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When the Wind Blows

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  3,189 ratings  ·  44 reviews
The children were waiting. Waiting for centuries. Waiting for someone to hear their cries. Now nine-year-old Christine Lyons has come to live in the house on the hill -- the house where no children have lived for fifty years. Now little Christie will sleep in the old-fashioned nursery on the third floor. Now Christie's terror will begin.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 2nd 1990 by Dell Publishing Company (first published August 1st 1981)
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This is basically Mommie Dearest if there was also a Grannie Dearest thrown in the mix.
I don't know what weird fetish this author has by killing off children in the most gruesome ways, it's like kiddy torture porn. In all the books I've read from him at least a child dies, so much it's become ridiculously morbid and predictable at this point.
After reading John Saul's, When the Wind Blows, I can't say that I'm a fan of his but I'm not putting him down for the count. When it comes to being a reader, I can't say that I'm specific to any genre. If I had to pick one it would be children's or YA, not mystery, suspense, horror or thriller, all of which this novel could be classified under. Since none of the above is my forte, so to speak, I feel as if I must tread lightly when judging a book by an author who is much loved by many. Almost, ...more
Amberton, een klein stadje, gelegen aan de onderkant van een mijn, is 50 jaar rustig geweest. Maar de opening van de mijn brengt daar verandering in. Als de opzichter Dhr. Lyons bij een ongeluk om het leven komt, gaat zijn dochter, Christie, tijdelijk bij Diana Amber en haar moeder Edna wonen. Maar dan gebeuren er rare dingen en stort Christie's wereld geleidelijk in. Edna is namelijk alleen maar boos en Diana is niet te pijlen. Het belangrijkste is dat als de wind waait Christie lief moet zijn. ...more
Chris Cangiano
A quick and somewhat formulaic read but still fun in that Lifetime movie, early 1980's horror kind of way. The town of Amberville is haunted by the shadow of a fifty-year old mining disaster which affected every family living there. Now Christie Lyons' father has come to town to try to reopen the mine. Soon enough she's orphaned and living with the Edna and Dianna Amber, the town's nasty matriarch and her doormat of a daughter. Dark secrets abound. Who is killing young Christie's friends? Does i ...more
It was good, not great. The way children are treated in some of John Saul's stories might lead some to believe the writer really detests kids. I am sure that is not the case. Maybe he feels it makes for better storytelling. If I were him I would be a little more creative with my plots instead of rewriting the same stories with different characters.
Though predictable, I did get gripped in the whole family legacy dynamic offered in this book. At times, there was a bit of a "Carrie" theme in the storyline. I am not sure if it worthy to be shelved on my "spooks" shelf though and may have to "sub-shelf" it on "crazy."
I read this book many years ago (early 80's). According to the records I've always kept of the books I've read, I thought this book was good. In my early teen years I read mostly all horror books.
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
Well, John Saul has certainly created some crazy characters in this one. a disturbing tale of mother/child relationships gone horribly wrong.
I like John Saul, but I don't like that he often kills off all the best characters.
I'm finding a recurring theme in this Saul book and the last one I read about letting the past stay the past. In each one a closed down business is being looked into reopening it (both industrial) and each had a horrid history. Some people say its better to leave it to the past while others are looking forward to the business reopening to help out a struggling town.

As in other Saul books this also introduces superstitions of the local natives that have graced the area for longer than any other
"When the Wind Blows" is another selection from a giant bag of books a coworker gave me.

I should start my own imprint of mystery/thrillers: "Giant Bag of Coworker's Books, an imprint of HarperCollins."

In Amberton, Colorado, "When the Wind Blows" is a time when bad things happen. The Amber family founded the town (ergo, Amberton), based on a huge coal mine. The local Native Americans and Mexicans know there's something cursed about the mine: when the Wind blows, you can hear the cries of the wat
I read this because it was recommended for Stephen King fans and I was sooo let down by this! The writing was poor, the plot was slow and boring, the characters were obnoxious and unappealing and I was so bored that I dumped it after a handful of chapters. I didn't feel there was any suspense or tension and I was left wondering 'when is something interesting going to happen?'. Not one I'd recommend.
Haven't read early John Saul since I was a teenager. Can't remember hardly a thing other than they scared me at the time and contributed to my love of horror. I can't imagine any of his books would have the same effect on me now. John Saul just isn't that good of a writer, even all these years later, I don't think he's gotten any better.
Karen Kalbacher
Crazy Edna Ambers doesn't want her daughter Diana to keep orphan Christie. And maybe she's right because when the wind blows bad things happen. If you like reading about dead baby ghosts, this is entertaining and eerie. But don't get too attached to the characters...John Saul likes murdering characters and no one is safe when the wind blows
This book is the first John Saul book I read and I read it at a very young age and fell in love with John Saul and this genre. I have read this book several times and would pick it up again to read it. Although John Saul is one of my favorite authors, his books are very similar but this one is definitely one of my favorite.
Far from the best book I've ever read. The plot was fairly basic, and the outcome far too predictable. It passed a little time, but I won't read it again, and I don't recommend it if you are looking for something scary or intense.
Creepy...This was a thrift store find, but I'm glad I did find it! I read it years ago when I was a teen, so it would probably have a different effect on me now that I'm a parent. I remember it being a good, creepy book.
Love this book ! I first read this book when I was 10 years old. Ever since then I have been an avid John Saul fan , reading every book I have been able to find. I still think that this is one of his better ones !
Fans of Stephen King will love this book. Well, this and all books by John Saul. They're paranormal, supernatural, psycological thrillers that will keep you up past midnight.
Haley Hartley
I loved it! At first I didn't think I would, but I was very pleasantly surprised. It draws you right it and I felt like I was watching a movie, very vivid! Loved it!
My all-time favorite book AND my first "adult" book. I read it in the summer between fourth and fifth grade and it will always hold a certain magic.
One of my favorites from John Saul. The characters are well developed and the plot is incredibly engaging. A must read for John Saul fans.
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A girl is sent to live with a crzy woman and her crazier mother. It left a lot to the imagination.
Simon Deimel
I enjoyed reading this. A straight story. I must admit that I expected more emphasis on the supernatural aspects though.
This book evoked such strong sensory reactions for me. Better than movie-real...and scary as Hell!
Barbara Huskey
Took a little while to get exciting, but once it did, wow! I could not put it down!
Dec 17, 2008 Heidi added it
john saul ropes you in strings you out and frightens the pants off you
Another awesome John Saul book! Absolutely chilling and a page turner!
I really liked to read thrillers growing up and John Saul is great at creepy.
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John Saul was born in Pasadena, California on February 25, 1942, and grew up in Whittier where he graduated from Whittier High School in 1959. He attended several colleges—Antioch, in Ohio, Cerritos, in Norwalk, California, Montana State University and San Francisco State College, variously majoring in anthropology, liberal arts, and theater, but never obtaining a degree.
After leaving college, he
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