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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

"Just Dial A Number" by Edith Maxwell

Published:  1971
Archway Pocket Books

Cath took a deep breath.  Her voice came out ragged and raspy.  "Someone...tried...to...kill...me."

Complete silence.  For a moment she thought the connection was broken.  Then the sound of breathing started, quick and in little gasps, like someone trying to get enough air.  Todd stepped closer, moving the receiver away from her ear, so he could hear too.  He pointed to the phone, then to Cathy.  His lips formed the words, "Go on,"

Her hands were moist and her mouth dry.  "Someone tried to kill me," she gasped.

She was still holding the receiver so others could hear, but it wasn't necessary.  The next thing she knew, the telephone exploded.

"Mary Ann  Mary Ann!  Oh, my God, where are you?"

Cathy's stomach turned over, and she dropped the receiver on the desk with a crash.  Backing away, she shuddered and looked at the phone...as though it were alive.



Synopsis:

“Someone tried to kill me,” Cathy gasped into the phone. It was only a prank call dialed at random – a joke played by four teenagers fooling around. But what happened afterwards plunged them into a nightmare. By the next morning two people were dead because of that phone call. Keeping their guilt secret, Cathy, Todd, Paul and DeeDee had to live with the terror of being found out.


This was a very well-written story.  It leans more toward suspense than it does supernatural or horror.  

To make a long story short without giving away any spoilers, a group of teenagers make a seemingly harmless prank call.  Only, the unthinkable ensues.

As the main character, Cathy, gets pulled into the maelstrom of events, her complete life is thrown out of balance.  She dangles at a terrifying precipice between the guilt of truth and a string of lies that seem never ending.  Relationships are uprooted and trust wavers as life as she knew it is totally thrown askew.

The outcome does finally arrive, and it's every bit as scary as she expected it would be.

It's  great quick read.  Fun if you're interested in a lighter mystery.



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"The Window" by Carol Ellis

Published:1993
Scholastic Children's Books

Jody Used the binoculars to see if she could see light anywhere else in the cabin, maybe the hall, but all she saw was darkness.  She moved the binoculars slightly, to where she'd seen the figure last night, and gasped out loud.

Somebody was there.

Jody tightened her grip on the binoculars.  The somebody wasn't just walking by.  He was bent over, like last night, but not dragging anything.  What was he doing?  Kicking, that was it.  Kicking at the snow and looking down.  Looking for something.  For that shiny thing?  He'd lost something last night when he'd dragged the bag away, and now he'd come back to find it.

But why at night?  The moon was out, but so were the clouds, and they kept drifting across the light, making it harder than ever for Jody to see.  Half the time she thought the person had gone, but then she'd catch a movement agin, and know he was still there, kicking at the snow.

Then the kicking stopped.  But the person was still there.  She could just make out a dark form, motionless in the snow.  Standing there.  Staring.  Staring up at her.

Jody suddenly shrank backa nd ducked down, her heart pounding like a drum.  She'd been seen.  The glass in the binoculars must have caugt the moonlight and given her away.  And now, whoever was out there knew Jody had been watching everything...



Back Cover Synopsis:

It should have been the skiing holiday of a lifetime. But Jody sprains her ankle and finds herself alone with nothing to do but gaze out of her cabin window.

Gazing into the cabin of a beautiful neighbor she witnesses the fight, the murder and the killer...or does she?

And if the murder is real, has the killer been watching Jody?

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I liked this book well enough.  I found the beginning a little confusing at the author pretty much attempted to introduce a whole group of people in the span of a few pages.  However, the rest of the story made up for the slow start.

The storyline will keep you flipping the pages, it totally kept me immersed so I completed the book in on sitting.  It gave me a wintry, cozy feeling.  I just wanted to cuddle up in a fleece blanket and drink some hot chocolate as I read.

Worth the read for adults and YA readers alike!


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