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The Twisted Window

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  1,361 ratings  ·  162 reviews
What does he want with her?

Tracy Lloyd can feel handsome Brad Johnson watching her.He's not a student at her school. He doesn't even live in Winfield. But Brad has plans for Tracy...
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 1st 1988 by Laurel Leaf (first published 1987)
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Kristin Curtis
The Twisted Window is a thriller about a young girl named Tracy Lloyd. Tracy lives with her aunt and uncle because, after her mother was killed, her father didn't feel like he was about to care for her. She is bitter and angry with her life. She meets an attractive new kid named Brad and asks a huge favor of her. His little sister has been taken by his stepfather and Brad wants to get her back. Tracy agrees, not thinking much about the possible consequences. It's his sister after all, so it's no ...more
I've never read anything written by Lois Duncan before and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. It is a page turner and you have to read until the last chapter to receive the answers to your questions: Why and when has Brad became so disturbed and what exactly happened to Mindy, his little sister?

The story begins with Brad searching for a particular type of girl to help him out. We don't know why and what his plan is (for a few pages I actually thought he was a murderer wh
Lizzy Lessard
There’s a trend in YA fiction about unhealthy relationships and the characters are blind to how abnormal the attraction is between a girl and a boy. When we’re first introduce to Tracy and the guy watching her, THE TWISTED WINDOW seems to follow that trend. Then the book switches to his point of view and he exhibits all signs of a sociopath.

Run. Tracy. Run.

Tracy doesn’t run, but she does have some hesitation about getting to know him. He seems to know too much about her. He shows up at her house

Lois Duncan delivers a great Young Adult thriller with just the right amount of creepy-woo-woo factor, from the very start when a new boy at school “chooses” a special girl for reasons unknown. So far, I’m there in the story, ready to go! But from that point, as Brad reveals his “mission” to Tracy Lloyd, a teen dissatisfied with her current life, the two of them jump headfirst into danger and intrigue as Tracy decided to help Brad get his baby sister back from the man who took her. But what has
When Brad, the new kid at school, approaches Tracy for help, she is reluctant. He wants her to help him get back his little sister, Mindy, who, he claims, has been kidnapped by his ex-stepfather. Tracy doesn't know him and parts of his story don't add up. Shouldn't he go the cops, his mother, anybody in authority? But Brad has a perfectly good explanation for all her objections. Finally, after seeing the beautiful little girl and, if she is being honest, partly because she is angry with her aunt ...more
Katy Vance
I joined NetGalley, saw this book by Lois Duncan and thought perfect! I'll read one of her books! I LOVED her when I was younger!

I was all prepared to write an absolutely scathing review, and then I checked the copyright date. I feel a little relieved knowing that it was originally written in 1987 and this must just be her publishers trying to drum up popularity for an out of date writer. Unsuccessful.

My only slightly scathing review: It was terrible. The characters were flat, the descriptions
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Man, was this a blast from the past! I grew up in the 80's and Lois Duncan was a regular on the library shelves. Seemed like every where you looked, there was a new Lois Duncan mystery novel just waiting to be checked out.

Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy this book as much as I did when I was younger. The first time I read it, it opened my eyes to what reading could be. It could be suspenseful, mysterious, surprising and you could fall in love wit
In the beginning this boy, named Brad, from New Mexico came to Texas to look for his baby sister. He thought that his step dad had taken her away from his mother. When he finally found her, he convinced this young girl from a near by high school in Texas to help him get her back from his step dad, Gavin. The girls name was Tracy and she decided to help him out to find his baby sister Mindy. When they finally went to get her, Tracy acted like she would be a babysitter for the people and then Brad ...more
I continue the Lois Duncan excursion with THE TWISTED WINDOW, a story about a disturbed boy who meets a cynical girl and they wreak havoc on innocent people’s lives. Ah, teenagers. Misguided, naive, mentally ill teenagers. The thing about the other Lois Duncan book I’ve read for my project, SUMMER OF FEAR, is that while it had good pacing and a nice amount of suspense, it was based in a supernatural threat, so it never felt like it was plausible and therefore affecting of me. THE TWISTED WINDOW, ...more
Hannah Gillespie
In the book, The Twisted Window, by Lois Duncan, I found myself extremely attached to the main character. Duncan is phenomenal at giving the reader insight to the characters thoughts and feelings. With every move Brad, the main character, made, I felt like I was right there next to him. Every aspect of this book is detailed, and leaves you wondering what is going to happen next. This book, as you can tell by the title is very suspenseful, and keeps the reader on the edge of their seat until the ...more
This is my third Lois Duncan book and it's not my favorite. It's ok, but nothing special. In this one, a boy named Brad travels to Texas to get a girl help him save his little sister from the father who kidnapped her.

Like another Lois Duncan ebook I've read recently, The Twisted Window has been slightly updated to make it more "relevent" to modern audiences. The main difference is that the characters are always using their cell phones, instead of (presumably) landlines & payphones. In a part
I received a free copy of this book to review from Netgalley. It was originally published in 1987 and then re-introduced in digital form in 2012. I think they tried to update it some, because even though they were using phone books and the setting was obviously in the 1980s, at one point, Brad says he has no phone and there is no cell coverage where he is - which is odd since there were no phones or cell coverage anywhere then. The story is ok, rather twisted and creepy I suppose. Brad shows up ...more
Tracy is stuck with her aunt and uncle after her mothers death because her father decided he didn't want her after all. That's why she's sympathetic to Brads plea for help getting his kidnapped little sister away from his awful stepdad - but what is Brads real story? This was so inconsistently updated - when a VCR was mentioned, I figured this was the original. Then a few cell phones showed up. Some updates were seamless, others needed to be rethought. Overall, this is amazing for its multiple v ...more
This is an easy read and will hold student's attention as only Lois Duncan can. Add this title to your collection and recommend it to teachers looking for good mysteries for readers who cannot read AND THEN THERE WERE NONE by Christie.
when you see the cover of this book you would think it was a disturbed horror novel, but it is actually not. and it is a great book! pretty short entertaining read FULL of surprises!
Tessa Novak
Holy high-school flashbacks. Lois Duncan is all the books you'd sneak into your Pee Chee folder and read while pretending to take notes during math class.

Quality cheap thrills, is what I'm saying.

Some things I'd forgotten about Lois Duncan books:

- They move FAST. This isn't a book that's going to sustain you on a rainy day. More like you'll start it at the beginning of your bus ride and be flipping through the last pages as you walk in your front door.*
- It seems like there's going to be romanc
Stacie D-Struction
Received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I had some uninterrupted time today and decided to catch up on my ARCs because woah am I behind. I think I should have just skipped this one. I remember reading Christoper Pike and RL Stine and the like way back when and actually being slightly creeped out but definitely entertained and like I wanted to read more. This book was pretty predictable, boring and just downright odd from the beginning. I am not sure who I would recommend it for.
The Twisted Window by Lois Duncan
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Rating: 3½/5

Life in Winfield, Texas is pretty sedate after having lived her entire life in New York. But, for Tracy Lloyd, sedate is just fine. Following the violent death of her mother and total rejection by her father, Tracy moved to Winfield to live with her aunt and uncle. Each day is the same; Tracy wakes up, goes to school, stays out of the mix and walks slowly home so as to avoid interaction with her aunt and uncle. For totally understanda
The Twisted Window was thrilling to read and, ill be honest, was kinda freaky at some points. This book is about Tracy, who meets this guy Brad and agrees to help him find his half sister. I found this was book was very predictable most of the time. I gave this book 4 stars because over all, it was a fun and entertaining book to read. I believe this book is a good read for teens who love mystery, but i do think that some adults might think this book is a little boring just because you always kno ...more
Elizabeth Christensen
I really like the beginning of the book, the way it introduced the characters. The introduction was convincing, yet, if I were to reread it, it would have been misleading and unfinished because later in the book the main character totally shows his true colors. These true colors were the only scary part of the book, because the boy turns out to be a crazy person. Overall I wish the book had more suspense and action but I still enjoyed reading it. I think it wasn't written at a very high reading ...more
Brad's little sister has been kidnapped by his step-father, so he travels to Texas to find her. Living with her aunt and uncle since her mother's murder, high school junior Tracy is at first reluctant to help the good looking stranger. After considering her estrangement from her own father, she agrees to help. What could go wrong?
Lois Duncan has created an implausible tale and readers will have to suspend their beliefs that a sixteen year old from New York City is naive enough to trust a strange
Found this on the thrift store bookshelf, and my daughter wanted it. I quickly told her i wanted to read it first as it reminded me of books I liked to read at her age. I'd never read this particular one. It's kinda strange, as many Lois Duncan's were in the late 1980's. But it was good, and very nostalgic as I read about Webster being on TV and numerous other pop cult references from the 80s like snacks, slang, etc. That was lots of fun for me, but I'm sure my daughter won't be as entertained. ...more
Kirsty-Marie Jones

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The Twisted Window

Author: Lois Duncan

Current Publication Date: Aug 28 2012

Source : Open Road Media via Netgalley (Thank you!)

The Twisted Window

The new guy at Tracy's school is handsome, intense, and desperately needs her help--but there's something about him that isn't quite right

High school junior Tracy Lloyd is unsure about the new guy in school. Brad Johnson is attractive, smart, and polite, but Tracy can't help but feel he watches her too closely. Then
She thought of the little girl in the yellow sundress and of the child's mother, immobilized by loss. She tried to visualize the father, the horrendous "child-snatcher." Even his name had an evil ring to it, like the stage name of an actor who played villains.

Brad is a teenager on a desperate mission to take back his little sister from his mother's child-snatching ex-husband. When he is refused help from his mother, his best friend, and the police, he turns to Tracy, a high school student in th
Levina  C.
Thrillers, especially children's thrillers, are like the junk food of the literary world. They're a quick and easy way to provide entertainment and no one expects any thought-provoking introspection or unique premises from them. They're designed to deliver suspense, and Lois Duncan does exactly that and nothing more.

This novella starts out with two high school students trading narration as their eyes follow each other around the school. One is a boy with a mysterious mission which requires him
Pamela (slytherpuff)
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Lois Duncan's Ransom was one of my favorite books when I was younger, so I was thrilled when I was approved for this galley! I'm actually surprised I didn't read this book when it was first published in 1987. (Ouch. Showing my age.)

This is a great book for Middle Grade readers. There is enough suspense and intrigue -- without being gruesome -- to interest adults and kids alike. And while the adult part of me is rolling my eyes at some of the goings-on, t
Alyssa Archambo
The Twisted Window is a story about Brad Johnson and Tracy Lloyd. Brad has traveled to Texas from New Mexico in order to track down his baby sister Mindy, who has been kidnapped by his stepfather. Enrolling Tracy in his plan to get her back and bring her home, the two teenagers come together to help Brad's family become reunited.

The beginning was strange for me, with Brad looking over girls in a high school to find "the right one" for his plan. However, after all that was over, I was automatical
Andrea Hussey
Plot spoilers
The beginning was just pain creepy. He’s scoping out girls like a total creep.

This goes to show that older people shouldn’t write as teenagers. Her high school students sounded like stuffy old middle aged adults.
For ex: “It’s hard to generate action when you’re holding a tray that’s dripping spaghetti sauce.”
Seriously? What teenaged way uses the word generate?

Tracy was not likable as a character. She was cool and distant to guys, like she was better than them. And the whole she-act
C. Purtill
Lois Duncan's novels are always page-turners. I read this book in less than a day. She knows how to keep the pace up, keep the thrill going and the mystery alive. That being said, it's obvious that this novel was originally written in 1987. While certain things have been updated (references to cell phones, for example), the overall plot feels dated.

A handsome stranger named Brad convinces high school junior Tracy to assist him in getting his kidnapped sister back. Despite her misgivings, she's t
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Lois Duncan (born Lois Duncan Steinmetz, April 28, 1934) is an American writer and novelist, known primarily for her books for children and young adults, in particular (and some times controversially considering her young readership) crime thrillers. Duncan's parents were the noted magazine photographers Lois Steinmetz and Joseph Janney Steinmetz. She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but gr ...more
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