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The Devil Walks

The Devil Walks [Kindle Edition]

Anne Fine
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"Anne Fine is right on top form in The Devil Walks, a page-turning sinister tale where the tension mounts to the very end . . . Now read on! A splendid child's introduction to the gothic" (Marilyn Brocklehurst The Bookseller)

"A superb and subtle writer . . . a joyful marriage of style and content . . . The Devil Walks is immediately a classic in its own right" (Mal Peet Guardian)

"It is a pitch-perfect Gothic thriller" (Daily Telegraph)

"Recommended, but not for a dark and stormy night" (Financial Times)

"Crackling with suspense, The Devil Walks is a dense psychological thriller set in a richly imagined past. Moody and unsettling, it is filled with intrigue and uncertainty to keep the readers guessing until the last page" (Jake Hope The Bookseller)

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A truly terrifying horror tale from multi-award-winning author Anne Fine.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1333 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 085753064X
  • Publisher: RHCP Digital (7 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0056GJIUQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,825 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Anne Fine leads a double life as an author. Of her eight novels for adult readers, she describes seven as black comedies and the first, The Killjoy, as simply 'dead black'. These adult novels cause readers to squirm with mingled horror and delight as she peels away the layers in all too familiar family relationships, exposing the tangled threads and conflicts beneath. It's therefore perhaps not surprising that Anne has openly expressed astonishment at the fact that murder in the domestic setting is not more common.
A great favourite for discussions in reading groups, Anne Fine's work has been published in over forty-five languages. Despite this, she remains best known in her home country, Britain, as a writer principally for children. She has twice won both the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Awards, the Guardian Children's Book Prize and numerous other prizes and awards. She was the second Children's Laureate from 2001-3, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and was awarded an OBE for services to children's literature.
Anne Fine is an entertaining and engaging speaker on the subject of books and reading, and is in demand the world over for her tireless enthusiasm, common sense approach to literacy, and for the deliciously wicked humour that permeates all her writing.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously dark! 6 July 2011
By Serendipity Reviews TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Oh my, this was a deliciously dark tale. From the beginning, you are quite disturbed by Daniel's mother, who appears to be quite insane. You are desperate for him to be taken out of her care and find yourself wondering a little if she suffers from Munchhausen Syndrome by Proxy. Clearly, she has some issues, if she is raising her son, never to leave his bedroom and keeping him in bed night and day, convincing him that he is ill.

Luckily he is discovered by a neighbour and sent to live with the local doctor providing him with a loving home, which allows him to become stronger and healthy. Wouldn't it be nice, if we could believe that now he would be happy for ever after? Unfortunately, his step uncle Severin offers to take him in and Daniels' life really takes a turn for the worse.

Daniel is a really strong character, who just goes from strength to strength as the book progresses, allowing him to face his fears head on by the climatic scenes at the end of the book.

I am unsure of when this book is set or in which country. I am presuming it was set in Victorian times, due to the mode of transport and other aspects discussed within the book, but I couldn't definitely be sure.

I loved the richness of the prose, leading me in a gloriously Gothic tale. The book feels immensely dark from cover to cover. You get a real sense of Daniel's fear at staying in his uncle's house. His Uncle Severin keeps you on your toes as he carousels between his Jekyll and Hyde persona's. I found myself never quite sure of his intentions until the very end.

I was pleased to be able to forgive Daniel's mother as the book progressed, because I realised her reasons for her actions and knew that in the same circumstances I would do the same.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully eerie! 18 July 2011
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The Devil Walks sent shivers down my spine! It is nothing like Anne Fine's other books (for example Charm School and the Granny Project), but is an amazing tale!
As you travel through Daniel's (our young main character) horrific expericences, travelling from his quiet life as an invalid with his mother to arriving at the large and creepy house of his step-uncle Severin (who seems to have a split personality), you become more and more gripped by the mystery which the plot is wrapped in.
Daniel does not instruct you to read his story and weep, in the slightly irritating manner that other unfortunate heroes can take. Instead he admits to his life being strange and accepts it.
An excellant read (as all Anne Fine's are), but be warned not to read it alone after dark!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring 11 May 2012
Boring and predictable, there is no sense of any real danger for any of the characters. Mainly because everything is so obvious. Tedious in the extreme. The only good thing to say for it is that it is very short and quick to read. No merit whatsoever. Characters are two-dimensional, no depth or anything to generate any interest in them or what happens to them. A waste of the two hours it took to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars creepy 14 July 2011
The Devil walks is the first Anne Fine I have read in years. I remember her as an author of funny childrens books and was geniunely blown away by how different her latest offering is and how it was certainly not some I would have associated with her.

The devil walks is one of those books that both makes you think and leaves you a little bit unsettled. I liked that the story kept with me for a day or two after I finished it and kept playing on my mind.

At the start of the books you meet Daniel. He is a young boy who has spent his entire life settled away from the rest of the world spending all of his days with his mother who is clearly unhinged. Events progress and Daniel finds himself alone in the world and starts to discover all the things he has never had the chance to experience before (like seeing cows in a field). The only link he has to his past is a dolls house which houses a collection of somewhat creepy dolls.

Later Daniel is moved to live with his 'Uncle' in a house which is an exact replica of the doll house he has spent years playing with and his uncle bears a frightening resemblence to the doll in the collection which is the most disturbing.

What I found most remarkable in this book was the main character daniel and seeing how he deals with this whole new reality he has found himself thrust into in. The way he deals with the challenges tells you a lot about human resilience and adaptablitily.

This book gets more creepy as you go on. Daniel's uncle gets more and more unsettling with his erratic behaviours and towards the end the way he acts is downright frightening. I shan't spoil the plot by giving too much away except to say this is a book you can't afford to miss if you like all that is gothic and creepy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Scary supernatural thriller 2 Feb 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Since getting my Kindle, I have read several books aimed at readers younger than myself. Last year, I lapped up 'The Hunger Games' trilogy and I'm not ashamed to say I loved David Walliams' 'Mr Stink'! Today I finished another book for youngsters.

'The Devil Walks' by Anne Fine is a gothic horror novel aimed at older children. The book starts by introducing us to Daniel, who is bed-bound and closely watched over by his mother. We soon learn there is nothing whatsoever wrong with the boy. But why does the mother want him to think there is?

The book takes some twists and turns and is never less than gripping. The story involves an incredibly spooky dolls house and takes a turn for the supernatural about three quarters of the way through. Far-fetched it may be, but it is a thrilling ride and one which youngsters will enjoy to the very end.

Anne Fine writes good descriptive prose but her dialogue here is unconvincing to me in parts. Daniel is only a boy but he speaks with the voice of a mature adult. It doesn't quite ring true. However, this doesn't really spoil the book. It's a fun scary ride, so suspend your disbelief and climb aboard!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars My review of The Devil Walks
I chose this rating because the story was captivating with loads of unforeseen twists and turns in the story that you would not expect which is what makes the reader engrossed in... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Twelve Alperton
4.0 out of 5 stars The devil walks
this story was captivating and kept me hooked onto the story which is why I rated it a 4/5.I would recommend this book to children/young adults who like a bit of spook.
Published 23 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I read this within a couple of hours and had no breaks because I didn't want to sop reading! Great Book
Published 10 months ago by ERIN O'CONNELL
3.0 out of 5 stars Old Fashioned
Set in Victorian/Edwardian England, the story revolves around Daniel who has spent his young life believing he was an invalid, until a Doctor calls one day and rescues him. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Book chatter
5.0 out of 5 stars A gothic childen's novel
I am a fan of Anne Fine's books for older children and thoroughly enjoyed this one (though I don't qualify as a child of any age). Read more
Published 18 months ago by Suchea
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed Gothic Masterpiece
This is a real page turner which will appeal to both older children and adults.

It is written the gothic tradition and appears to be set in Victorian or Edwardian... Read more
Published on 4 Dec 2011 by Avocet
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Fine Masterpiece..
"The Devil Walks" is a gothic thriller for older children and just the right kind of book to curl up with as the nights draw in. Read more
Published on 16 Sep 2011 by Lovely Treez
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and dangerous
I've read one or two of Anne Fine's books and liked some more than others. It was the spooky cover of this novel that appealed to me, and comparing it with the other books written... Read more
Published on 2 Sep 2011 by C. Colley
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Masterpiece!
Daniel has been housebound all his young life and knows not of what the real world holds. That is until one day when Daniel is rescue from his mother's oppression. Read more
Published on 29 Aug 2011 by BDMist
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