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The women in the walls / Amy Lukavics.

By: Lukavics, Amy.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Simon & Schuster, 2016Copyright date: ©2016Description: 274 pages ; 20 cm.ISBN: 9781471145292 (paperback); 1471145298 (paperback).Subject(s): Auditory hallucinations -- Juvenile fiction | Mothers -- Death -- Juvenile fiction | Haunted houses -- Juvenile fiction | Horror tales | Families -- Juvenile fiction | Cousins -- Juvenile fiction | Secrecy -- Juvenile fiction | Family secrets -- Juvenile fiction | Mothers and daughters -- Juvenile fiction | Mansions -- Juvenile fiction | Young adult fictionDDC classification: 813.6 Summary: 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. 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.
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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. 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.

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Publishers Weekly Review

In this extremely dark horror novel, 17-year-old Lucy Acosta lives on her father's palatial estate, with only her Aunt Penelope and cousin Margaret for company. Lucy's father is distant and cold, except when he throws parties for the wealthy members of the mysterious country club that abuts the Acosta estate. When Penelope disappears after walking off into the forest and Margaret begins to act strange, claiming to hear her mother's voice in the walls of the mansion, Lucy-who has been harming herself in secret for years-begins to crumble, too. After Margaret dies gruesomely, Lucy also begins to hear voices in the walls. Readers will be invested in Lucy, not least of which because of everything Lukavics (Daughters Unto Devils) throws at her-the novel features a hanging, a variety of impalements, and a dismembered and cooked human body, all described in intensely graphic detail. The story is compelling, and the mansion and its secrets are well depicted, but this ferocious story definitely isn't for the fainthearted. Ages 14-up. Agent: Joanna Volpe, New Leaf Literary & Media. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 8 Up-In her sophomore horror novel, Lukavics creates a present-day world within a centuries-old Victorian estate. Lucy Acosta grew up being told that she must always have perfect control and never show weakness. Now at 17 years old, after discovering Walter the cook hanging by his neck from his bedroom ceiling, and dealing with the mysterious disappearance of her aunt Penelope-who was more of a mother to Lucy than to her own daughter-she is finding it increasingly difficult to maintain her composure. It doesn't help that Lucy's cousin and best friend Margaret is hearing voices in the attic, quickly withdrawing from society, and threatening to tell Lucy's greatest secret-the protagonist cuts herself. When more tragedy strikes, Lucy starts hearing the voices of several women in the walls of their estate. Readers will be either delighted by the creepy twists and turns of each chapter or disappointed by it not being creepy enough to necessitate sleeping with one eye open. The ending might leave teens wanting more, giving Lukavics a good opening for a possible sequel. There are several uses of profanity, and the theme of self-mutilation runs throughout the book. VERDICT Seasoned horror lovers might not be satisfied, but this would be a great choice to introduce the uninitiated to the genre.-Kristin Unruh, Novi High School, MI © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

Lucy Acostas and her cousin Margaret, both 17, live in a secluded Victorian mansion, homeschooled and parented by Lucy's distant father and Margaret's only slightly less distant mother, Penelope. For Lucy, a secret cutter, life has never been normal, but then she finds the cook's body hanging in his bedroom. A few days later, Penelope disappears, and then Margaret turns odd, thinking she's hearing voices in the walls. The addition of two new members in the household the replacement cook, Miranda, and her teenage daughter, Vanessa seems to add a note of normalcy. But does it? The author of the impressive Daughters unto Devils (2015) offers a story stocked with its share of grisly deaths, strange twists, and secrets upon secrets. Though there's a feeling of predictability that lessens the impact of some of the more disturbing elements, Lucy's first-person narrative moves events along with an intensity. Readers who like their horror served hot and fast will enjoy this.--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2016 Booklist

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