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Trick or Treat [Kindle Edition]

Richie Tankersley Cusick
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Book Description

A young girl is tormented by her new house’s terrible past

Martha wants to be happy for her father. She likes his new wife—even if she’s a terrible cook—but she doesn’t understand why they had to leave Chicago and move to this horrible house in the country. It’s big, broken-down, and miles from anywhere, alone in the woods with nothing on the property but an overgrown cemetery. But at night it doesn’t feel empty.
Conor—her new, weird stepbrother—chose Martha’s new room for her. It’s dark and drafty, and no matter how she tries to fix it up, she can’t sleep easily there. At night, whispers come from the closet, filling Martha with a sense that something terrible happened here. She’s right. Not long ago, the house was the site of a gruesome murder. When Conor and Martha’s parents leave town on their honeymoon, the two teens will find out why the dead don’t rest easy at the old Bedford house.
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Richie Tankersley Cusick including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.

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About the Author

For three decades, Richie Tankersley Cusick (b. 1952) has been one of the most prominent authors of horror fiction for young adults. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana—home to some of the country’s most ancient ghosts—Cusick grew up in a small bayou town called Barataria. Inspired by the eerie Louisiana swampland, she began writing at a young age. After college, Cusick took a job at Hallmark and moved to a haunted house in Kansas City, where she began work on her first novel, Evil on the Bayou, whose success allowed her to leave her job and begin writing fulltime. Since then, Cusick has written more than two dozen novels. She and her three dogs live in North Carolina, where Cusick writes on an antique roll-top desk that was once owned by a funeral director. The desk is, of course, haunted.

Product Details

  • File Size: 811 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Teen & Tween (October 4, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005PWAZ44
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #304,965 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trick or Treat book description November 29, 2004
By Lyn
Book description on back of book:

"Martha knew there was something evil about the house she was moving into. It was so cold...and creepy. And it wasn't just the house that was giving her a weird feeling. Martha was sure someone was following her...watching her every move.

Then the practical jokes began--the scarecrow with the carving knife in its head, the fire. And the phone calls: 'Trick or Treat,'re dead.'

It was October, but these were no Halloween tricks. Someone would be coming home this year with more than just a bag of treats. And Martha was the prize.

Trick or Treat"

This is one of the first books by Richie Tankersley Cusick that I read, and I still enjoy reading it. I love the setting, which is a "haunted" house outside of a small town, around Halloween. Martha and her dad and her new stepmom and stepbrother Conor move into this deserted house. After living in the big, lonely house for about a week, their parents go on their honeymoon, so Conor and Martha are all alone. Martha is terrified of the new house, because she thinks weird things are happening. To make matters worse, at her new school she is not doing so well. Luckily she has made a few friends: Blake, a cute guy who seems to like her, and his cousins Greg (who works at their school and is Martha's advisor), and Wynn, who is Martha's age. Martha finds out from her new friends that a girl named Elizabeth Bedford who was her age and looked a little like Martha was killed in her bedroom in the Bedford house, but no one ever found out who the killer was. I really liked this book because it was a scary, easy read that I couldn't put down, and the ending is so surprising. Richie Tankersley Cusick's other books are just as good.

Try: The Lifeguard, The Mall, Someone at the Door, Vampire, and Scarecrow.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 90s YA Horror Cheese is Coming Back! December 27, 2011
By Donna C
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Hooray! 90s YA cheese is re-emerging! My evil plan is working! What?

Yes, TRICK OR TREAT was originally 90s cheese of my now major obsession. No, it's not a total turd like some cheese is. I was actually really surprised reading this and realizing just how well it transcended time. Initially I thought it might have been updated but with the mention of records, cassettes and VHS tapes, my fears were eased.

I am always super giddy for horror and sometimes that eagerness comes around to bite me in the ass. Not this time. While TRICK OR TREAT may come off as your standard haunted house story, the twist at the end will have you totally creeped out. I certainly didn't see it coming. Then again I'm not really adept at spotting those kinds of things in advance so take that as you will.

Martha comes off a bit insufferable, a drama queen and a definite whiner to begin with so it's really not a surprise when no one believes her when she starts complaining about the creepy house and her cold bedroom. And Conor is a bit of a creep factor. He's really elusive and isn't straight forward when he speaks. Some people might find that mysterious. I pegged him as a baby serial killer. Enter the absentee parents that leave their teen kids alone in a house for weeks while they honeymoon (brilliant!) and you have the beginnings of a super horror story.

So while Martha comes off as a bit ingratiating eventually I did get past her initial complainer attitude and start to sympathize with her plight. The house was affecting her so badly that it was starting to show physically. And still no one believed her. But by the time people started seeing the forest for the trees, it might have been a little too late. Or was it?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading for young people looking for a scare February 12, 2003
And I'm not talking down to young people. I still like this book a lot, but I read it over and over when I was in middle school. I was also reading Stephen King at this time, so it's not like I couldn't handle scary stuff; this book is really creepy. I remember getting chills down my back more than a few times. Very atmospheric; the groundfog and autumn leaves practically blow off the page into the room you're in. Fast-paced Halloween fun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspense, murder and a touch of romance. June 17, 1998
By A Customer
From the minute Martha moves into her new house, something doesn't feel right. Then she finds out that the girl who lived in the house before her was murdered. Her new step - brother Connor, is so mysterious he almost frightens her. Her new friends, especially Blake, are great. But Martha begins to feel like there's someone watching her, following her every move, and then the pranks begin.... Excellent book, I think 'The Lifeguard' and 'The Beach House' are by the same author. This book is so good it's falling apart from being read so many times!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite books! July 3, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I first read this book about 9 years ago and loved it. I'm 24 now, and re-read Trick or Treat a few times a year. I think all of Ms. Cusick's books are great, but this one has to be the best of them all...Silent Stalker is a close second though! I would recommend this book to anyone! It's got the perfect mix of suspense and romance...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice..... November 9, 2002
By T
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Martha Stevenson has a new family. Her dad remarried, and she now has a new stepbrother. When she moves from Chicago to a small town -- Bedford -- she thinks that her life is at an all-time low. She's dead wrong! Martha starts receiving threatening phone calls and grotesque pranks bring her life down even more. Soon after, she learns that someone was murdered in her new house -- in her room, specifically. But even before she hears the news, she senses a menacing evil within the house. Something -- or someone -- wants to repeat history, and in order to do that, they must kill.....
I thought that "Trick or Treat" was great. It was definitely suspenseful and even reminded me of the horror movie "Halloween," with the murderer appearing out of the shadows.....It wasn't the best I've read by Richie Tankersley Cusick, though. I've read two others by her and they were a little more action-packed. The culprit is surprising, yet a little predictable if you think about what happened throughout the book. Overall, a nice read!
Also recommended:
a.) "Starstruck" by Richie Tankersley Cusick
b.) "Secret Santa" by D. E. Athkins
c.) "The Train" by Diane Hoh
d.) All books by Joan Lowery Nixon
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This book was pretty good.first time I read anything from this author.kept you interested and trying to figure what characters were good and bad. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good
This book was good but not great. The main character Martha annoyed me so much. I would recommend this book if you want a quick easy read.
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Okay read. Enjoyed the storyline. A few spelling errors. High school aged readers are fine, but too much use of the word sexy. Kind of overboard. It resembles R.L. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars No surprises here
Meh. Very predictable story--very predictable ending. Not poorly written, just...predictable. Since it IS for the YA market, younger teens might find it enjoyable. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars and I still loved reading it this time
I read this when I was a teenager years ago, and I still loved reading it this time.
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This book was amazing. I finished it in a day. All the twist and turn will keep you wanted more.
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a really good read. completely did not guess the ending.
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this book was a childhood favorite of mine, yet was never able to find a copy to buy my son until now.
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