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Trick or Treat by [Cusick, Richie T]
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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: 2039 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Teen & Tween (October 4, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 4, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005PWAZ44
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Format: Paperback
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"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, Martha...you'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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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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This was a great choice for a Halloween read! It had mystery, creepiness, and horror all wrapped up into a great treat! (pun intended). I love this authors style of writing. She gets me every time I pick up one of her books. She gets you to believe one way and then something totally different comes about. I get sucked in so fast that it is hard to turn away from the book, and it is hard to enter this realm of creepiness at the same time.

She brings her readers slowly and steadily to the climax of the story. Leading us a long winding path into horror. I love it most because you can feel your heart starting to thud hard in your chest, your breathing coming faster, you become apprehensive as you feel the impending doom unfolding before your eyes. You want to yell at the characters and telling them "Be careful..." When you experience these things you know you are reading a great tale of terror.

The characters are great in this story. At first I was pretty unsure of some of the characters. I was sure I had the story nailed only to find out I was wrong on just about every count. And the Author kept the story moving for me beautifully. Martha, our main character was pretty much my favorite and was a pretty good character. She could get a bit whiny some times, but now that I think about it, she really had reason to be. I don't want to say too much about them and ruin anything so I will stop there. MUHAHAHA....

I won't say anything else other than I am glad I chose this to start off the "Spook Season". it was a great choice. If you want that somewhat creeped out, looking over your shoulder feeling, then this is a great book to get that with. She knows how to make her readers expect the worse that can happen, does it happen? The worse that is? Maybe you should read it and find out.
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