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  • File Size: 307 KB
  • Print Length: 217 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Titans of Fortune Publishing (September 20, 2010)
  • Publication Date: September 20, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004478IM2
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Chadwick H. Saxelid on August 1, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Although the film adaptation is fine (Jodie Foster was perfect for the part) it does not come close to the haunting power of this chilling novel. Thirteen year old Rynn lives at the end of the lane with her recluse father, or does she? Mrs. Hallet, her landlord, is getting suspicious of Rynn and her lifestyle just as her child molesting son (who is far older and creepier in the novel than in the film) is begins harrassing the little girl as well. Complicating matters further is Rynn's growing attraction to the equally curious Sheriff's son Mario.
Laird Koenig masterfully weaves these plot threads togehter into an icy spider web that Rynn may or may not get herself free of. Watching it all come together (and apart) creates one of the truly great cult classic novels of the seventies. Required reading for psychological thriller fans and those with a taste for gothic imagery. Highly recommended.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Eric Geilker on August 15, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Yes, Jodie Foster starred in the 1976 movie. But the book by Laird Koenig is really worth a look.
Rynn, 13-year-old daughter of an english poet, is instructed by her departing father to SURVIVE. That shouldn't be hard on a civilized New England island very like Nantucket, especially if you have a three-year lease paid in full and a semi-inexhaustable supply of cash in a safe deposit box...should it?
Frank Hallet, a filthy rich blue-blooded pedophile doesn't help Rynn's chances. Neither do a couple of bodies under a trap door in the parlor.
But believe me, you will cheer for the witty Rynn as you turn each page of this efficiently crafted little page-turner.
The writing is spot-on, and the ending is so wonderfully surprising and subtle as to invoke thoughts of Henry James and The Turn of the Screw.
Read it by the fire, in one sitting, preferably on a rainy October evening. I bought my copy (a fine, well-preserved, pretty little black hardback) for 25 cents at a book sale. Even if Amazon can't match that deal, the book is pure enjoyment.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The movie The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane is my absolute favorite ever, and the book is, of course, certainly worth reading. Here is a tale of murder, secrecy, and survival. Intertwined between all this is a touching love story between 13-year-old Rynn and 16-year-old Mario. One might question the age difference between the two, but upon reading the book (or seeing the movie, which I also highly recommend), we see that Rynn is far surpassed the usual maturity level of a person her age.
Rynn lives in a small, secluded house at the end of a lane in a small New England island town with her English poet father, Leslie Jacobs, or so she says. The only problem is no one ever sees him.
Survive. That's what her father told her. Don't play their game. And Rynn won't, not even when she is badgered my Mrs. Hallet, the real estate lady that rents the house to Leslie and Rynn and who insists on knowing where Leslie is at all times, no matter what it takes; or her son, Frank Hallet, who is notorious in their town for taking an unhealthy liking to girls much younger than he.
Rynn's only friend in the world is Mario Podesta, an amateur magician who is crippled. Only Mario knows Rynn's terrible secret, and he soon becomes her co-conspirator.
I won't give any spoilers, but I will say that this book is absolutely amazing. It is unfortunate that it is out of print at this time. If you can get ahold of a copy, however, read it. You will not regret it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Invictus_Nth on February 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I first read "The Little Girl Who Lived Down the Lane" as a junior in high school. And I recently had the distinct pleasure of tracking down a used version.

Nearly fifteen years later, this book still effectively delivers.

Koenig has crafted a rarity. It is a tense, suspenseful narrative that never relies on theatrics or histrionics to raise the reader's unease. The book is short - one suspects that it can be read in a sitting - but the book leaves a lasting impact once finished.

The narrative shifts between several characters. But the main - and memorable - protagonist is Rynn. Rynn is a young woman who a reader is unsure to be rooting for or apprehensive of.

Throughout the book, she displays extraordinary resource and tightly wound emotions - but her voice and feelings are telegraphed in away that seems thoroughly convincing and realistic. And although Rynn is the main character to which all other others rotate around, the reader is put into the perspective of the satellite characters.

To summarize the novel, unfortunately, would be to give away the ending. The theme and questions, however, are simple. Young Rynn is harboring a secret in the house she and her father have rented in a quiet New England hamlet.

What is the secret? And why is Rynn so determined to protect this secret it all costs?

Internal narrative is Koenig's strong suit. Emotions, particularly Rynn's, seem genuine and realistically developed. Not once are there illogical jumps in character or story development.

The one caveat is that book takes place in the mid-1970s - so many situations have to be read with a grain of salt because they would never be allowed to occur in the present day.

If you are searching for a page-turner of a suspenseful nature - this book is highly recommended.
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