A Deadly Game of Magic
Although this is a young adult book, I found it gave me (twice the age of its target audience) quite the heebie-jeebies. I was literally, lamely, going back to the age where you see the shape in the darkness and even though you know it's a pile of clothes in your messy room, you're like "but what if someone came in and is just imitating the pile of clothes that was there?" It started up about halfway through, when Lisa attempted her knock-knock joke, and grew like a cold covering of creepiness...more
I read other Joan Lowery Nixon books as a teenager—and I enjoyed them. Either I had no taste in books at the time or Deadly Game is just a stinker. (Since Lowery Nixon is an Edgar Award winner, I hope it’s the latter.)
In the book, four high school students are trapped in a rainstorm. ...more
Lisa and Julian have almost the same characteristic ...more
Author: Joan Lowery Nixon
Summary: Seeking shelter from a fierce Texas storm, four teens are trapped inside a strange house as unwitting players in a magician's evil games. The phone goes dead. A plaster head suddenly appears. A disembodied hand taps the mantel. Then the magic turns even more sinister, leading inevitably toward murder.
Review: Not my favorite from Nixon, but still definitely worth the reading.
Things I Loved: It was all so scary and ...more
Four kids, who rather dislike each other, are driving home from a debate in Dallas in a terrible rainstorm. The water is rising and in a desolate area the car dies. But there is a house nearby and the kids run to it. They manage to call a tow truck and one parent before the phone goes dead. And then the electricity goes out as the storm gets worse. Trapped in the house, that se ...more
I think that plot is fresh and original. The book was written in the 70s-80s, but I think it's a book that teen today could read and really enjoy. I like the friendships that spawn from these four kids trap ...more
It turns out that there was a magician guy that was really creey. Unsure if he was a muderer or not but he had some how took over the home and it was a realy night mare for Lisa and her friends.
This book kind of reminds me of the movie the haunted house. How there ...more