The Devil Walks
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The Devil Walks

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'The devil walks . . . But the devil can make no headway if he has no help. We must invite him in . . .' Raised in secrecy by a mother everyone thinks has gone mad, Daniel's only link to his past is the intricately built model of the family home - High Gates. The dolls' house is perfect in every detail. As Daniel is reunited with the last remaining member of his family - his 'uncle' Severin, who bears an uncanny resemblance to a sinister wooden doll he has found hidden in the house, he begins to suspect that this vicious, haunted puppet of a figure has a chilling influence, bringing cruelty and spite in its wake. Now Daniel's very life is at risk as his uncle is determined to get his hands on the figure . . . The menace builds throughout in this deliciously creepy Gothic tale.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 20mm | 222.26g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552564354
  • 9780552564359
  • 488,917

Review quote

"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 *show more

About Anne Fine

Anne Fine has been an acknowledged top author in the children's book world since her first book was published in the mid 1970s, and has now written more than forty books and won virtually every major award going, including the Carnegie Medal (more than once), the Whitbread Children's Award, the Guardian Children's Fiction Award, the Smarties Prize and others. Anne was appointed the Children's Laureate from 2001-2003. She lives in the North-East.show more

Back cover copy

Since the day he was born, Daniel has been hidden away from the outside world. Told that he suffers from a mysterious illness, only a forceful knock at the door reveals just how many secrets his silent and reclusive mother has kept from him - and how many lies she has told. Yet Daniel cannot understand what she has tried to protect him from so desperately. Torn from the only home he has ever known, Daniel begins to piece together the chilling truth - a dark legacy of vicious cruelty and fiendish spite that has held his family in its grip for years. 'A superb and subtle writer' Mal Peet, Guardian 'A pitch-perfect Gothic thriller' Sunday Telegraphshow more

Review Text

"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"show more

Rating details

265 ratings
3.53 out of 5 stars
5 17% (44)
4 35% (93)
3 35% (94)
2 11% (28)
1 2% (6)
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