The Women in the Walls

The Women in the Walls

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Lucy Acosta's mother died when she was three. Growing up in a Victorian mansion in the middle of the woods with her cold, distant father, she explored the dark hallways of the estate with her cousin, Margaret. They're inseparable-- a family. When her aunt Penelope, the only mother she's ever known, tragically disappears while walking in the woods surrounding their estate, Lucy finds herself devastated and alone. Margaret has been spending a lot of time in the attic. She claims she can hear her dead mother's voice whispering from the walls. Emotionally shut out by her father, Lucy watches helplessly as her cousin's sanity slowly unravels. But when she begins hearing voices herself, Lucy finds herself confronting an ancient and deadly legacy that has marked the women in her family for generations.
Publisher: Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin Teen, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780373211944
Branch Call Number: LUKAVIC
Characteristics: 278 pages ; 22 cm

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ReadingAdviser_Sally Jan 10, 2019

I had a hard time getting into this story but once I did... wow! Very creepy and atmospheric.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 18, 2018

The horror genre has been around for generations of books, ranging from Stephen King's iconic novels to today's contemporary reads with Amy Lukavics, who has received critically acclaimed reviews for her style of storytelling. The Women in the Walls is a book for teenagers and up, with plenty of chilling points of high tension among a frightening environment. In a modern-day setting, the author is able to create a story with sympathetic characters, allowing emotional investment in the book, thus providing a more immersive experience. Unique horror tropes are presented to readers in graphic detail. As for the plot, a seveteen-year-old Lucy Acosta resides in a large mansion with her cousin Margaret and aunt Penelope. During the story, her aunt disappears and her cousin begins acting out of the ordinary, claiming to hear voices coming from the walls. Lucy's father does not offer help, leaving her no consolation, considering the harm she inflicts on herself. Of course, as a horror novel, it is recommended for mature readers. @Mercurial_Series of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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burchlam
Mar 14, 2017

For what it is, it is entertaining enough. It is targeted to teens and reads as such. The story is reminiscent of a Wes Craven film--gory and not terribly realistic, but with a real jump feature Craven fans love in horror. I found the title a little misleading, and the plot could have used some "fleshing" out for the back story. Still, I read it through in two days, and my oldest is now reading it. OK read if you don't expect too much.

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ReadingAdviser_Sally Jan 10, 2019

Frightening or Intense Scenes: This title contains Frightening or Intense Scenes.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Jan 10, 2019

Violence: Some Violence, descriptions of suicide and self harm.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Jan 10, 2019

Coarse Language: A little bit of coarse language.

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ReadingAdviser_Sally Jan 10, 2019

Her claws, they rise, they sway in dance
to the melody of screams
Her lullaby will never end
till the world comes apart at the seams

ReadingAdviser_Sally Jan 10, 2019

The mother sings a hungry song
Of blood and cracking teeth
She dances in the dark below
wants to pull us underneath

ReadingAdviser_Sally Jan 10, 2019

“The girl lives in a beautiful dollhouse made of stone', I wrote one time in my dairy when I was young, my handwriting shaky but sure. 'But beneath her shining plastic smile, there are only screams'.”

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