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The Back Door of Midnight (Dark Secrets #5)

4.22  ·  Rating Details ·  3,793 Ratings  ·  196 Reviews
Psychic...or psychotic?

Anna knows her family is crazy. But when she goes to visit her aunt and uncle for the summer and learns that her uncle’s charred body has been found, her life reaches a new level of insanity. Her erratic aunt’s “psychic” abilities are exaggerated by her grief, and have become borderline violent. Alone in an unfamiliar town, Anna struggles to pick up
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ebook, 320 pages
Published November 16th 2010 by Simon Pulse
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Nina {ᴡᴏʀᴅs ᴀɴᴅ ᴡᴀᴛᴇʀ}
Reread June 3rd 2015!

I loved this one as much as I loved the previous two Dark Secrets collections.

Anna O'Neill Kirkpatrick has come to Wisteria to visit her great Uncle at his request, on the grounds that he wished to tell her something about the O'Neill family, only to find that he had died several days before. Instead she finds herself in the company of her crazy great Aunt Iris, who according to the O'Neill family is either psychic or psychotic. Anna doesn't yet believe she's psychic. Howeve
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Stephanie * Outlandish Reads
If there's anything I've learned from this series, it's that the bad guy is always the person you're supposed to suspect the least. But after 5 stories? You kind of figure out that the nicest character is most likely going to try to murder the MC at some point.
Louise
Good story, interesting and quiet spooky :P
Sadia
There are different reasons for reading books, sometimes to simply appreciate the beauty of the writing, sometimes to learn something, sometimes to open your mind to new ideas... there are tons of reasons. My reason for reading this one was pretty simple, I needed an escape, all I was doing for weeks was revising and needed a book that I could read for a couple of minutes a day and feel relief, escape.

I wanted fluff. Complete and utter fluff. Nothing that would make me think too hard but also, n
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Casey Macdonald
Jan 20, 2013 Casey Macdonald rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anna O’Neill Kirkpatrick is a teenaged girl about to enter college; She lost her mother in a robbery at their home when she was very young. She now is adopted by a family and lives in Baltimore and she is 18 years old. When school is just getting out she gets a letter from her uncle Will saying “Dear Anna, Would you visit us this summer? The sooner the better. Aunt Iris is doing poorly, and there are things I must tell you about your mother and out family. I want to do so while I am still clear ...more
Maria Gallo
Feb 16, 2011 Maria Gallo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love the romance in this book. I love how you don't know it Zack is using Anna or actually trying to help her up until the end. I thought it was interesting how instead of Anna's crazy aunt decided to help Anna instead of her daughter that ended up being even more crazy than her. This book had a lot of thought in the after world and in spirits people supposedly leave behind when they die. Aunt Iris had this ability to talk with dead people. But since it was a small town she lived in ...more
Ashley
Apr 17, 2011 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve read a majority of Elizabeth Chandler’s work, and I truly love her writing style and her characters. So I was very, very excited to read this installment in the Dark Secrets series. But to be honest, it wasn’t anything extraordinary. I feel as though it was a rehash of the previous Dark Secrets novels. I knew who the killer was long before it was revealed, and that ruined the ending of the story for me.

Elizabeth Chandler still has her distinct writing style, and her unique way of building
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Catherine
Dec 31, 2010 Catherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
If I could I would give this book another 1/2 star. I wasn't too sure if I was going to like this book until about chapter six, but I ended up really liking it.

Chandler weaves a story with interesting characters. Right up until the end, I did not know what all the secrets were. I can usually figure out what is going to happen at the end of the book, but Chandler doesn't give away her secrets until she is ready to.
Christine
Jul 09, 2012 Christine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I saw this book at our school book fair and it looked interesting. i bought it and fell in love with Elizabeth Chandlers work. after that i went to books a million and got her Kissed by an Angel trilogy (1-4). However after reading The Back Door of Mindnight i discovered it was the 3rd book in the series :(... hope you enjou her books too!!
Bonnie Ferrante
A mystery involving a crazy aunt and a murdered uncle with a closet full of family skeletons. Highly suspenseful with a likeable main character. However, the explanations of "out of body" experiences were out of place. I think it could have been an even better book with one more edit to tighten up the plot.
Kae Villar
Apr 28, 2013 Kae Villar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love reading Dark Secrets because it makes you really think and guess who the killer is. And it ends up as somebody totally unexpected that you wouldn't even guess. if you did, good for you. lol but that's what suspense is all about right?
Kathryn
Jun 08, 2015 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read every Dark Secrets book and loved them. This one was no exception. The plot, the characters, the details, everything was perfect. I was riveted from the very beginning. And I never guessed who the killer was until it was right in front of my face! Such a good book.
Josette Bonilla
Jan 16, 2012 Josette Bonilla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love her work.....Can't wait for the next Kissed By an Angel book.....
Sabine Francois
Jan 08, 2017 Sabine Francois rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this in a day, I couldn't put it down!
Channy
Jan 07, 2017 Channy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 rating
Shaelyn Pacheco
Dec 28, 2013 Shaelyn Pacheco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If The Backdoor of Midnight was to be given a genre by myself, It would be categorized into the mystery, yet suspenseful genre. The book begins with the perfect hook of a young adult, Anna O'Neill, who is apart of a well-known family of psychics who grew up on Scarborough Road, in a small town Wisteria. Anna had been dreaming that her Uncle Will had died in a fire set off by a group of teenagers in the back of his pickup truck. "I hear a confusion of voices, people talking and laughing. The oran ...more
Raniah
Oct 17, 2014 Raniah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
September 19, 14

The book I am reading is very intriguing. It talks about an eighteen-year-old girl that comes to visit her uncle William. They have a very strong bond because he took in her biological mother when her parents kicked her out. They even took care of her when her mother died in a robbery. Anna wants to visit her uncle but when she gets to Wisteria, her “psychic” crazy aunt tells her that her uncle died in a fire. Anna is shocked to hear that her uncle had died. She had been having s
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Eve Power
Sep 10, 2014 Eve Power rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished reading The Back Door of Midnight last night and I absolutely loved it. It took me 2 nights to read the entire book!! I think I have a slight addiction... SLIGHT. I picked up the book, planning on reading for 20 minutes- and hours later I was still captivated. I tried to put it down and sleep after awhile but I was restless because I wanted to know what would happen next soo bad! It was early morning before I actually went to sleep.

I have read other books by Elizabeth Chandler/ Mary C
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Tanja Voosen
Buchgestaltung

Passend zum Thema (und zur Reihe), gefällt mir, weil es Bezug zum Buch hat! :)

Meinung

Nach den letzten Büchern, die ich gelesen habe und die alle nicht wirklich gut waren, habe ich es umso mehr genossen seit langer Zeit mal wieder ein so tolles Buch zu lesen! Elizabeth Chandlers Schreibstil unterscheidet sich zwar nicht sonderlich von anderen YA Autoren, dafür vermag sie es aber spannend zu schreiben!

Direkt zu Beginn der Geschichte wird man erstmal geschockt: Annas Onkel ist Tod und
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Katie C
Nov 02, 2011 Katie C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After Anna receives a letter from her Uncle Will asking her to spend the summer with him, she plans to go to Wisteria and spend her last summer before college getting to know her only relative. When Anna arrives in Wisteria she is faced with the shocking reality that her Uncle Will has been murdered. Anna quickly realizes that the rumors that her aunt is mentally ill are true, but Anna feels like its her responsibility to stay with Iris and figure out the mystery.“People fear anyone who differs ...more
Elizabeth
Aug 09, 2013 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Elizabeth Chandler has done it again! The Back Door of Midnight fits in perfectly with the rest of her Dark Secrets novels. I was both surprised and thrilled to discover that she had published another Dark Secrets books and hope she continues writing them.

If you have not yet read any of the Dark Secrets books, they are fantastic and a must read. While they do all deal with paranormal experiences, mostly in the way of seeing visions, people and places from the past, they are written so naturally
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Katherine K.
Apr 08, 2013 Katherine K. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the novel, The Back Door of Midnight, by Elizabeth Chandler, the main character is a young girl named Anna O'Neill Kirkpatrick.The book begins with a peculiar and alarming dream that Anna is having and it pretty much sets the tone for the rest of the book...odd.When Anna wakes up she realizes shes at home with her adopted family, but is about to leave Baltimore to go spend the summer with her Uncle Will and Aunt Iris. She feels unsure about going, but feels obligated because her Uncle Will ha ...more
Tanner F
The Back Door of Midnight, by Elizabeth Chandler, is about a teenager, Anna O’Neill. When Anna was a little girl she lived with her aunt and uncle after her mother was killed in a house robbery. Soon after the robbery she was adopted and moved to live with her new mother and siblings. Anna had still visited her Uncle Will and Aunt Iris in Wisteria every now and then. Although she hadn’t seen them in a wile when she got a letter in the mail from her Uncle Will. “Dear Anna, Would you visit us this ...more
Briana
Excerpt from my review below. You can read my full, in-depth review here: http://thebookpixie.blogspot.com/2011...

"I read the first book in Chandler's Dark Secrets series, Legacy of Lies, in 2007 during the last half of my 8th grade year. I fell in love and went in search online for the titles of the others. My search quickly turned up the next three books in the series, which I read. There was also mention of a fifth book in the series, The Back Door of Midnight. I looked all over the place onl
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Malynda
I love Elizabeth Chandler. LOVE her. Her two Dark Secrets novels Don’t Tell and No Time to Die are two of my absolute favorite, and they are the books that really got me into reading many, many years ago. The mystery, the characters, the setting, and the romance are dead on in those books, and I have never had a complaint, so I was sure I would love The Back Door of Midnight. While I do like it, I don’t love it as I had hoped.

In typical Elizabeth Chandler Dark Secrets fashion, a teenage girl ret
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Rachael
Jan 11, 2011 Rachael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Anna O’Neill receives a letter from her Uncle Will, requesting that she visit, she doesn’t think much of it. She expects to spend the summer before college getting to know her only remaining family better, but instead, upon her arrival in Wisteria, she finds out that Uncle Will has been murdered. The police have no real leads, and her possibly psychic or just crazy Aunt Iris is no help at all. Anna can’t just let it be, especially when she finds out that her uncle’s murder may be connected ...more
Nicole
Jan 05, 2011 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I really like these Wysteria mysteries, but I realized that Chandler's writing it sort of... detached and doesn't really flow sometimes, especially with dialogue. But I love how you think you know who's guilty and you know the whole story, and it turns out you weren't even close. That's what makes these stories great and why I keep reading them. And the little bit of romance too. Although I didn't feel like I got to know Zach as much as I wanted to. I didn't really see why she liked him besid ...more
Victoria
Jul 27, 2011 Victoria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-ya
I love Chandler's books. Absolutely devoured each one. Though, I have to say this one fell a little flat for me in certain areas.

The plot held up to my expectations. Nothing was what it seemed. I was shocked and scared while reading this story and that is what makes Chandler a great young-adult mystery writer. You never know what is going to happen next or who is guilty. You can try to guess all you want, but you won't figure it out.

The characters were memorable with realistic dialogue and emo
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Khalia Hades
Jan 25, 2014 Khalia Hades rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Anna O'Neill receives a letter from her Uncle Will, requesting that she visit, she doesn't think much of it. She expects to spend the summer before college getting to know her only remaining family better, but instead, upon her arrival in Wisteria, she finds out that Uncle Will has been murdered. The police have no real leads, and her possibly psychic or just crazy Aunt Iris is no help at all. Anna can't just let it be, especially when she finds out that her uncle's murder may be connected ...more
Cassidy
Jan 05, 2011 Cassidy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay I can say that this is not my favorite story written by Elizabeth Chandler, even though I still loved it!! I dont kno how to completely explain how I felt about this book. But I dont feel that it was as original as her other books. I kept having moments where I thought of one of her other books, as if different moments were repeats from another book. I saw much of 'Kissed By an Angle' and 'Dont Tell' in this story. Not that I am complaining since I absolutely loved both of those books but I ...more
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Elizabeth Chandler is a pseudonym for Mary-Claire Helldorfer. She currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
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Other Books in the Series

Dark Secrets (5 books)
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“Fix yourself something to drink," she said. "I don't have any Mr. Pepper."
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"For the love of God!" She exploded. "People expect everything from a psychic! 'Doctor,' 'mister,' I was close enough. I didn't call it 'Mrs. Salt,' did I?”
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