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Silent Stalker

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  476 ratings  ·  29 reviews
"Beware of the one who hides, who watches in the dark!"

Before Jenny Logan even entered the forbidding castle - a replica of the Worthingtons' ancestral home in England - a terrified stranger warned her away. Was the warning real - or just another example of the family's macabre sense of humor? Jenny couldn't be sure. She only knew her summer vacation with her father sudden
Paperback, 214 pages
Published April 1st 1993 by Simon Pulse (first published 1993)
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Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Oh, the Internets. Sometimes it's hard for me to remember what life was like before you, when I was doomed to forget all but the slightest of fragments from books I once loved, never to read them again. But now, thanks to one of the massively awesome sides of the Internet--fantastic book lovers who will help you to remember the titles and authors of books about which you only remember a small number of details--I am able to be reunited with the books I ate up when I was but a preteen back in the ...more
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell
Hahaha omg it's set in a castle YAAAASS.

This must be the YA take on the 70s Gothic novel.
Trisha Gephart
Apr 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved this when I was a kid and had a pretty intense crush on the character Wit. I apparently was a very lonely nerd.
May 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-retro, read-2019
What strikes me about retro YA horror like these is the sense of abandonment it inspires. Jenny wakens from a rough sleep in an unfamiliar place, having seen (or dreamt?) ominous visions of a hangman with a noose at the foot of her bed. She remembered being dragged to a dungeon in pitch darkness where she was promised the most deathly scares by a menacing trio, and when she wakes up, what did she find? Her dad fleeing in the
middle of the night on an important assignment, leaving his daughter in
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anybody
Recommended to Patrick by: I found it somewhere.
Shelves: horror
Um. I give that one five stars. This is a book that is actually very dark really from the very beginning. They show up at this like old castle. Really right from the beginning you get a feeling from the author that they're just really not being completely honestly. Like they know more than they're letting on. You might add I'm referring to the people that live in this castle full time. Basically the main character and her father travel to this castle because her father has some business with the ...more
Jenny is spending some time with her dad who happens to be working which mean she’s stuck tagging along with him. This week it’s to an old castle with a renaissance fair but her dad hasn’t made arrangements on where to stay so he’s hoping they can stay at the castle. While driving up to the castle in the rain Jenny’s door is thrust open with a warning that she shouldn’t go any forward but she didn’t listen. Instead at her father’s insistence they continue driving up to the castle even planning o ...more
This was one of my favourite books growing up. I probably read it about a million times. It also was my favourite by Richie T Cusick. I probably loved it because it had a castle with tons of secret passages and rooms and had this real medieval feel right down to the dungeons and damp and drafty hallways.
I think I also had a huge crush on Derrick even though you don't really get to know him very much. I also loved Wit (and still do) - he plays his part well.

I don't think I ever noticed when I was
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was definitely NOT expecting there to be a jester in this book, but I just loved the surprise. His name is Wit, and is my favorite character; I fell in love with him.

Jenny Logan has been shanghai’d to assist her father, Ed, in writing a ‘feature on fairs and festivals in America’ and staying at the Worthington Mansion. Upon arriving, he begins to feel like the real story is the Mansion itself.

Jenny seems paranoid along with feeling incredibly forced into coming with her father. Since her paren
Lynn K.
This is my second book by this author and now I will definitely be reading anything I can get my hands on by her. This particular novel will benefit from a re-read. There is so much that is said in passing that seems inconsequential but really is a small piece of the overall puzzle. I loved the setting-a creepy castle with hidden passageways. There is also a renaissance faire taking place on the grounds, but most of the novel is set at night in the castle. I like how everyone is a little weird s ...more
This another book where the main character has an odd romantic relationships with boys that have to be in the 20s where she is still in High School. She also has Divoved parents, but this time the dad appears and he useless, so bad dads and mothers always on Business trips is very much a thing for Cusick. Weird Rich people are definitely a trope for her.

This is definitely one of the more unlikable protagonists that Cusick has written for Point Horrors. She such a damsel, the whole time. Sure, s
Robert Hudder
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was ok
This was nostalgic. Reading an almost gothic horror for teens. Something I used to do before I graduated to modern pulp horror and then all over the map. This particular one used multiple of the same type of events to build up suspense and horror.

The reveal itself was okay. All the facts were there early and so it was solveable. As an adult, I didn't find this as fun any more. I haven't read a lot of horror from that time period recently and I wonder if I just don't like it.

I will be rereading
Lisa Jeffers
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Not my usual genre but I was really not a fan of this😏
The MC was terrified of everything one minute and then stalking the place looking for killers the next? 🤔 I didn’t connect with her at all and found the storyline to be unnecessarily confusing.
I guessed the twist and the ending wasn’t a shock..
I did listen to this on audio so gave an extra star to compensate for the fact I disliked the narrator which didn’t help my experience.
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen
still one of my favorite novels from my pre-teen days.
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Great setting who doesn't love a spooky castle with hidden passages. Nicely scarey and good characters. ...more
Melissa Em Gee
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’ve remembered this book for 25 years... The name Wit, in particular. I’ve seen so much with a similar plot since first reading this story, but for me, this was the first! Love it.
Jun 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-retro, re-reads
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Keri (TheAudioAuditor)
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Audio book review.

My favorite book when I was in middle school! Decided to experience it again in audio version, and wow the years have not been kind.

What I like: These characters and this setting. While not perfect, I like Jenny as a main character. Her emotions swing wildly from fear to disgust to romance, and some of the things she does just make no sense. But she brings a set of fresh eyes to the scene for readers. And the brothers, I mean, some of the best characters of all! Twins and a you
Strawberri Mystery
Feb 25, 2016 rated it did not like it
Could this book be anymore boring? I usually like Richie Cusick books, but this one was a big disappointment. In the begging I was hooked from the part when Jenny and her dad arrive at Worthington Hall and a frighten girl burst opened their car door and warns Jenny to leave. She tells Jenny to turn back or she might get killed if she stays. After that the book went straight down hill and made no sense. It was like a guessing game: Who is stalking Jenny? Is is Wit? Or is it the twins Malcom and D ...more
May 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read this as a tween and fell in love with the characters. It is actually a book I have re-read many times since and it is one of my secret pleasures as an adult that I often read this once a year for nostalgia. Great story! It still has a nice visible place on my shelf. It is light horror/thriller. I am not someone who generally enjoys that genre, but this also has plenty of possible romance and festival atmosphere to keep me glued to the pages. And who doesn't love a story with creaky castle ...more
Dottie Scalzi-Sauers
wishing it was a five star rating.

I'm a huge fan of Richie Tankersley Cusick. I have read quit a few of her books with no disappointment. Unfortunately, I honestly have to say this is the first. Not that the story wasn't worth reading, I just had a very hard time getting into it, getting through it and finishing it. I still think it worthy of at least three stars, only because it's RTC. I'm still and always will be a big fan!!!
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I ABSOLUTELY love Cusick she has always been my favorite author to date. Since most of her books are young adult I pick them up when I am in the mood for a quick read or re-read, however this was my first time reading this one of hers and I loved it! I love how in all of her books you are kind of left in the dark and just tuning pages as quick as you can to find out who the killer is!
Katrina Sutton
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Why I love this book...there is an ancient castle, a renaissance fair happening nearby, a set of attractive twins, and of course, romance and a mystery. The question is who is who and how is Jenny going to figure it out on time? All I have to say, what is not to love?
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love Cusick's books, but this one was my least favorite. I just think that not everything was explained, and you're completely in the dark as to what's going on the whole time. ...more
Marion the Librarian
Sep 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I would have liked to see something definite upon Jenny's feelings on one of the guys at the end. ...more
Apr 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned-books
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Richie Tankersley Cusick is the bestselling young adult author of over 25 titles, including two adult horror titles, "Scarecrow" and "Blood Roots". Her popularity grew at the height of the horror/YA boom in the late 80's/early 90's, particularly with books like "Lifeguard" , "Trick or Treat" and "Teacher's Pet", just to name a few, allowing her to keep company on the bestseller paperback lists wit ...more

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