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Down a Dark Hall

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  5,805 ratings  ·  626 reviews
The terror is real only in her dreams.

Kit knows that evil waits for her in the dark halls of Blackwood School for Girls. But she doesn't know it has already entered her life. Who will believe her if her fears are real only when she sleeps?
Paperback, 181 pages
Published October 1990 by Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers (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
Actual Rating: 1.5 stars
I didn't like this book.

I am actually surprised I managed to finish it. Half the time I found it boring, the other half it was just not credible. The behaviors and dialogues between the characters made little sense, they were unconvincing to me. (view spoiler). The tolerance that the girls, specially Kit, have for the sta
Aug 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5/5 creepy branches - I would describe this as a "cozy horror novel" in that it felt like a creepier version of Nancy Drew. My biggest complaint is that I wish it didn't move so quickly. Video review of the book and movie will be up tomorrow!
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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Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Hay un dato muy importante que me gustaría compartir con vosotros. Esta historia fue escrita por primera vez en 1974, es decir, hace 44 años. Como os podéis imaginar, en 44 años han cambiado muchas cosas: teléfonos móviles, internet... Debido a ello, en el año 2011 la novela fue revisada y modernizada introduciendo mensajes de texto o el uso de teléfonos móviles. Por este motivo, en algún momentos de la historia se menciona el uso de nueva
This was one of my "Halloween" reads for this year. It's a YA novel that was originally published in 1974 and written by the accomplished author, Lois Duncan. I know had I read this as a teen in the early to mid 1980's I would have enjoyed it very much. In 2011 the author updated the book by modernizing some phrases and including such things as cell phones, and texting. While the writing style felt a little dated compared to today's standards, I must admit that I enjoyed it immensely. The change ...more
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.
Blackwood es principalmente, una novela de misterio con cierto tinte de terror y suspense. Siguiendo un cliché tras otro del género, acompañamos a la adolescente Kit en su llegada por primera vez al internado Blackwood. La antigua mansión, perdida en medio de la nada sin internet ni cobertura, despierta una sensación de inquietud constante desde su primer vistazo. La sensación se incrementa cuando Kit descubre que solo serán cuatro alumnas en el curso escolar y tres profesores. Pronto comenzarán ...more
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Coral González
Este libro ha sido llevada recientemente a la gran pantalla por Rodrigo Cortés y puedo decir después de haber leído el libro que yo no la voy a ver, no porque no me haya gustado la historia sino porque no me gusta pasar miedo viendo una película. El libro nos cuenta la historia de Kit, una chica que es obligada por su madre y su padrastro a estudiar en el internado Blackwood ya que ellos van a disfrutar de su luna de miel en Europa. Kit no quiere ir nunca a Blackwood y después de ver por primer ...more
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.
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.

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
Steve Wiggins
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the perks of being married is discovering the secrets of your spouse. Mine happens to be a well-adjusted, normal person who grew up in a family with no obvious issues. She eventually introduced me to Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, which I was surprised to discover, could be classified as "horror." It's actually more of a gothic romance, but as with Dark Shadows, we see that these genres bleed into one another. So as we were moving house and I was unpacking boxes of books, I found Down a Dar ...more
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Escojì este libro por que pintaba una trama atractiva. Y aunque al principio me tenía intrigada mis ganas de iban desvaneciendo a medida que avanzaba las páginas.
Me ha resultado una lectura de la cual esperaba otra cosa. Ya que su resolución final no fue de mi agrado
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
Greenwood world
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
¡Atención, porque no es la típica historia de miedo! ¡Es muy original!
La historia trata sobre una chica que pasa unos meses en un internado ya que sus padres se van de luna de miel. Como estaréis pensando, el internado tiene algo maligno pero... ¡Lo tendréis que comprobar vosotros mismos!
Es un libro de 235 páginas rápido y fácil de leer, con una narrativa muy fluida y que te atrapa desde el primer momento.
Para mí, los puntos positivos han sido que no es la típica historia terrorífica, todo tien
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.
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.
Rebecca Mazzarella
link alla recensione completa qui:

Mentre lo leggevo avevo la netta sensazione di deja-vu, mi ha ricordato moltissimo Hill House di Shirley Jackson e gli elementi ci sono tutti: casa stregata lontano dal mondo e dalla civiltà, la natura minacciosa e inquietante, i personaggi col loro bagaglio emotivo e altri invece che nascondono qualcosa.
Ovviamente qui è diverso, parliamo di un collegio femminile in cui le "fortunate" sono solo 4: Kit, Sandy, Ruth e Lyndh
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
Sarah Hadd
Oct 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Okay book, for one that is probably more of a middle grade story. The beginning had some creepy moments and it was an original idea. I could see it being madd into a so-so creepy made for TV movie, that’s the best way I could describe it.
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kniha ma veľmi zaujala, má pútavý námet a garantujem, že vám z nej nabehnú zimomriavky po celom tele. Určite vás neomrzí, ani keď ju budete čítať druhý raz!
Lauri Saplad
As you may gather from the title, this is a dark little book. Could you imagine being sent to boarding school as your mom leaves for her European honeymoon with her new husband? Kit is feeling more than a little abandoned when they drop her off and leave her. The school is big, elegant, foreboding, empty, and she can't help herself -- she keeps thinking the word 'evil.' It doesn't help that the other students won't arrive for another day.

You may think this will be a typical ghost story, but it'
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...
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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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