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Locked in Time

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,819 Ratings  ·  234 Reviews
Nore arrives at her stepmother's Louisiana plantation to find her new family odd and an aura of evil and mystery about the place.
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 1st 1986 by Turtleback Books (first published April 1st 1985)
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Suzana Thompson This is paranormal. I'm not sure what you mean by very paranormal, but it's about a girl discovering paranormal secrets about her new stepmother and…moreThis is paranormal. I'm not sure what you mean by very paranormal, but it's about a girl discovering paranormal secrets about her new stepmother and her children. I don't want to give anything away, but it's not about vampires or werewolves or anything that is so prevalent in supernatural stories today.(less)
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Ellen Gail
I've no idea why, but this book terrified me so badly as a child that I hid it behind my parents bookcase. I can't remember anything that scary about it, but I was literally afraid of the book itself.

I also thought for a while that the ghost of Abe Lincoln lived in my closet. I don't think a particular book caused that. I was just a very weird child.
Misty Ronchietto
I'm reading all of my son's AR (for school) books with him so we can discuss and I can make sure he is actually reading rather than just flipping pages. Haha. He hasn't finished yet so it will be interesting to get his perspective.

The book was interesting and fast paced enough to keep one reading but I had a few major issues with it.

First, the entire book is premised on the idea that the only thing of concern for the female characters is maintaining or achieving physical beauty for the purpose
Jan 04, 2013 Andria rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen-fiction
This is my least-favorite of Lois Duncan's books. It's also the only one I DIDN'T read as a teen since it was published after I had graduated from the YA section (and yes, there was a YA section at my library back in those olden days. YA DID exist pre-Twilight, you know). I don't know if this one packs less of a punch than her earlier works because it was written later in her career, or if Lois Duncan is best read when one is young and just discovering supernatural suspense fiction.

I still LOVE
Feb 16, 2013 Tish rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lois Duncan is good with building atmosphere, both environmental and emotional. The story was set in Louisiana and the descriptions of the surroundings and even the weather were very well done. Duncan also created a very creepy feeling from the very beginning, but I found the foreshadowing to be a bit heavy-handed.

I might have really liked this book had I read it when I was in middle school. It doesn't seem childish or anything, but maybe shallow is how I would describe it. There's not much dept
Oct 29, 2014 Chloe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought it was a really good book over all, it had great detail and lots of cliff hangers, I feel that it was kinda to hard to get into until the middle book.
Its about Josie who's mother died and her father got remarried in less then a year, and Josie makes some bad decisions along the way .
There is something about Lois Duncan, that even when you know what's going on early on, you just don't believe it. She can really write an eerie story!

#rereading for a school project. Yippee!
Oct 25, 2014 Karra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
31/2 Stars
Julie Decker
Nore's mom died and she's shocked to discover that her father has suddenly remarried a new woman while she's been away. Furthermore, Lisette is a bit too perfect, as are her teenage kids. Nore's mother comes to her in dreams trying to urge her and her father to escape the stepfamily, but she has no power, and everyone is bamboozled by these creepy strangers. Furthermore, they keep making comments that either make it clear they're hiding something or imply they have been alive for more than 100 y ...more
Halcyon Daze

Nore Robbins spends the summer in down south Louisiana in order to get acquainted with her new step-family. She's a bit bitter that her father decided to remarry so soon after her mother's death, but tries to approach her step-mom and step-siblings with an open mind. Step-mom is a beautiful woman named Lisette Berge who has a teenage son named Gabe who clearly has the hots for his new stepsister and a young daughter named Josie, who's a sullen thirteen-year-old prone to throwing tantrums. T
Jan 26, 2015 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I've talked about my Joan Lowery Nixon phase before. I actually think I discovered Lois Duncan right before Nixon, but the two will always go hand and hand in my mind. Together they perfectly satisfied my twelve-year-old thirst for a light blending of suspense and the macabre. And no Duncan book did that better than the deliciously creepy LOCKED IN TIME. I enjoyed all of her books and they all succeeded in giving me the chills at one point or another. My old copy of I Know What You Did Last S ...more
Jun 15, 2014 Destiney rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this book when I was in middle school, and I have just recently re-read it now that I am just finishing high school. Coming back to it now, I see now how it is not as great of a book as I remembered it to be, it has a very good concept and story line it just seems to me that it isn't written as well or maybe just not in a way that I'm used to reading in. From the beginning the mood is already set, we meet the main character and we learn that her mother has died and her father sent her to ...more
Kelly Hager
Sep 12, 2015 Kelly Hager rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun fact: this is easily my favorite Lois Duncan book and it was the first one I read.

It's just as suspenseful as her others, but it also is a little more Gothic. There's a big question (at least as I read it) about how much is real and how much is in Nore's imagination. (I love stories like that, where you're not entirely sure what the true story is.)

And when I re-read it for this feature, it was so much scarier than I remembered it being. I feel like one of the creepiest things is the fact tha
Miguel Sanchez
Apr 15, 2009 Miguel Sanchez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
This book was amazing! This is one of the few books that I liked to read that wasn't about sports. I would definatly recommend this book to a friend or to anyone else. When you read this novel, you can't put it down. It gets really suspenseful and you never know what is going to happen next. That is how I was, I couldn't put the book down because it was so good. Lois Duncan is my favorite author and he writes the best horror/mystery books in my opinion. If you are ever looking for something to r ...more
Rebecca Alston
Feb 14, 2016 Rebecca Alston rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting story. Had I known it was meant for a younger reader, I probably wouldn't have read it, but it was a nice break from grown-up books. Good story, good characters, good flow. I will definitely recommend it to my daughter in a few years.
Becky Keir Grace
Apr 18, 2016 Becky Keir Grace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, magic
Locked in Time was one of my favorite books in middle school. I reread this book time and again. When I saw it had been updated for a more modern time, I had to reread it! Nore's father remarries a southern woman and moved to Louisiana. Nore joins her father for the summer to get to know her new family. She immediately hits it off with Gabe, her step-brother. Thirteen year old Josie is a bit of a dramatic challenge, and Lisette, her step-mother seems to be holding in her own secrets. While spend ...more
Cathy Cramer
This book was a summer library reading prize for my teen, and I read it after the teen did. Suspenseful. Weird. This reminded me of the book, "Can I Get There by Candlelight?" but in a more sinister tone.

My teen wants to get this book for a cousin's birthday - high praise.

I liked the reviewer's comment that said the book was not so scary it gave nightmares, but just enough to give a shiver. I thought that was a good description, although I can picture it giving younger readers nightmares. Anoth
Angie B
Sep 02, 2015 Angie B rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I had to choose a favourite book, from my mid to late teens, this one would be a very serious contender. I recall picking this up, at the local library, imagining it to be some kind of history book from the title. It looked intriguing enough to take home and read so I did. I was completely hooked on it. I thought the first person narrative added to the tension, of this particular story, as you could really imagine you were Nore going through all these terrifying experiences. I think this book ...more
Locked In Time: Revenge can last forever...

The Setup (Overview):

A young woman named Nore is visiting her father for the first time since he remarried. The remarriage was something that took Nore by surprise since her mother had passed away not long before and her father still seemed to be lost in his grief. Though she did not entirely approve, Nore gave her father the benefit of the doubt as the new marriage seemed to pull him out of the depression that had consumed his life. In order to welcome
Oct 09, 2014 Janewalters rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This story takes place in Louisiana, at an old southern plantation. It is right out side of a town called merville
The charicters are, Nore, Lis, Chuck, Gabe, Josie and Dave. Nore is the main chariter she is a young 16 year old girl. She is coming down to Louisiana from New England to meet her new stepfamily. Chuck is her father he is a famous author, after they wanted to make his big book (life in the fast lane) in to a screenplay for a movie he moves to Louisiana, and meets Lisette.
In locked
Sep 04, 2014 Yujin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book ‘Locked in Time’ by Lois Duncan is one of my favourite mystery books.
The main character Nore, joins her father and her step-family for school holidays for the first time. Nore has a step-mother, step-sister, and a step-brother. Nore’s mother had died because somebody hit her with their car, her step-mother’s husband had died because he was really sick, and a step-brother had died a few years ago. Then Nore’s dad and her step-mother Lisette married. Then one day, Nore has a dream about
Oct 07, 2010 Susan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: home
I would have starred this higher if I was teenager reading it as I think I would have enjoyed it much more at about twelve. Duncan is a good writer and I plan to read more of her mysteries, but this was a just a bit too predictable. I don't think it was supposed to be a huge surprise but I figured out the mystery almost immediately, taking away some of the punch later on. However, she build tension slowly, the characters are relatively interesting and creepy, and I loved the setting (south Louis ...more
K.L. Gore
Jul 31, 2015 K.L. Gore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a huge fan of Lois Duncan, so I might be a little biased. What I like in a story is tension and suspense, and Lois definitely delivers both in this book. If you enjoy modern teen fiction, you'll probably not relate to the main character. She speaks and thinks in a much more mature manner than teens in real life. But in the 80s, that was acceptable for literature. I found it a little amusing that people who reviewed this book found the dad insensitive and uncaring.If he were to believe her a ...more
Feb 10, 2014 Keith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was very impressed by this novel by Lois Duncan. Nore was very a very sympathetic character from the beginning, and having her thrown into a new situation allowed for us to naturally be introduced to a new location and characters with her. The setting was perfect for a tale of secrets slowly revealed, and her isolation was brilliantly handled. I also liked that Nore wasn't left in the dark too long about the mysteries going on with her new family. Too many times, truths are painfully obvious t ...more
Suzana Thompson
Sep 24, 2015 Suzana Thompson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I got nostalgic for a time when supernatural YA was more about suspense and uncovering secrets than hot guys. I found it funny that someone commented that the females in this book are obsessed with beauty, because the females in today's books are obsessed with male beauty. Not that I don't enjoy a hot guy as much as the next girl, but the heroine in this book actually rejects the hot guy when he suggests running away together. She doesn't melt and jump his bones.

Although readers might guess the
Oct 09, 2013 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book got better the further along it went. It wasn't as good to me as The Twisted Window or Down a Dark Hall; it was a little slower in building up the suspense and didn't reveal as much as quickly as the other two. I enjoyed the storyline, and in fact, as I was telling a friend about it, two other people overheard and seemed fascinated with the concept as well. The book is well-written. At first, I thought the first-person narrative was too mature for a seventeen-year-old character, but in ...more
I read this as a very young teen (or maybe even a "tween"?) and remember enjoying it, at the time. I have a feeling that if I read it again as an adult, it wouldn't seem like anything special-- and I might not even like it at all, based on what I'm seeing in some other reviews-- but it was probably one of the first gothic novels I ever read (albeit of a YA/teen variety). At least, as I recall it, it seems like "gothic lite for teens". A few elements of the novel made enough of an impression that ...more
Nov 25, 2014 Michael rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
THIS book had a good amount of conflict, but is confusing. The author does by keep telling the past and I dont know if there talking in the present or back then they will talk about there brother dead and there mother back and i get out of track because i think they are talking to the present and also they always have flash backs when they would remember something and some person who will know something will happen next and at the end they got in a car accident but there are alive but they notic ...more
Nov 09, 2014 Vesmé rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-youth, 2014
Originally read? Reread 2014.

This is a book I would think of every now and then, even though I couldn't remember the author or title. (Thank you to the What's The Name of That Book??? group for helping me find it!)

The story has been updated slightly, mostly addressing changes in technology.

I enjoyed the story, but I have to admit after reading some other reviews they bring up good points about problems with the characters (Nore doesn't have much of a personality, there is a lot of focus on how f
chris law
Dec 08, 2010 chris law rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was pretty interesting about Nore Robbins (the main character). This book is mostly about Nore and what she has to deal with. She has to deal with her mother's death. She also has to deal with her fathers remarriage and she has to deal with her new stepmother, stepbrother, and stepsister. Her stepmother's name is Lisette, her stepbrother's name is Gabe, and her stepsister's name is Josie. The theme of this book is that no matter how hard life is you have to deal with it.
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Lois Duncan (born Lois Duncan Steinmetz) was 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 grew up in Saraso ...more
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