Summer of Fear

Summer of Fear Why Is Rachel The Only One To Sense The Evil That Surrounds Julia From The Moment Rachel S Cousin Julia Arrives That Summer, She Seems To Seep Into Rachel S Life Like A Poison Everyone Else Is Enchanted By Her Including Rachel S Boyfriend But What Does Julia Really Want

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

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  • Hardcover
  • 208 pages
  • Summer of Fear
  • Lois Duncan
  • English
  • 23 July 2019
  • 9780881035155

10 thoughts on “Summer of Fear

  1. says:

    Summer of fear by Lois Duncan is a 1977 publication This story is geared towards a young adult audience, but it still has some excellent chills and thrills even now, reading it as an adult For fans of trivia or pop culture, there was a made for television movie based on this book starring Linda Blair, which aired in 1978 However, I think the original title of the movie was A Stranger in the House It now shares the same title as the book and can be found easily on YouTube Check it out, if for no other reason than to see a very young Fran Drescher When Rachel s aunt and uncle were killed in a fiery car crash, their orphaned daughter, Julia, comes to live with them Soon, this shy, plain girl seems to have charmed every male in her general vicinity, included Rachel s brother, her boyfriend, and even her father Rachel begins to suspect Julia may be involved in the occult, but when she tries to convince her family, her warnings fall on deaf ears Meanwhile, one by one, anyone who threatens Julia will suffer the consequences A review for this book popped up on my Goodreads feed the other day and reminded me that I have a copy of this book stuffed somewhere on my own personal version of the stacks Finding it felt like a chore I wasn t sure I was ready to tackle, but I found it without having to dismantle my bookshelves entirely It was fun to read this book again, even though the suspense doesn t pack the same punch it did back in the seventies However, it is still effective, especially for fans of psychological thrillers However, I understand this book was reissued at some point with updates and revisions adding current technology into the story I have not read the newer version, but based on the review I read recently, I would suggest hopping on over to eBay and finding a used copy of the older version and skip the updated version This is a short, nostalgic read, perfect for fans of YA with paranormal and psychological elements 3.5 stars

  2. says:

    My Lois Duncan jag concludes with Summer of Fear, a supernatural thriller first published in 1976 and revised by the author in 2011 to account for changes in communication that would deflate much of her plot if the story took place in the present I m not wild about the trend to update Young Adult thrillers published in the 1970s or 80s for readers of today Duncan s books are scarier when her teenage heroines can t rely on smartphones, the Internet or helicopter parents to help them overcome evil In the 70s, you were on your own think of Jamie Lee Curtis babysitter character in Halloween That said, Duncan knows how to craft a taut tale of primal fear and unsettle the reader regardless of the era.The story is the account of Rachel Bryant, a nineteen year old troubled by a newspaper article of a family who disappeared on a hiking trip Rachel has questions about who could ve photographed the family before their hike and whether this person of interest could be someone she knows Moving back in time to the summer of Rachel s sweet sixteen birthday, the Bryants are a family of five living in suburban Albuquerque Rachel s father Tom is a government engineer and her mother Leslie is a freelance photographer Her older brother Peter is eighteen and plays bass in a rock band Her younger brother Bobby is eleven and a pest Rachel s dog Trickle rounds out the loving household.Set for a summer of repose, Rachel awakens to the news that her mother s sister Marge has been killed in a car accident near her Ozark Mountains home in Lost Ridge, Missouri with her husband and housekeeper Rachel s Uncle Ryan was a novelist whose work kept Marge isolated and Rachel never met her surviving seventeen year old cousin, whose name is Julia Grant While her parents are dispatched to the Ozarks to bring Julia home to live with them, Rachel discusses her apprehensions with Mike Gallagher, a childhood friend and lifeguard who has become something than a friend Rachel remains uncertain about sharing her room with a complete stranger Julia It was a pretty name I tried to remember the things I d heard about Julia over the years I knew, of course, that she went to a boarding school in New England because there were no good public schools in the area of her mountain home I had a feeling she was supposed to have a talent of some kind What was it she did sing Paint Write poetry To tell the truth, I had never been interested enough to make note of it, or of anything else from the dull family chitchat in Aunt Marge s annual Christmas letters But now I did want to know I wanted to prepare myself.Meeting her cousin for the first time, Rachel detects a dialect that awkwardly transitions from hillbilly to proper English and clothes that don t quite seem right for her Julia peppers Rachel with questions about the family while shying away from answering many about herself Meeting Trickle, Julia reacts with hostility to dogs and the feeling seems to be mutual The next day, Rachel introduces her cousin to her friend Carolyn and the girls go shopping Rachel is struck by how instantly taken Carolyn is with Julia This phenomenon extends to her parents and even to her shy older brother Peter, who is positively googly eyed over his first cousin Impervious to Julia s charms is their neighbor Professor Jarvis, a retired professor of sociology at the University of New Mexico Strange things are afoot in the Bryant household When Trickle sinks his teeth into Julia s ankle, Rachel s father demands the family dog be leashed and kept outside the poor mutt s health deteriorates quickly which Rachel s parents blame on an illness of some sort Rachel comes across an article in her father s National Geographic about witchcraft, but dismisses it In lieu of a summer dance, Rachel makes herself a dress, puzzling at why she chose pink, a color she dislikes and would look much better on a girl like Julia Rachel wakes the morning of the dance stricken with hives and asks Mike to take Julia, letting her cousin borrow her new pink dress.Home alone, Rachel finds discarded matches in her bedroom and suspecting that her cousin might have a stash of cigarettes or marijuana nearby, rifles through the room She discovers a waxlike sculpture shaped like a dog she can t make anything out of Peter returns from the dance despondent and reports to his sister that Julia spent the night chatting with Mike When Rachel confronts her boyfriend about this, he admits that he fell in love with Julia and hopes he and Rachel can still be friends Cursing her cousin under her breath as a witch, Rachel goes for a chat with Professor Jarvis, who happened to just return from lecturing a women s club about witchcraft We know that the mind has powers that often go undeveloped Scientific tests conducted in laboratories have proved that certain people have control over their mind forces than others There are people who can predict the turn of a card or tune their minds in on events that are occurring in other places Why then is it unreasonable to believe that there might be other people who can channel this mind force outward and create happenings instead of just know about them And people who can do that are witches Some of them call themselves that Summer of Fear is not a great novel The other titles I ve read by Duncan I Know What You Did Last Summer, Down a Dark Hall, Daughters of Eve, The Third Eye are not great novels and I ve gone on record here about how I feel about the special editions Duncan struggles to suspend disbelief not because her books deal with psychic phenomena or criminal conspiracies among teenagers, but because the psychic phenomena and teenagers tend to be developed in the most generic and sanitized terms that qualify them for placement in the Young Adult category On many levels, the characters think like adolescents might imagine adults think.Duncan is a much better writer than her rudimentary prose suggests and with this novel in particular, plugs into the sort of existential dread that a reader of nearly any age should be able to relate to The fear that a charismatic individual no one else wants to see for what they are might take over and destroy your life is primal and exploited between the lines here beautifully Every strange event that Rachel experiences is glossed over with a rational explanation by her parents and escalates another one of Duncan s themes adults refuse to take teenagers seriously and want to control them There isn t a wasted character or prop every element Duncan introduces pays off by her climax, which on the page, are as exciting and unexpected as those favored by Alfred Hitchcock.Lois Duncan s work laid a foundation for the high school horror revival in American film in the mid 1990s, beginning with Scream Wes Craven directed and twenty years earlier he directed the most faithful adaptation of Duncan s work with Stranger in Our House, a made for TV version of this novel that premiered on NBC on October 31, 1978 Linda Blair played Rachel, Lee Purcell played Julia and Fran Drescher played Carolyn each of these actresses co starred in an iconic movie of the 70s The Exorcist, Big Wednesday and Saturday Night Fever The Craven movie isn t remembered so fondly The tiny perfection of Duncan s novels is that they table graphic depictions of violence and even profanity and are able to generate dread and unease with suggestion.

  3. says:

    While I did mildly enjoy Lois Duncan s 1976 young adult horror novel Summer of Fear when I read it as a teenager in 1982, revisiting Summer of Fear as an older adult has not at all been even remotely either a pleasurable or a rewarding reading experience for me For sorry, but Summer of Fear is really so blatantly predictable that you not only are than aware without even the shadow of a doubt right from square one that ALL of Rachel Bryant s fears with regard to her orphaned cousin Julia are one hundred percent justified and true that Juila is an imposter and later turns out to be an an actual and bona fide witch , but also that while I found Rachel a positive and generally likeable character when I read Sumer of Fear as a teenager, rereading the novel now rather shows her as in many ways a bratty and nastily opinionated individual And while of course it is fake cousin Julia Sarah who turns out to be the witch like main villain of Summer of Fear, personally, I have been almost feeling a wee bit sorry for her this time around, as not only does Rachel from the very beginning act extremely negatively towards her supposed cousin, the author s, Lois Duncan s attitude towards the inhabitants of the Ozark Mountains of Missouri has indeed also made me personally very much annoyed and uncomfortable because truly and in my opinion, Duncan with her text, with her narrative and especially with the main villain of Summer of Fear, seems to continuously insinuate and claim that if the established, the original long term inhabitants of the Ozark Mountains are not uncouth, uneducated, superstitious hillbilly types, they are cold and calculating witches like Julia Sarah who will even resort to murder and mayhem in order to obtain and keep their desires So therefore, even though I do have to admit that Summer of Fear is well enough written and as a teenager, certainly kept me up all night reading with suspense and appreciation, I really can and will now only grant a one star ranking at best for Summer of Fear and yes, Summer of Fear is thus also and sadly most definitely a novel that I actively regret having revisited, for what was mildly entertaining, suspenseful and readable in 1982 has now completely dissipated, and really, Lois Duncan s obvious authorial disdain for the people of the Ozark Mountains of Missouri does majorly make me cringe and rub me the wrong proverbial way.

  4. says:

    Still freakin scary and still one of my best 7th grade booktalks Lois Duncan knows how to work the fear nerve

  5. says:

    Summer of Fear is a short, simple read that I enjoyed but that I didn t find special Part of the issue is that I read this as an adult rather than as a young adult, so the fear factor and mystery did not really hit me Aside from this, the book was predictable and, though I did not predict everything exactly, I definitely saw one or two things coming I didn t really grow connected to any of the characters, unfortunately Nonetheless, if you are looking for a quick read that will bring back some nostalgia, this could be a solid choice.

  6. says:

    Do you like books about magic spells or witchcraft well this is the right book for you The genre to this book is fantasy fiction with a little bit of realistic fiction My opinion to this book is that it is great it is creepy in a way and makes you feel like you are actually there in the experience There will be SPOILER ALERTS in the book so be aware So this book takes place in day and night in a house of this girl named Rachel So what happens in this book is that what suddenly tragic just happened to the family is that Rachel s aunt and uncle just got killed in a car accident and their daughter named Julia needed to stay with a new family And the family is Rachel s because there is no where else for her to stay with What Rachel notices of Julia is that she is a little strange She has a strange personality that Rachel is curious about And as time passed on strange things started happening Rachel s dog died and her neighbor was in a coma sort of thing What Rachel later knows is that Julia was the one who caused all of this and is a witch who wants to marry her father and kill anything that gets in her way The conflict is person vs person since it is Rachel vs evil witch JULIA I think a major theme in the story is when Julia proves she is a WITCH The setting in the story adds to the end of the story because when Julia told Rachel that her mother will die when she hits the curve in the mountain Rachel hurries to the mountain to stop her mother from passing away and does save her I think the author really did bring tension when Rachel and her ex boyfriend raced towards the highway to prevent her mother from falling to her death in the curve Another thing the author used to bring tension was when the car had a gas leak and had to run toward the mountain but still made it I was very satisfied the way the author brought tension in the book, I really enjoy this author Louis Duncan because of how he always gets me hooked up in the book I get so tense that I completely zone out on whats happening around me I was surprised when I found out that little sweet Julia was actually a EVIL WITCH I thought to myself that it can t be possible that a nice girl like her is evil I rate this book a 4 because I think Lois Duncan could ve added to the book because I felt like he could ve added to the book So if you like books about crazy witches or something dramatic or fantasy fiction read THIS BOOK NOW.

  7. says:

    Rachel is fifteen, has a great boyfriend and a great family But one day they get horrible news Rachel s mother s sister and her husband were killed in a car accident Their daughter, Julia, is now all alone But Rachel s mother and father get ready to go get their niece They hardly know her, but she is family And Rachel is fine with this Sure, it will take some getting used to sharing her room with someone, but it will be like having an older sister.Everything was going well At least for a little bit, until Julia showed Rachel her true colors The problem is, no one else seems to see the true Julia but Rachel and she s not sure how to convince anyone that her cousin is not the angel she pretends to be I know I stayed up later last night reading this than I should have, but I honestly couldn t put it down It was definitely a page turner and at the same time, so frustrating Honestly, I felt very angry at times because of everything Rachel went through and no one believed her The story was suspenseful and kept me on the edge of my seat or, uh, bed, rather I wasn t really sure what was going to happen next and I worried for Rachel s safety And her family and boyfriend just annoyed me because of the fact they couldn t see what was going on Julia was always the victim and Rachel always the bad guy, the one they must punish.What else can I say about this book It was great, even if some of the characters frustrated me to no end.

  8. says:

    This is a solid 3.5 star read for me This book was originally written in the 70s and revised in the 2000s I have no clue what all she changed but I noticed her referring to Harry Potter and cell phones to make the book relevant When I bought this book I didn t connect to the fact that I had already seen the film that was based on this book Yes, this book has a very, unknown film that stars Linda Blair and was directed by Wes Craven The movie actually followed the book pretty decent The movie isn t easy to find any but if you are really curious about it just check it out on Youtube I would ve loved this book when I was at about middle grade aged It was still a fun read but I didn t find it remotely scary or even suspenseful I really hated the character of Julia, but I guess you are supposed to It was almost unpleasant to read about her though because of how awful she was I like to enjoy my villains a bit , there was nothing good about this girl I will finish up this review soon.

  9. says:

    3.5 starsIn terms of the atmosphere in the novel and the general enjoyment that I got from this story, this should probably get a bit than 3 stars I am well aware that this is an oldie and that I am probably not in the target audience of this book any , but I was a bit disappointed by it I found it way to simple and a bit too predictable, but I did enjoy reading it, aside from that jerk of a love interest and Rae s parents, who had no problem calling their own daughter a witch, pointing out her faults in comparison to her cousin and not protesting when people her brothers called her a bitch in front of everyone All in all, this was a quick, somewhat creepy, fun and easy read I think I will be checking out Duncan s other titles.

  10. says:

    This was a reread for me.I read all of Lois Duncan s books as a teenager This is a good mystery chiller, very much written in the style of the vintage gothic romanceswitched identities, murder, witchcraft.It s an excellent YA read, but also just generally is a good, quick book.You can find a full review later this week on my YA Horror Review blog

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