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Watcher in the Woods (Dreamhouse Kings #2)

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  3,127 Ratings  ·  235 Reviews
It's not just the house that's keeping secrets.

Pretending everything's all right is harder than it sounds. But the Kings know that even if they told the truth about the bizarre things happening in their house, no one would believe them. They're hyper-focused on rescuing their lost family member before anyone finds out what's going on.

But when a stranger shows up to take t
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 28th 2009 by Thomas Nelson (first published May 6th 2008)
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Dec 23, 2015 Brynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What if your house had more secrets than you did? That is exactly what our young heroes, Xander, David, and Toria, face in Watcher in the Woods by Robert Liparulo . In this high-action story you will be transported into a whole new world. This is a brilliant sequel to House of Dark Shadows that will leave you wanting more.
Just moments after their mother was kidnapped a mysterious man appears in their dining room. He goes by the name of Taksidian. He tells them that he wants to buy the house fr
Mark Kipper
May 20, 2008 Mark Kipper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: boys, teens, action readers, time-travel junkies
Recommended to Mark by: Friend
Shelves: great-books
Watcher in the Woods has everything I like: action, adventure, suspense (lots of all three), characters I totally like, a nasty bad guy, mystery, twists & turns. I only wish it continued!! I thought the writing was great, very visual, like a movie. Honestly, I can't get enough of this guy and this story. I started reading the first book in the series, House of Dark Shadows, again, just so I could continue reading. I'm finding cool little details I missed before. I read one of Mr. Liparulo's ...more
Shannon McCarter
Okay so here’s the thing; this book did do a better job of hooking me in to the story……. So why did my rating go down half a star? Well, the read was still rather dry and, honestly, so little happens that I almost jut think that it didn’t need to be its own book. House of Dark Shadows was intriguing because we didn’t know what was up, but Watcher in the Woods was just tedious and repetitive which is truly unfortunate because I still find myself wanting to know what is going to happen next.

The s
Feb 03, 2017 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
very proud of myself finishing this book in way day. I love the idea of this story. It a complete different idea of normal story's that are kinda horror
Melissa Van
May 24, 2011 Melissa Van rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book, Dreamhouse Kings Watcher in the Woods, is a book that is filled with mystery, suspense, and horror. It is well written and is a good book to read if you like haunted houses, mysterious people, and unexplainable events.
The part of the book that captivated me was the very beginning. In the first lines the middle child, David King, is too young to die, but is in a situation in which dying young is a very big possibility. It tells you about how he is feeling, what is going through his he
Jul 11, 2015 C. rated it really liked it
I saw a peer give three stars and exclaimed: “The covers are eerie and the description enticing. How can they not receive fives”? I see what was lacking. Those of us attracted to these covers want ghost stories but these aren’t paranormal. The tone resembles science fiction, the settings are often military or warlike plains; not to my taste. I have no interest in that ancient assassin living on Earth. Legal matters threatening the family are irritants to an adventure I was managing to enjoy, out ...more
A good follow-up to the first in this promising horror-mystery series, though with not quite as much going on as the first book.

Xander and David now know that their house isn’t just weird, it’s dangerous and frightening. Their mother has been kidnapped, and they and their father are absolutely determined to get her back. But that will involve the appearance of dangerous new opponents, risky plans, and more death-defying adventures into the bizarre portals in the upstairs hallway that lead to ot
Shelby Huff
Nov 09, 2016 Shelby Huff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Watcher In The Woods, is the second book in the series by the best selling author of, House Of Dark Shadows, they are both written by Robert Liparulo. This book is perfect for people who enjoy mystery, creepy, and/or thrill seeking fictional novels. This book is an interesting story of how love, hope, and sacrifice can help the Kings family escape their own house. The story is told with rich detail and awe inspiring ‘cliff hangers’ perfect for readers who like intense novels.

It’s not just the h
Melissa Araujo
Jan 30, 2017 Melissa Araujo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Melissa Araujo
BR #5

Watcher In The Woods

The story begin with a boy named David and when he was little David lost his mom and someone took her. He doesn’t know who did it so his machine is to save her until it’s too late. Plus he really wants to save his mom really bad so they can get back together as a family.

And David will have experience when he is going to save his mom. “When he was going to the next door it opened by itself. An eye inspected him,then it swung wide and he was p
The starting was kind of boring and I thought the conflict between Ed and Xander was over but it continued for a long time. I noticed that in this book it didn't talk about Xander's perspective and it talked about David's perspective more. I think that the part when they start flying was a waste knowing about it cause it didn't match any of the problems going on and it also didn't seem like it helped the story. Near the middle and end was the best, so thrilling and I can't wait to read the next ...more
May 20, 2008 Bobbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I actually have the first two Dreamhouse Kings books in one edition and it was a really quick read for me. I could not put the book down! A great mystery with a twist of fantasy! I loved these stories so much that when I got to the end and realized I had to wait until January of 2009 for the next part of the story, I wanted to cry!
Jul 22, 2011 Jerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Quickie Review

Almost like a video game in book form, this second book in a long series is full of excitement and suspense. I'm interested to see where the story goes from here; hopefully, I can get my hands on the remaining volumes...and soon.

Score: 4/5
Excelente, estupendo, brillante y todo lo que termine en "te"!!
Desde luego, mucho mejor que el anterior.

Reseña completa
Teen fiction has its place in my reading habits occasionally, but I do find that it can be a bit much. Like now. With Watcher in the Woods. I don't know. Maybe I hoped that it wouldn't be a book crammed into such a small amount of time. The entire story takes place over 3 days time. Plus, it's an extension of the 1st book in the series, House of Dark Shadows, which I really liked. It picks right up where the 1st book left off, so really, I've read 2 books and gone only about 5 days in the lives ...more
Feb 28, 2017 Dawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, thriller
I am hooked on this series! The author really does a great job of writing descriptively to keep you on the edge of your seat. The King's moved into a strange old house in the last book and Mom was kidnapped. Now they have an outside evil trying to get them out of the house. They are determined to stay to find their lost loved one.
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Book review

Title: The Watcher in the Woods

Author: Robert Liparulo

Genre: thriller/family/paranormal

Rating: ***

Review: Watcher in the Woods picks up the eerie, engrossing story begun in House of Dark Shadows, which saw the King family move from Pasadena to the small town of Pinedale when their father Edward accepts the position of principal at the high school, and into a house with a dark history. From the first page of this Christian-published young adult novel we are plunged once again into the
Oct 05, 2016 McKenzie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i loved it
Steven Brandt (Audiobook-Heaven)
The King family is new to the small town of Pine Dale, California, and they are definitely not getting off on the right foot. Their new house, an old Victorian style that needs a lot of work, looks perfectly normal from the outside, albeit a little creepy. In reality, the house is anything but normal. Just a few days after moving in, the King children, Xander, David, and Toria, discovered the secret entrance to the third floor, a long hallway with lots of doors along either side. Each door on th ...more
Leigha Mclaughlin
Mar 09, 2011 Leigha Mclaughlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Watcher in the Woods by: Robert Liparulo
Reviewed by: Leigha McLaughlin

The book that I read was a mystery about the Kings family and the strange things that occur in their new home. That’s one of the reasons that I really enjoyed the book was because I like mysteries. In the starting of Watcher in the woods Mrs. King had already been taken away since this is the second book. They had to go through portals in their house that lead back to the past. In the first book a big man came in and took her
The first book was better. I give this three stars because, despite this being a frustrating read in some ways, there were still a couple good twists and I still wanted to know what would happen.

So it's got a good plot overall, but I thought some of the characters' actions were frustrating or unconvincing. Why didn't they call the police the first time Taxidien walked into their house, before the town ever wanted them out of the house? You can't just walk unannounced into someone's house and de
Actual rating: 2.5 stars
Dec 21, 2012 Kelli rated it liked it
Final Rating: 3.4 stars.

I'm sorry, I just couldn't bring myself to give this book that .1 to round it up to a 4 star rating. It wasn't bad at all, but I'm just not a huge fan of the series in general.

This specific book in the series, #2, is about the Kings adjusting to their life without their mother. It's a little strange, seeing as this almost-300-page book takes place over a course of...I believe 2 or 3 days? Crazy stuff, it is. They are also overcome with a new problem-a man is trying to
Isaac Thornsen
Watcher in the Woods is the sequel to the fictional novel House of Dark Shadows which is only a running start for the springboard into the Dream House Kings series. Mr. King, David, Xander, and Toria King are on the search for their mother, who oddly was lost in their big, new house in Pinedale, California. This house is like no other house you've seen before, though. There are portals to past, fantastically devastating, real-life events such as the Civil War, the Roman Colosseum, and WWII. In t ...more
Jessica Saylor
Oct 19, 2010 Jessica Saylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Quick Overview: Watcher in the Woods by Robert Liparulo picks up right where House of Dark Shadows left off with its mysterious plot, confusing characters and good writing. The Dreamhouse Kings series is one of those series you'll regret leaving for a rainy day.

This book was a really great sequel. Normally, when you have a sequel, you find it is very repetitive and kind of lost as one of the middle stories. The author can't give too much away about the ending, but they also usually run out of in
a little faith
Mar 04, 2014 a little faith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book covers will be the death of me. I just can't pass on a beautiful cover. On the blurb for this book alone I wouldn't have picked it up but that cover...then I find that it's number two in a series so of course I have to buy the first (not as lovely a cover but still part of the substance of the series i.e. the story/words) and since I don't just buy books to look pretty on my shelf (well not all the time) I bought them both. I'm not going to review the first, not because it was bad because h ...more
Lori Twichell
Oct 08, 2013 Lori Twichell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For the second venture into this amazing series, Liparulo’s writing loses no pacing in his plot or his character development. As the house seems to grow and evolve for the characters, so the characters are growing and evolving for us. Seen from mostly David’s perspective this go around, we get to see Dad through eyes that are a little less judgmental, and experience Xander’s anger and antagonism from his little brother’s perspective. It gives a little softer edge to the storytelling, but this do ...more
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I immediately started reading this right after "House of Dark Shadows" and I recommend reading this series in order. The events took place in the same time frame and I have a feeling the books are under one epic novel divided into five.

Robert Liparulo now gives voice to David, the middle child and focuses on his thoughts and feelings. The story introduces a new character who wants them out of the house - and does everything he could to scare them away. They still lie to the outside people, expla
Tessa D
Nov 11, 2010 Tessa D rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
David was about to step into the portal that he knew his mother was kidnapped into. Oh, the suspense of the book is so good. Also, all the things that are going on makes it exciting- the King’s moving to a new town, new school, new people, and a new house. The book Watcher In The Woods will make you want to read the whole book in just one day.

In the present day, the King family was moving. The Kings all were moving into the house everyone thought was haunted. How would they known? It’s not like
Nov 07, 2010 Hayley705 rated it really liked it
Watcher in the woods.
Watcher in the woods by Robert Liparulo, is science fiction stroy about a normal family in a strange home. When they move to this house it looks rundown but seems normal. Well, thats until they found out about these weird portals which takes you to time periods of our world. David and his family want to move back out, however they come acrross a great problem, mom is taken kidnapped. They then refuse to leave and want to find mom. It seems simple act as if all is well outs
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Robert Liparulo's novels, Comes a Horseman, Germ, Deadfall Deadlock, The 13th Tribe, and The Judgment Stone,have received rave reviews. His short story "Kill Zone" is included in the anthology Thriller, edited by James Patterson. He is also the author of the best-selling young adult series DREAMHOUSE KINGS: House of Dark Shadows, Watcher in the Woods, Gatekeepers, Timescape, Whirlwind, and Frenzy. ...more
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Dreamhouse Kings (6 books)
  • House of Dark Shadows (Dreamhouse Kings, #1)
  • Gatekeepers (Dreamhouse Kings, #3)
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  • Whirlwind (Dreamhouse Kings, #5)
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