The book just really wasn't for me. Now new tenants are moving in: affable Josef Friedrichs and his lovely daughter, Kathy, who has stolen Mark's heart on first glance. It was a ghost story, but not really frightening. All in all, not her best book, but good. The house next door stood empty for years, an eerie mirror image of Pat Robbins' well-tended home.
Barbara Michaels not only sets up the strange energy threatening the household, but delves into the history of its first inhabitants as well as the c From the start this book draws you in with its eloquence speaking of a house and the keeper who takes care of it. This was another fun read from Michaels, her characters were likable but with flaws, making them real to me, and from time to time Josef would annoy me with his macho remarks and outburst but the way the book progressed I couldn't help but like him. But something is not right--something old and secret lurking in the shadows that fresh paint and new furnishings cannot mask or exorcise. There really wasn't anything to it. Pat's teen-aged son fell head over heels for Kathy, his new neighbor. It was a ghost story, but not really frightening.
But something is not right — something old and secret is lurking in the shadows, something that fresh paint and new furnishings cannot mask or exorcise. Very minimal damage to the cover including scuff marks, but no holes or tears. Unfriendly and hostile Joseph with his authoritative attitude kept Pat away until she got drawn into the lives of two strangers who managed to build a tangible hold on her and her son. Overall this was a fun book, but not perfect. And it's not surprising, as there's a feeling of darkness radiating from the house that seems to scare everyone away.
As of now, I've read it at least five times. There is evil alive in the heart of the house next door — and it means to feed on the fears of two families. I liked the overall mystery and some of the spooky stuff was well done. Where the hell did that come from? And I felt like the conversations between them were very contrived and not at all natural. It's inevitable that any old book will show it's age in one way or another, but that can be modified by keeping specific information out of a story unless it pertains to the plot. However, as the Civil War looms, the two sisters' families are divided -- one supports the North, one supports the South. The story is about Pat and Mark, a widow and her son who welcome new neighbors: Josef and his daughter Kathy into the house next door.
The set up was huge and I only wish the ending had a little more of a bang, other than that I loved it. A vengeful spirit makes itself know, first in one house, then the next. A vengeful spirit makes itself know, first in one house, then the next. I was complaining about having nothing to read and my mom handed it to me and told me to give it a try. I dare not say anything else because this book is best savored when the reader doesn't know what waits around each corner. I couldn't rate it higher then a 3 stars because I wasn't convinced over the romantic coupling she gave the two adult characters.
Abandoned for a long time the house next door was solemn and dark but when new flesh moved in strange things started to happen. The characters are very well fleshed out and three dimensional, and I especially enjoy cocky, impulsive Mark. . While written almost twenty years ago this is still a modern tale of secret passions, family quarrels and haunted houses with eerie appearances that are not of this world. There really wasn't anything to it.
But, the story itself is very good, and I really miss this type of novel. Now new tenants are moving in: affable Josef Friedrichs and his lovely daughter, Kathy, who has stolen Mark's heart on first glance. The historical detail was fascinating. But something is not right—something old and secret lurking in the shadows that fresh paint and new furnishings cannot mask or exorcise. The worst was the ghost.
But something is not right—something old and secret lurking in the shadows that fresh paint and new furnishings cannot mask or exorcise. But there were some elements I enjoyed. Sure you will call a few things, and you may get them right,but that's when you quickly discover things are not exactly as they seem. But now new tenants are moving in: friendly Josef and his lovely daughter, Kathy, who has stolen Mark's heart on first glance. Pat's teenaged son Mark fell head over heels for Kathy, his new neighbor. There is evil alive in the heart of the house next door—and it means to feed on the fears of two families. I know that Barbara Michaels is a very popular writer, but just too 'lightweight' for me.
In an effort to find the source of the haunting, they research the histories of the houses. It also brought up fond memories of the 70's - not the disco era kind of stuff. I didn't like any of the characters. Pat lives in an old house in Maryland with her son, Mark. The Walker in Shadows isn't my favorite Michaels book that will always go to , but it retains the flavor of her snarky, suspenseful, spooky style to provide a light, enjoyable read. Overall this was a 3.
I'm really glad I decided to read this book again. The house next door to Pat Robbins — eerily identical to the home she shares with her teenage son, Mark — has been empty for years. But, the story itself is very good, and I really miss this type of novel. The backstory was very meh, and I literally fell asleep reading the last twenty pages. The house next door to Pat Robbins--eerily identical to the home Pat shares with her college-aged son, Mark--has been empty for years, the darkness within seeming to warn all to stay away.