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Down a Dark Hall

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  5,336 Ratings  ·  537 Reviews
Why does the exclusive boarding school Blackwood have only four students? Kit walks the dark halls and feels a penetrating chill. What terror waits around the next corner?
Paperback, 181 pages
Published September 1983 by Dell (first published September 1st 1974)
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Joe Valdez
The first Young Adult novel I've read as an adult is Down a Dark Hall, the supernatural mystery by Lois Duncan first published in 1974. This revised edition released in 2011 modernized the novel by introducing cell phones, texting and the Internet; "Why don't those girls call 911?" or better yet, "Isn't there an app for that?" being considerations for the suspense author of today. Antiquated usages like "Mother" were also updated, but what I was thrilled to find preserved was a sense of Gothic d ...more
Shirley Marr
Dec 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes stories where girls go mad
Recommended to Shirley by: Wendy Darling
Shelves: usa-ya
Before I begin: it's retro lulz time! A description of the leading male hottie, the music teacher who is "slim and fine-boned, with glossy black hair which framed a face so perfect in feature that it might have belonged to a television star" ...

"Jules Duret was waiting for her in the music room. He was wearing a pale blue shirt, open at the throat, and a pair of white flared pants"

Did anyone say Saturday Night Fever? You can tell this novel was written in the 70s can't you? I wonder if they will
Sandra Uv

Aunque la lectura haya sido me ha dicho nada. No he sentido miedo ni tensión. Al menos se lee rápido. Demasiado juvenil para mi gusto y una historia muy mal aprovechada.

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Moonlight Reader
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this one for the Chilling Children square! It would also work for Ghost, Haunted Houses, Genre: Horror, Supernatural, Gothic, Terror in a Small Town and Classic Horror.

I am giving this book 3 1/2 stars (rounded up to 4 for GR) based upon my enjoyment of the book this time around. If I had been rating this book circa 1976, two years after it was published and I was 10, I would've given it one million stars, once I emerged from my hiding place under my comforter. Because this book scared th

Lovely 'vintage' gothic written for young adults but can be enjoyed by all. This story immediately brought "Haunting of Hill House" to mind and it continued to be reminiscent of it throughout in my opinion. That's a good thing because I liked it a lot, as well.

It has the trademark Lois Duncan creepy ambience and great descriptions of the house, environment and characters. Loved Kit and her fellow schoolmates. They were painted so vividly and the paranormal experiences made me feel like I was th
Lesincele Viaja gracias a los libros
No me ha gustado tanto como esperaba, pero las expectativas han tenido mucho que ver...y me edperaba una historia más adulta de terror y más bien era una novela juvenil-infantil que tira más al misterio que a otra cosa. Por oo tanto, los personajes, sus relaciones, diálogos etc se quedan muy simples. Entretenida.
Jan 13, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: For a GOOD LAUGH
This is one of the first full length novels I read. I remember it serving as one of the seminal moments in my literary formation. I remember it being suspenful and full of immagery.

This book was republished in 1990, but was originally published in the late 70's. I read it in 5th or 6th grade.

While studying children's literature as part of my Masters program, we had to choose a book that we had read in elementary school. The assignment instrcted us to look at our influential book with adult eyes
Aug 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Kit Gordy was accepted into Blackwood boarding school and she was really looking forward to it when she thought her best friend Tracy would be accepted as well. But Tracy wasn't accepted and as much as Kit tried to get out of going, she couldn't.
Kit's mom and stepfather are going away on their honeymoon, but before they leave, they take Kit to Blackwood themselves. Kit isn't thrilled about going and when they actually arrive, Kit does not want to be there. She thinks the place feels strange. The
Apr 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
YA gothic/supernatural novel set in a creepy, secluded boarding school. A real page-turner that's lots of fun to read.
Kay Jay
Ох, как мне нравится тема заброшенных лечебниц/психбольниц, домов, школ и тд.
Вроде бы ничего нового - заброшенный дом, который превращается в школу, со своими тайнами... Но на самом деле книга очень оригинальна. Не похоже на то, что я раньше читала.
В школу приехали обучаться четыре девушки, помимо них в школе работают 5 человек.
У героинь начинает получаться то, что им раньше вообще не давалось. Линда, в жизни не бравшая кисти в руку, рисует шедевры. Сэнди внезапно пишет шикарные стихи. А главн
Dec 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a teenage favorite of mine, and I was reminded of it a few days ago by another book. So, when it came up as a suggested book on the library's website, I considered it fate and grabbed it to reread. I remember I used to think of Kit's dad, and hoped that mine was watching over me just like hers watched over her.

I really wish Ms. Duncan hadn't updated these books! In doing so, I really think she added some plot inconsistencies that weren't there in the original edition.

If I were a teen, u
Jul 04, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it
I love this book, especially since it connects to music.
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
¡Qué lástima que esté todo tan mal aprovechado! La idea (a mi parecer) es buena. Y es más. Estoy casi segura de que si esa idea se hubiera desarrollado en condiciones para llevarla por buen camino, habría terminado leyendo una buena (o al menos decente) historia de terror. Porque de este modo... Lo que viene siendo terror... Poco. ¡Qué digo poco! No hay terror por ninguna parte. Ni siquiera alguna pequeña escena que de un pelín de mal rollo. Cierto es que hay algún momento de tensión light, pero ...more
Ruth Berent
Un juvenil rápido de leer y diferente. La trama es buena, el desarrollo un poco simple pero es una historia interesante y entretenida. Los personajes son poco profundos pero están bien trazados.

Lo que no me ha gustado es que el libro es de 1974 y la traducción nombra ordenadores, internet, móviles... y es innecesario por dos motivos:

- No aportan nada a la trama. Se ve claramente que el espacio-tiempo del libro es irrelevante. Supongo que es para "actualizarla" pero no era necesario.

- Estoy segu
Beatriz Esteban
Jun 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Gracias a Dios no me ha dado tanto miedo como pensaba. Está escrito de manera ágil y cercana, perfecto para alguien que quiere ir acercándose al género de terror. Además la idea que presenta es muy interesante, y me encanta lo coherente que es la explicación sobre todo lo que está pasando en Blackwood, todo lo que oculta el internado y sus profesores. Eso sí, me da la sensación de que termina de forma muy abrupta y me hubiera gustado saber un poco más...
Oct 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dear Miss Kalwanaski,
This week I'm writing about the chilling characteristics in "Down A Dark Hall", written by Lois Duncan. I'm writing about this book again because I've not had enough time to start another one. Last week I told you what I enjoyed about the book. This week I will be telling you why I enjoy these chilling characteristics.

I enjoy these chilling characteristics for multiple reasons. I find chilling characteristics to be the heart and soul of a book. Chilling parts of a book is
Jia Hui
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Aug 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This has always been my favorite Duncan, and the only one I've reread several times since I was a teenager. When Kit Gordy enters a private school, she's shocked to discover that there are only three other students, and she's disturbed by the school itself, whose atmosphere she immediately feels is evil. Eventually, Kit makes a chilling discovery about why she and the other three girls were the only ones selected; I don't want to reveal this, as it would be a massive spoiler, but this aspect of ...more
May 11, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I used to sneak Lois Duncan books home from the library when I was in middle school. I'd check them out, of course (I'm not a monster), but would sneak them into the house as I was pretty sure my parents would not have approved. I hold nostalgia responsible for me choosing to read this book. I actually didn't read this one as a kid but can imagine it would have been slightly more thrilling if I was still a thirteen-year-old smuggling scary books into the house buried deep in my backpack. This st ...more
Oct 06, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Je suis très confuse par cette fin que nous offre l'auteur. c'est beaucoup trop soudain. un chapitre ou deux de plus auraient été les biens venu!
L'histoire était pas mal, parfois un peu rapide. Les personnages étaient assez attachant. C'était bien trouvé!
3 or 4 stars....a very interesting concept, and hard to put down! I felt there were a few unanswered questions at the end, but mostly I found it intriguing.
Feb 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, young-adult
I read a ton of Lois Duncan in junior high but this is one I missed. I originally assumed it was one that was published after I moved out of my Duncan phase but the original publication date is 1974 so there goes that theory. Somehow this one never made it on to my radar. I needed a YA Thriller for a reading challenge and did some searching here on Goodreads and came up with this one and Gallows Hill also by Duncan.

Back in middle school I was obsessed with Stranger With My Face and Summer of F
Lisa Leon
Effectively chilling little shocker for Young Adults by Lois Duncan. The sense of isolation, entrapment, and betrayal experienced by the young protagonists (at the hands of the adults around them) is palpable and disturbing. But the pacing is waaaay off. I don't mind the gradual build up. But just when we and the protagonists realize what their situation really is....just when the conflict becomes really interesting and is all of a sudden resolved. And then to make matters even w ...more
Ignacio Senao f
Previsible, infantil y algo de ambientación.

Va pegando bocados mientras la lees de la cantidad de clichés y pistas claras que hacen prevenir el desenlace.

La joven obligada a estar una temporada en un orfanato, en el que son 4 niñas y todos los profesores esconden algo mientras suceden cosas. La directora es la mala muy mala, que se nota a leguas que esconde cosas, y su hijo el tonto el bote que no se entera ni de la mitad de la película.
Ruth Santiago
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was anticipating this to be meh. But it was gripping to the last page. And to think it came out before I was born... I have heard of the author but have never read any of her books until this one and I can actually say I resent not reading any of her books before...
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic book

Good to read a good suspenseful ghost story. Reminds me of what a good book should be. Scary and good!
Tracy Lisiecki
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My kind of book!!!!!!!!!!!
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spooky story!
Sam Brown
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Down a Dark Hall by Lois Duncan is about a teenage girl named Katherine, also known as Kit. Kit’s parents are going off to their honeymoon and leaving her at an all-girls school named Blackwood, ran by a lady named Madame Duret. Blackwood is a school for special girls with an ability to summon the dead through their dreams. The dead are past poets, authors, artists, and pianists working through the girls to finish the works that they could not complete in their past life. Strangely, only four g ...more
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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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