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When the Wind Blows

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  3,892 Ratings  ·  61 Reviews
The children were waiting. Waiting for centuries.  Waiting for someone to hear their cries. Now  nine-year-old Christine Lyons has come to live in the  house on the hill -- the house where no children  have lived for fifty years. Now little Christie will  sleep in the old-fashioned nursery on the third  floor. Now Christie's terror will begin.

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ebook, 352 pages
Published November 3rd 2010 by Dell (first published August 1st 1981)
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This is basically Mommie Dearest if there was also a Grannie Dearest thrown in the mix.
I don't know what weird fetish this author has by killing off children in the most gruesome ways, it's like kiddy torture porn. In all the books I've read from him at least a child dies, so much it's become ridiculously morbid and predictable at this point.
Nov 11, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, horror
"When the Wind Blows" is another selection from a giant bag of books a coworker gave me.

I should start my own imprint of mystery/thrillers: "Giant Bag of Coworker's Books, an imprint of HarperCollins."

In Amberton, Colorado, "When the Wind Blows" is a time when bad things happen. The Amber family founded the town (ergo, Amberton), based on a huge coal mine. The local Native Americans and Mexicans know there's something cursed about the mine: when the Wind blows, you can hear the cries of the wat
After reading John Saul's, When the Wind Blows, I can't say that I'm a fan of his but I'm not putting him down for the count. When it comes to being a reader, I can't say that I'm specific to any genre. If I had to pick one it would be children's or YA, not mystery, suspense, horror or thriller, all of which this novel could be classified under. Since none of the above is my forte, so to speak, I feel as if I must tread lightly when judging a book by an author who is much loved by many. Almost, ...more
Jan 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was good, not great. The way children are treated in some of John Saul's stories might lead some to believe the writer really detests kids. I am sure that is not the case. Maybe he feels it makes for better storytelling. If I were him I would be a little more creative with my plots instead of rewriting the same stories with different characters.
Old timey horror. These are the books I would steal from my brother when I was a teenager. A simple story with simple wording. Good for a laugh, atrocious with spelling and grammatical errors (I would have expected more from a well known horror author) and lots of conversations vs paragraphs. A decent quickie horror read.
Jan 12, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
Amberton, een klein stadje, gelegen aan de onderkant van een mijn, is 50 jaar rustig geweest. Maar de opening van de mijn brengt daar verandering in. Als de opzichter Dhr. Lyons bij een ongeluk om het leven komt, gaat zijn dochter, Christie, tijdelijk bij Diana Amber en haar moeder Edna wonen. Maar dan gebeuren er rare dingen en stort Christie's wereld geleidelijk in. Edna is namelijk alleen maar boos en Diana is niet te pijlen. Het belangrijkste is dat als de wind waait Christie lief moet zijn. ...more
Chris Cangiano
Mar 24, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
A quick and somewhat formulaic read but still fun in that Lifetime movie, early 1980's horror kind of way. The town of Amberville is haunted by the shadow of a fifty-year old mining disaster which affected every family living there. Now Christie Lyons' father has come to town to try to reopen the mine. Soon enough she's orphaned and living with the Edna and Dianna Amber, the town's nasty matriarch and her doormat of a daughter. Dark secrets abound. Who is killing young Christie's friends? Does i ...more
Sep 09, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Haven't read early John Saul since I was a teenager. Can't remember hardly a thing other than they scared me at the time and contributed to my love of horror. I can't imagine any of his books would have the same effect on me now. John Saul just isn't that good of a writer, even all these years later, I don't think he's gotten any better.
Nov 18, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd probably give this more like a 3.5 star rating. This is definitely a strange one, but I guess that's what you get from John Saul. If you're looking for something that makes you go "what the?" then this is a story for you.
Jun 27, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spooks
Though predictable, I did get gripped in the whole family legacy dynamic offered in this book. At times, there was a bit of a "Carrie" theme in the storyline. I am not sure if it worthy to be shelved on my "spooks" shelf though and may have to "sub-shelf" it on "crazy."
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
Well, John Saul has certainly created some crazy characters in this one. a disturbing tale of mother/child relationships gone horribly wrong.
Oct 09, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book many years ago (early 80's). According to the records I've always kept of the books I've read, I thought this book was good. In my early teen years I read mostly all horror books.
Oct 13, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like John Saul, but I don't like that he often kills off all the best characters.
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review
In 'When The Wind Blows', nine-year-old Christie's life turns into a nightmare when her father dies and she has to live with her new guardian, Diana. Although Diana appears sweet and normal on the surface, it's evident that she has many secrets. Meanwhile, her mother Edna doesn't want Christie to be part of their lives. As a result, Christie finds herself growing increasingly lonely and scared especially because when the wind blows, Diana changes for the worse..

Initially, this story was pretty e
Tyler Richard
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May 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm finding a recurring theme in this Saul book and the last one I read about letting the past stay the past. In each one a closed down business is being looked into reopening it (both industrial) and each had a horrid history. Some people say its better to leave it to the past while others are looking forward to the business reopening to help out a struggling town.

As in other Saul books this also introduces superstitions of the local natives that have graced the area for longer than any other
Oct 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
There is just something fun about John Saul novels. They are always far fetched and have supernatural elements, there is a flavor of predictability, but they are well written enough to keep me entertained.

I remember this book from ages ago, when I used to read lots of Saul. I found it somewhere and reread it. It's honestly better than I remember it being. The supernatural element is barely there, in fact, I almost wish the epilogue wasn't included. Without that, this book is really the story of
Sep 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un libro en su mayoría muy entretenido y disfrutable, sin embargo algunas veces muy pesado, nos relata la vida de los Amber y su mina de carbón, empezando en 1910 el relato nos cuentan cómo es que mientras estaban haciendo excavaciones en la cueva poco a poco empieza a inundarse hasta terminar atrapando y matando a muchos de los trabajadores de la mina así como al mismo dueño el señor Amber, al mismo tiempo en la casa de los Amber nace Diana, todos estos sucesos pasan cuando el viento sopla y un ...more
Rebecca McNutt
Not the most original, and it drags on in many chapters. Nonetheless, this was an entertaining and creepy little thriller and I highly recommend it if you're a fan of horror stories or authors like V C Andrews or Stephen King.
I loved this book!
Usually it takes me about 3 days to read a book but with this one it took me a week and a half to read it because I read it slowly and I didn't want it to end.
I've never heard of this Author until I came to this site, now I want to read all of his books.
My favorite character was Christie, she went through so much pain and didn't even deserve it.
Id recommend this book to anyone who likes Horror and Mysteries.
I read this because it was recommended for Stephen King fans and I was sooo let down by this! The writing was poor, the plot was slow and boring, the characters were obnoxious and unappealing and I was so bored that I dumped it after a handful of chapters. I didn't feel there was any suspense or tension and I was left wondering 'when is something interesting going to happen?'. Not one I'd recommend.
Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is the first John Saul book I read and I read it at a very young age and fell in love with John Saul and this genre. I have read this book several times and would pick it up again to read it. Although John Saul is one of my favorite authors, his books are very similar but this one is definitely one of my favorite.
Karen Kalbacher
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Crazy Edna Ambers doesn't want her daughter Diana to keep orphan Christie. And maybe she's right because when the wind blows bad things happen. If you like reading about dead baby ghosts, this is entertaining and eerie. But don't get too attached to the characters...John Saul likes murdering characters and no one is safe when the wind blows
Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Creepy...This was a thrift store find, but I'm glad I did find it! I read it years ago when I was a teen, so it would probably have a different effect on me now that I'm a parent. I remember it being a good, creepy book.
Aug 28, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
What is going on in Amberton when the wind blows? Myth, evil & mental illness collide. A little slow-paced and not enough tension built, but it kept me interested. Just when you thought it was over, the author throws in an Uh-Oh moment.
May 15, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Far from the best book I've ever read. The plot was fairly basic, and the outcome far too predictable. It passed a little time, but I won't read it again, and I don't recommend it if you are looking for something scary or intense.
Jan 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this book ! I first read this book when I was 10 years old. Ever since then I have been an avid John Saul fan , reading every book I have been able to find. I still think that this is one of his better ones !
Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the things about john Saul's books is he seems to have children as the main characters.I personally enjoyed the character Miss Edna in this story, although the whole book was good. The wind was the culprit in this story, when it blew people changed.
Apr 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
all done
Apr 06, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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John Saul was born in Pasadena, California on February 25, 1942, and grew up in Whittier where he graduated from Whittier High School in 1959. He attended several colleges—Antioch, in Ohio, Cerritos, in Norwalk, California, Montana State University and San Francisco State College, variously majoring in anthropology, liberal arts, and theater, but never obtaining a degree.
After leaving college, he
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