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When Michael Calls

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  148 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
"Auntie Helen" the little boy sobbed, "I'm home, and nobody's here!"

The phone trembled in Helen Connolly's hand. She could not believe her ears. This was her nephew, Michael Young on the phone, Michael, who had been dead for sixteen years.

Who was this mysterious caller? Could it really be Michael? And if so, what did he want?
Paperback, 249 pages
Published July 15th 1975 by Pocket (first published 1967)
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✰☽♥✰  Unsolved Mystery ✰♥☾✰

- My Description -
Don't answer the phone because Micheal knows your number.

Helen Connolly's young nephew died in a tragic weather-related accident 16 years ago.
She begins to receive harassing phone calls from him.
Is it the ghost of young Micheal or was he ever really dead?

- My Review -
This was a pretty cool mystery.

It had downright terrifying parts, one in particular, for me.
This book reminded me a lot of The Black-Eyed kids you always read about in ghost stories.

The book is set in the Fa
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Addy
Apr 03, 2013 rated it liked it
This was my first Farris book and a quick read at that. It was very creepy with the phone calls from a dead boy. The killings were very mysterious and i felt like this started out as horror, but then turned out into a whodunit mystery. Once it was revealed as to who the killer was, i lost a little interest. Overall it was very entertaining and well written. I have about 5 other books from this author including All heads turn as the hunt goes by. May leave that one for last. Great first read thou ...more
Lee
Dec 16, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
When a little boy calls & says he's her nephew, somethings not right. Michael has been dead for 16 years.
Rebecca McNutt
When Michael Calls is a terrific and frightening mystery novel, telling the story of a woman who finds that she can't trust anyone in town because someone out there is making supposed prank calls claiming to be her deceased nephew. But is it someone who is closer to home than she realizes? Eerie, gripping and thrilling, this book is great and I really enjoyed it.
Matthew Bielawa
Feb 13, 2015 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the story quite a bit. Nothing like mysterious phone calls from someone who is "supposed" to be dead! Fast paced, lots of action and some pretty good scary scenes. Now, it didn't keep me up at night or rechecking the back door locks, but it did entertain me. Hey, after all, that's why I enjoy horror. (Sure, I'd prefer to freak out at night, fixated at the slightly open closet door in the dark after reading a *great* horror story. But this book, with its decent story and flowing action ...more
Carol
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
I had plenty of library books but for some reason I picked up an old book of mine that had been sitting around forever. It turned out to be very good, not too scary but very much of a page-turner. Recommended for readers who don't want to be scared too much, also harkens back to the days before smart phones and other technology changed our world.
Kris Johnson
Jan 19, 2015 rated it liked it
this is a book i remember reading as a teen. I wanted to know if i would still enjoy it. its a good teen story -- it reminded me how our world has changed. the book discussed winding watches and buying a soda for 20 cents! and with cell phones the story could never happen! ha ha
John M.
Jun 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Read this thriller back when I was in Junior High - it still holds up pretty well. Has some genuine creepiness but the culprit is pretty obvious from the get-go.
Fishface
Good ghost story. You really can't go far wrong with Michael Farris.
Erin
Aug 26, 2013 rated it liked it
a little predictable, but a quick easy read... entertaining....
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American writer and screenwriter of both adaptations of his own books (e.g. 'The Fury'), of the works of others (such as Alfred Bester's 'The Demolished Man') and original scripts. In 1973 he wrote and directed the film 'Dear Dead Delilah'. He has had several plays produced off-Broadway, and also paints and writes poetry. At various times he has made his home in New York, Southern California and P ...more
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