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From the author of The Lifeguard comes the exciting suspense novel about Martha. Not long after Martha moved into the Bedford house, the phone calls began: Trick or treat, Martha. You're dead. Elizabeth Bedford had been murdered one year earlier, on Halloween night, in the very same room. The murderer was never found, and now the killer is back--for Martha. From the author of The Lifeguard comes the exciting suspense novel about Martha. Not long after Martha moved into the Bedford house, the phone calls began: Trick or treat, Martha. You're dead. Elizabeth Bedford had been murdered one year earlier, on Halloween night, in the very same room. The murderer was never found, and now the killer is back--for Martha.


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From the author of The Lifeguard comes the exciting suspense novel about Martha. Not long after Martha moved into the Bedford house, the phone calls began: Trick or treat, Martha. You're dead. Elizabeth Bedford had been murdered one year earlier, on Halloween night, in the very same room. The murderer was never found, and now the killer is back--for Martha. From the author of The Lifeguard comes the exciting suspense novel about Martha. Not long after Martha moved into the Bedford house, the phone calls began: Trick or treat, Martha. You're dead. Elizabeth Bedford had been murdered one year earlier, on Halloween night, in the very same room. The murderer was never found, and now the killer is back--for Martha.

30 review for Trick or Treat (Point Horror, #6)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    I read this when I was a teenager and just reread it. I didn't remember anything about the story, but I did remember the cover well... used to love that picture of the old house! So spooky-looking! FYI, I pretty much give 5 stars to all my old favorties from back in the day, b/c I remember how much I loved them at the time. Rereading this one today, at 33 years old, it wasn't nearly as exciting or "scary" as it was when I was a teenager, but it was still a fun and good read. Happy Halloween! :D I read this when I was a teenager and just reread it. I didn't remember anything about the story, but I did remember the cover well... used to love that picture of the old house! So spooky-looking! FYI, I pretty much give 5 stars to all my old favorties from back in the day, b/c I remember how much I loved them at the time. Rereading this one today, at 33 years old, it wasn't nearly as exciting or "scary" as it was when I was a teenager, but it was still a fun and good read. Happy Halloween! :D

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    Martha's Dad has just remarried, and his new wife, Sally, has found a perfect house for them to move into. When Martha and her Dad arrive at the house, which is isolated in the woods, Martha really hates the house. It's dark and creepy with shadows in the corners, her bedroom is abnormally cold, and she feels as if she's being watched. Also living in the house is Sally's son, (Martha's stepbrother) Conor, who is a year older than sixteen-year-old Martha. After Martha makes some friends at school Martha's Dad has just remarried, and his new wife, Sally, has found a perfect house for them to move into. When Martha and her Dad arrive at the house, which is isolated in the woods, Martha really hates the house. It's dark and creepy with shadows in the corners, her bedroom is abnormally cold, and she feels as if she's being watched. Also living in the house is Sally's son, (Martha's stepbrother) Conor, who is a year older than sixteen-year-old Martha. After Martha makes some friends at school she finds out that her new home (the old Bedford house) is supposedly haunted. A young girl was murdered there a year ago on Halloween---in her bedroom! The worst part is Martha bears a resemblance to the dead girl. And she's starting to receive threatening phone calls. One night, a scarecrow is found hanging outside her bedroom window with a knife in its head. Then her Dad gets a phone call and he has to go work on an assignment in Hawaii, and goes with wife Sally, leaving Martha alone with Conor in the creepy house. This was an enjoyable read, it started and ended well, even though the middle was a bit slow. It had a dark, spooky house, a cemetery/mausoleum out back (in the woods), whispers and cries in the night, and surprisingly, a little/slight romance. There wasn't much Halloween in the book, except for the last couple chapters. This was an okay young-adult suspense story.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    Martha moves into a new house, the old Bedford house, together with her new step mother and her step brother. The house was the scene of murder and seems to be evil. Now Martha receives mysterious calls and she feels quite frightened in her new home. The murderer from back then, Dennis, is missing. Martha resembles the victim, Elizabeth. It's a youth orientated story, girls romanticizing certain boys, highschool surrounding, well and then there's Halloween just round the corner. The killer wants Martha moves into a new house, the old Bedford house, together with her new step mother and her step brother. The house was the scene of murder and seems to be evil. Now Martha receives mysterious calls and she feels quite frightened in her new home. The murderer from back then, Dennis, is missing. Martha resembles the victim, Elizabeth. It's a youth orientated story, girls romanticizing certain boys, highschool surrounding, well and then there's Halloween just round the corner. The killer wants to strike at Halloween and see Martha dead. Who is he? Overall professionally and well written, okay a bit tedious in the middle of the book, but to my taste a bit too youth orientated. It was like watching one of those teen horror movies. I'm a bit through with that genre. If you don't mind 'Trick or Treat' is certainly worth a second look as there definitely are some eerie moments and stunning twists.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ken

    This Point Horror has a great set up, but with the main protagonist Martha being really annoying. I also the second of the novel not really paying off, this seemed like a miss hit by Cusick. With her father remarrying Martha moves into the Bedford house with him. She soon learns of the houses informs history as the previous Halloween a young girl was murdered in Martha’s bedroom. I absolutely loved the location, I could get a real sense of Martha’s isolation. It was just a shame that she was reall This Point Horror has a great set up, but with the main protagonist Martha being really annoying. I also the second of the novel not really paying off, this seemed like a miss hit by Cusick. With her father remarrying Martha moves into the Bedford house with him. She soon learns of the houses informs history as the previous Halloween a young girl was murdered in Martha’s bedroom. I absolutely loved the location, I could get a real sense of Martha’s isolation. It was just a shame that she was really irritating. Not one of Cusick’s best, but it was nice to revisit this again.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nick

    This is a milestone for me. My first YA Point Horror read ever! I have a few more Point Horror’s and other YA horror books to read and I am definitely looking forward to reading them. I am in my 40’s so not really the intended audience for this story and I read the book within this context. It is YA. I am middle aged. So why read these books? Well, for a start they have fantastic covers. I find these books during my book hunting and they leap out at me. Finding old horror books is rare so I will g This is a milestone for me. My first YA Point Horror read ever! I have a few more Point Horror’s and other YA horror books to read and I am definitely looking forward to reading them. I am in my 40’s so not really the intended audience for this story and I read the book within this context. It is YA. I am middle aged. So why read these books? Well, for a start they have fantastic covers. I find these books during my book hunting and they leap out at me. Finding old horror books is rare so I will grab these off the shelf. They are people’s favourite books of their youth and opened up the world of horror to them. I am curious to read these YA books which I did not experience as a YA. After reading this book the biggest reason for doing so is this. Time Travel. When reading this book I felt like I was travelling through time to my YA youth. It took me back to my younger self. I can just imagine my YA self interacting with the characters. Martha’s dad has just remarried to Sally who has a son, Connor. He is around Martha’s age but they are not the best of friends. The new family move into a isolated house which is in the middle of the woods, has a cemetery out back and has a recent nasty incident haunting it which the local community know about. It is also a few days from Halloween. Martha receives threatening phone calls, finds a scarecrow hanging outside her bedroom and is being stalked. A creepy, spooky, haunted mystery which reminded me of the Halloween movie. Who is this Michael Myers type of killer? A great YA read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Peter Monn

    It was a fun Halloween book but not a great read. You have to go into it knowing it’s probably not going to be that great. My full review will be on my booktube channel at http://Youtube.com/peterlikesbooks It was a fun Halloween book but not a great read. You have to go into it knowing it’s probably not going to be that great. My full review will be on my booktube channel at http://Youtube.com/peterlikesbooks

  7. 4 out of 5

    Obsidian

    Wow. Not too much to say except for the most part this was enjoyable. The book drags at times and the character development beyond a few people wasn't really there, but this was a good representation of young adult horror books from the late 80s/90s. So "Trick or Treat" follows 16 year old Martha. Martha's father has recently got married and is now moving him and Martha to move in with his new wife and his stepson in the town of Bedford. Martha hates the scary old house that they move into, and w Wow. Not too much to say except for the most part this was enjoyable. The book drags at times and the character development beyond a few people wasn't really there, but this was a good representation of young adult horror books from the late 80s/90s. So "Trick or Treat" follows 16 year old Martha. Martha's father has recently got married and is now moving him and Martha to move in with his new wife and his stepson in the town of Bedford. Martha hates the scary old house that they move into, and when she finds out that almost a year ago (Halloween day to be exact) a young girl was murdered in her bedroom, she's ready to move back to Chicago. A voice keeps calling Martha and saying "Trick or Treat' and telling her she's going to die. So Martha at times I thought was bratty. I get it though. Her father got married without even telling her and moved her and him from Chicago to a small town in the middle of nowhere. The house is a mess, her stepmother can't cook, and her father then rushes off to Hawaii for an assignment and dumps the kids alone. I did laugh a few times how often it's mentioned the parents haven't called. I know this book was written in 1989, but seriously though, I can't imagine my parents taking a weeks long trip and not calling the house once. Martha is kind of hysterical though and tries to do some amateur sleuthing with her new stepbrother Conor when things keep happening in their home. Conor is kind of annoying I thought, and at times it seems as if Cusick was implying that Martha had a crush on him and vice versa. Probably because Martha keeps calling Conor her stepbrother and correcting anyone that called him her brother. Martha makes friends with the Chambers family which consists of Blake, Wynn, and Greg. Greg is a teacher at Bedford and hangs out way too much with his teen cousins, Blake and Wynn. So outside of these three people, Martha and Conor don't interact with anyone else in the town. I got a creepy vibe from Blake and from Greg too. Who hangs out with teens and tells one of them how pretty they are? The parents are barely developed beyond being selfish and we hear third hand accounts about the girl who was murdered and her ex-boyfriend who stands accused of killing her who disappeared. I thought the writing was a bit disjointed in parts and the flow needed to be a bit cleaned up. That said, this is a different type of book and I rated it based on that. Young me who read this at the age of 9 (the age this was published) would probably have been scared to death the whole time and had nightmares for weeks. The setting of Bedford was definitely creepy and hearing about the backstory of the Bedford family and the young girl who was murdered really set the mood for the book. I wish that Cusick had given us more details on Bedford. I am still puzzled if this is in the mid-west or not. I also wanted to know more about other people in the town adults, kids, etc. There was bare bones with regards to developing this past enough to keep readers engaged with Martha's story. The ending was a surprise to me though and kind of gruesome. I think it definitely echoes the types of YA horror that was coming out that time though.

  8. 5 out of 5

    ✦BookishlyRichie✦

    I wish they still made audiobooks like this! it felt like was listening to a movie. I listened to "Trick or Treat" on YouTube(link here: http://www.youtube.com/user/WrappedIn...) and I was enthralled. I have never listened to an audiobook where nearly 9 different voice actors are included and sound effects such as rain, music, bells, and birds were used. If you love YA Horror, you need to grab a pair of headphones and listen to Trick or Treat now. Richie is a wonderful writer and the actors, tho I wish they still made audiobooks like this! it felt like was listening to a movie. I listened to "Trick or Treat" on YouTube(link here: http://www.youtube.com/user/WrappedIn...) and I was enthralled. I have never listened to an audiobook where nearly 9 different voice actors are included and sound effects such as rain, music, bells, and birds were used. If you love YA Horror, you need to grab a pair of headphones and listen to Trick or Treat now. Richie is a wonderful writer and the actors, though a little cheesy, were believable and kept me wanting to carry on with the story. One thing you have to remember going to these "The Point Horror Tapes" is that they were recorded in the 90's. But I still enjoyed this one. I will be listening to more since there are about five more on that youtube page. I love 90's YA horror, I wish authors still came out with stuff like this, some do, but it's rare. I loved the suspense in this book and the ending was awesome. -R.D.

  9. 5 out of 5

    {U n s o l v e d M y s t e r y}

    In my opinion, this was not Mrs. Cusick's best novel. I did enjoy the descriptions of the weather. I'm a huge fan of meteorology. Weather descriptions (especially Fall and Winter) in books really set the mood and place me there. I'll post more later. In my opinion, this was not Mrs. Cusick's best novel. I did enjoy the descriptions of the weather. I'm a huge fan of meteorology. Weather descriptions (especially Fall and Winter) in books really set the mood and place me there. I'll post more later.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tyler J Gray

    I actually didn't see that ending coming. I actually didn't see that ending coming.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Churchill

    Was I ever this innocent? First up, let me make a disclaimer - I read and will review 'Trick or Treat' with its age in mind. Released in 1991 here in the UK (1989 US), if it were written now it probably wouldn't get published. But that's ok because the early 90s were a different time. A different world. Kevin Costner was Robin Hood, Robin Williams was Peter Pan and Chesney Hawkes was 'The One And Only'. Now that I've set the scene... This book was a lot of fun. I missed it when it was finished bec Was I ever this innocent? First up, let me make a disclaimer - I read and will review 'Trick or Treat' with its age in mind. Released in 1991 here in the UK (1989 US), if it were written now it probably wouldn't get published. But that's ok because the early 90s were a different time. A different world. Kevin Costner was Robin Hood, Robin Williams was Peter Pan and Chesney Hawkes was 'The One And Only'. Now that I've set the scene... This book was a lot of fun. I missed it when it was finished because it was so easy and light to read (even for a 'horror' book, we've come a long way with desensitising the masses), and I'm looking forward to getting back into more Point Horror titles. The story itself is straight forward and, even with just 5 characters, the actual whodunnit was mildly tricksy so it wasn't completely obvious until near the end. Our main character Martha is a TOTAL pain the arse and needed a good slap every time she opened her mouth, so thank god for the mysterious (step)brother Conor. The most pensive 17-going-on-70 guy to have ever existed. Loved him. So did Martha... a little too much. The 'almost-incesty' vibes were strong there for a minute. There were some plot holes, but I've been told there may have originally been a sequel planned that would have probably tied up a lot of those. As it stands it's a bit odd and all came to a pretty abrupt stop. I also can't wrap this up without mentioning how utterly creepy, icky and misogynistic our love interest is - and not even in an intentional way. Like I said, the early 90s were a different world. Our 'guidance councillor' come 'teacher' come 'double date attender' was pretty odd and just plain wrong as well. All of the inappropriate and cringe. No thank you, bad vibes from ALL males in this book except for Conor. I'm giving it 3 stars purely for the nostalgia and enjoyment factor. The story itself isn't great by any means, but you know what you're going into with a Point Horror and it scratches an itch all of its own. ★★★☆☆ 💬 Did you love Point Horror? Which do you remember most 💬

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mandymorgue87

    Trick or Treat was such a suspenseful read, and it’s perfect for spooky season. The story is filled with likable characters, a spooky house and small town setting, and a sense of paranoia throughout. I love Cusick’s writing style and ability to paint terrifying scenes filled with dread and tension. In addition, her characters act and speak like real teens, especially the female main character. I found myself really connecting with Martha and understanding her insecurities and motivations. The ro Trick or Treat was such a suspenseful read, and it’s perfect for spooky season. The story is filled with likable characters, a spooky house and small town setting, and a sense of paranoia throughout. I love Cusick’s writing style and ability to paint terrifying scenes filled with dread and tension. In addition, her characters act and speak like real teens, especially the female main character. I found myself really connecting with Martha and understanding her insecurities and motivations. The romance plot was cringeworthy at times, but I think that is due in large part to me being an adult woman reading about teens haha. The reveal at the end was surprisingly unsettling and disturbing. It was somewhat predictable, but it was still an enjoyable journey. This is a quick read, perfect for fans of 90s teen horror!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Here's the honest truth. My teenage self would have ravenously read this book, only to pick it up again a few weeks later and read it again. Why? Trick or Treat utilizes all of the classic (and slightly cliche) horror aspects that keep you turning pages at a manic pace. Creepy house? Check. Hot guy who takes the girl's attention? Yup! Add in a haunting back story to the house, a well situated honeymoon, and you've got yourself quite the set up for a good horror story. I ate up books like this ba Here's the honest truth. My teenage self would have ravenously read this book, only to pick it up again a few weeks later and read it again. Why? Trick or Treat utilizes all of the classic (and slightly cliche) horror aspects that keep you turning pages at a manic pace. Creepy house? Check. Hot guy who takes the girl's attention? Yup! Add in a haunting back story to the house, a well situated honeymoon, and you've got yourself quite the set up for a good horror story. I ate up books like this back then, and I still do now even if it's at a slower pace. I liked Martha for the most part. She fits the bill of a horror story protagonist perfectly. A little whiny, a little uncomfortable in her own skin, and afraid to share how she feels with others. However what impressed me most about her character was how much I really felt like I knew her. Without even realizing it, I had been introduced to Martha's character so deeply that I knew what she would do next. Cuisck pulls you in close. She lets you see everything that's happening and, if you're like me, you'll find yourself screaming "WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?" at the book pages. The setting too, is perfectly done. As I mentioned, you've got the haunted house! Martha's new hometown has that small town vibe. Everyone knows everything about everyone else. It's hard to hide a secret. Or is it? It's this setting that really helps make the story come alive. As I read I actually felt immersed in the book. It sucks you in and even if you know what's coming next, you'll keep reading. It's like waiting for something to spring from the shadows. You know it's coming, but you have to see it for yourself. Sure I figured out the plot twist about 40 pages in. Yes, I realized that this was following the road of most teen centered horror movies. Keep in mind that this book was originally written when all of that was new, fresh, and expected. Plus there's something to be said for that classic plot line. We know it, we love it. Especially when it's done well. By the time I got to the end I was reading like a mad man. Cusick knows how to take what's been done hundreds of times, and do it well enough to give you the shivers. Don't read this before bed.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cameron Chaney

    Earlier this week, Alex from Hey Little Thrifter posted a video announcing a Halloween Point Horror readalong, featuring Trick or Treat by Richie Tankersley Cusick, and Halloween Night 1 & 2 by R. L. Stine. I didn't think I'd be able to participate in the readalong since my schedule gets pretty full this time of year, but I saw that Trick or Treat was available as a full-cast audiobook on YouTube. I was able to listen to it at my job while I worked in the office. The audiobook, complete with musi Earlier this week, Alex from Hey Little Thrifter posted a video announcing a Halloween Point Horror readalong, featuring Trick or Treat by Richie Tankersley Cusick, and Halloween Night 1 & 2 by R. L. Stine. I didn't think I'd be able to participate in the readalong since my schedule gets pretty full this time of year, but I saw that Trick or Treat was available as a full-cast audiobook on YouTube. I was able to listen to it at my job while I worked in the office. The audiobook, complete with music and sound effects, was produced in the early '90s. It is a nostalgic flashback that I totally would have checked out from the library as a kid. I enjoyed the whole production very much, cheesy voice acting and all. The story itself is standard Point Horror fare, with most of the same old twists and turns, but that's the charm of this series. They are quick, trashy, cozy reads that always feel familiar and welcoming. I wish this one would have been a little more Halloweeny, but it was still a breezy, autumnal story. I especially recommend checking out the audiobook, as well as the other audiobooks in the series. All are available on YouTube, complete and free of charge.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Stay Fetters

    "The body was hanging there, so close she could have touched it. She knew he was dead from the way he was swinging, a slow, crazy dance in the cold, cold wind. There was a carving knife through his head.... And as the moonlight fell across his slashed face, he grinned up at her." These Point horror novels from the 90’s are bringing me back to life. They are so creepy and a bit disturbing. I don’t remember them being that way but glad that they are. Trick Or Treat May have spooked me enough that I "The body was hanging there, so close she could have touched it. She knew he was dead from the way he was swinging, a slow, crazy dance in the cold, cold wind. There was a carving knife through his head.... And as the moonlight fell across his slashed face, he grinned up at her." These Point horror novels from the 90’s are bringing me back to life. They are so creepy and a bit disturbing. I don’t remember them being that way but glad that they are. Trick Or Treat May have spooked me enough that I had a nightmare last night.... (Or it could have been the cold medicine I have been taking.) It’s better if I just blame the medicine!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Armand

    I can't believe that finale. I was positive that I've pegged the actual perp since around the halfway mark, but I shouldn't have been so cocksure. This book ran scarlet, not with blood but with all the red herrings the author built like an impenetrable brick wall. It straddles a fine line between being ingenious and unsporting, but in the end it's all good. Cusick can certainly create a menacing atmosphere, and the deadpan irony of her wittier characters can be hilarious. While I enjoyed this boo I can't believe that finale. I was positive that I've pegged the actual perp since around the halfway mark, but I shouldn't have been so cocksure. This book ran scarlet, not with blood but with all the red herrings the author built like an impenetrable brick wall. It straddles a fine line between being ingenious and unsporting, but in the end it's all good. Cusick can certainly create a menacing atmosphere, and the deadpan irony of her wittier characters can be hilarious. While I enjoyed this book, compared to her other works the quality seems to have flagged a little. I'm rating it 6.5/10 or 3 stars out of 5.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Georgia

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. First of my Point Horror re-read. This book is ludicrous. I loved it. However, I can't possibly give it 5 stars because my loving something doesn't necessarily mean it is good. I love Take Me Out, I'm partial to a KFC and the last song I downloaded was Will2k. Recap of the story - Martha and Conor are step siblings thrown together after their parents whirlwind romance; they've been moved out from Chicago to the town of Bedford and a ramshackled roaming house with "potential". They go to school, m First of my Point Horror re-read. This book is ludicrous. I loved it. However, I can't possibly give it 5 stars because my loving something doesn't necessarily mean it is good. I love Take Me Out, I'm partial to a KFC and the last song I downloaded was Will2k. Recap of the story - Martha and Conor are step siblings thrown together after their parents whirlwind romance; they've been moved out from Chicago to the town of Bedford and a ramshackled roaming house with "potential". They go to school, meet Blake and Wynn, Martha inevitably starts dating Blake, their parents disappear for weeks on end to Hawaii and then Martha begins to get the heebie jeebies about the house. Turns out, Elizabeth, Blake's former girlfriend and Wynn's BFF, was murdered IN HER ROOM (OMG WTF ARGH!!!). Wynn found her and apparently has amnesia about the whole thing. So... Problems. The Parents. I'm not sure it is even legal to leave your 16 year old for that length of time, especially in the care of a sibling who isn't even of age yet. Obviously, the parents needed to be gotten rid of in the story early on. But still... It was very premature and frankly hilarious. They didn't even call! They are the worst. Is it a murder story or a ghost story? Conor is drawn by an irresistible force to the mausoleum. The room is ice cold. There is fog everywhere. Then it turns out it's just a girl who is pissed off because her friend gets all the guys. Wynn... SO MANY CLUES. I've read reviews of this where adults have re-read and said they didn't guess. That's ridiculous. You're even told how she is exceptionally tall FOR A GIRL on at least three occasions to suggest the idea that she is physically capable of filling the window. She's clearly batshit. Her story doesn't fit with anyone else's version of events. And finally, she found the body and then FORGOT. It was only 11 months prior to the story, and yet no one thought to send her to a psychologist? The action parts are very fast. I feel ridiculous admitting this but I had to re-read them as I found myself going, "hang on, where are they now?" There are lots of problems with this story but I love it. I wish it was a daytime movie. I wish it had been made in the 90s and starred Charisma Carpenter.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Perfectly creepy, perfect for Halloween! Short and sweet, totally unexpected ending. I love Point Horror books from back in the 80s. Great read!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lonesome Suzie

    Lately, I’ve been nostalgic for the 1990s, the decade which I grew up in. However, it didn’t occur to me until a few weeks ago to re-read the books of my childhood. So, in addition to watching Friends and Seinfeld, and listening to The Goo Goo Dolls and Liz Phair, I plunged into my childhood’s readings. The Point Horror series was one of my favorites. I compulsively read them again and again until I discovered Stephen King. Here, in Quebec, Point Horror was called Frissons, and the names of the Lately, I’ve been nostalgic for the 1990s, the decade which I grew up in. However, it didn’t occur to me until a few weeks ago to re-read the books of my childhood. So, in addition to watching Friends and Seinfeld, and listening to The Goo Goo Dolls and Liz Phair, I plunged into my childhood’s readings. The Point Horror series was one of my favorites. I compulsively read them again and again until I discovered Stephen King. Here, in Quebec, Point Horror was called Frissons, and the names of the characters were changed to French names that sounded way too old-fashioned for teenagers. I read Beach House in August, because I thought it would be perfect since it was summer. Yet, it was a bad idea since I’ve never loved R. L. Stine. Then I tried Trick or Treat, which I loved back in the 90s. And twenty-five years later, I enjoyed almost all of it; the old Victorian house lost in the woods where a young and pretty girl had been killed - cliché, but it works. The small-town atmosphere, the old cemetery, the gloomy fall days. The Chambers cousins. Oh, and the relationship between the main character Martha and her new stepbrother Conor. A thing that bothered me, though: there were a hell of a lot of suspension points.

  20. 5 out of 5

    SAM

    Definitely remember reading this in the mid-nineties!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kirsty

    Book three of the Horrorthon 2019 Enjoyable, read like a 90s teenager horror movie. I guessed the killer early on, and I was convinced I was correct, until the end when I was wrong. It's a good solid 3 star book. Book three of the Horrorthon 2019 Enjoyable, read like a 90s teenager horror movie. I guessed the killer early on, and I was convinced I was correct, until the end when I was wrong. It's a good solid 3 star book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dustin Holden

    Wow. Martha. What a whiny and self-gaslighting protagonist. Nothing to like about her character at all IMO. However I love RTC’s writing so much that I don’t mind not caring about her - the side characters make up for it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Janie Johnson

    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 o 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. Trick or Treat....

  24. 4 out of 5

    Trisha

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is another of those books I've read millions of times (not literally millions...) and sometimes revisit even nowadays as an adult. It's definitely one of my favourites, and it has one of the hottest guy characters of all time (he definitely rivals Neale from THE LIFEGUARD. hehe). Anyone noticing an ongoing theme with my reviews of these Point books? Yeah, it's all about the man meat. But NO, that's not true. There's more to the books than just the boys! I actually think this book has one of This is another of those books I've read millions of times (not literally millions...) and sometimes revisit even nowadays as an adult. It's definitely one of my favourites, and it has one of the hottest guy characters of all time (he definitely rivals Neale from THE LIFEGUARD. hehe). Anyone noticing an ongoing theme with my reviews of these Point books? Yeah, it's all about the man meat. But NO, that's not true. There's more to the books than just the boys! I actually think this book has one of the absolute creepiest scariest "evil dudes" of the entire Point collection. Wynn is completely freaky and INSANE, and the fact that she's got this altar in the old mausoleum for the guy she loves, whose remains are still there, and who she murdered (along with her supposed best friend), wins her huge points for creepiest villain. I'm not entirely sure if Wynn was meant to have split personalities or not, 'cause she was REALLY convincing as a "good guy". I think split personalities makes the most sense. But there was no outright stating of that being the case. But back to the hot guy! Conor...oh yeah, that's what I'm talkin' about. I guess it goes to show I've got a thing for sarcastic, 'aloof', teasing types. That can't be healthy, surely?! The aloof part, at least. But Conor turns out to be not so aloof in the end. Conor is Martha's STEP-brother, so not related by blood, but still, there's no way they would've got away with a romance between those two. Still, I felt sorry for Martha, winding up with too-perfect Blake instead of Conor. :D Oh, and this book really surprised me this round 'cause in one of the bits of dialogue, Blake actually said the word "bullshit". I didn't realise any Point books got away with that back in the day. ;)

  25. 4 out of 5

    Liliana

    Reviewed on Lili Lost in a Book Martha's life changes drastically when she, her father, her father's new wife, and her new stepbrother (Connor) move to a new house in a new town. Martha barely knows her new family, she's new in town, and weird things keep happening in the new house...could it possibly be haunted? It's very probable. You see, Martha soon learns that there was a murder in that house not that long ago. Then someone starts pranking Martha, just like they did Elizabeth, the girl who Reviewed on Lili Lost in a Book Martha's life changes drastically when she, her father, her father's new wife, and her new stepbrother (Connor) move to a new house in a new town. Martha barely knows her new family, she's new in town, and weird things keep happening in the new house...could it possibly be haunted? It's very probable. You see, Martha soon learns that there was a murder in that house not that long ago. Then someone starts pranking Martha, just like they did Elizabeth, the girl who was murdered in the house. Martha must figure out who is responsible for these pranks before they kill Martha too. I love horror novels and mysteries, and I have to say, this was an awesome mystery! I kept trying to guess who was pranking Martha and who killed Elizabeth...but I was wrong every time! The person responsible for this and they're motives...I did NOT see coming! I LOVE being surprised! :D I thought the book had a great plot, and great characters. I really liked Connor...he was all mysterious and gorgeous...totally swoon-worthy! Yeah, I know he's Martha's stepbrother, but that doesn't mean that I can't swoon over him ;) Anyway, I love these kinds of books: thrilling, mysterious, and suspenseful...remind me of the good old days when I read the Fear Street books by R.L. Stine...good times. Actually, I think Mr. Stine wrote some books for this Point Horror series! This novel was very short, yet very entertaining! I'd definitely recommend to anyone who loves a good mystery and thriller!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Abbie

    I didn't find this creepy or interesting at all, so the story dragged for me unfortunately. Overall, Not an enjoyable read for me. I didn't find this creepy or interesting at all, so the story dragged for me unfortunately. Overall, Not an enjoyable read for me.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    The first stop on my nostalgia-fueled trip through the cheesy YA "horror" I loved as a middle-schooler (not to mention a brazenly shameless attempt to stay on track for this year's Reading Challenge), Trick or Treat is, I believe, the second effort from one of my favorite Point authors. I'd have preferred to start this retro reading adventure with Cusick's The Lifeguard, which I recall regarding as the peak of Point those thirty+ years ago, but this one fell back into my possession first, and I The first stop on my nostalgia-fueled trip through the cheesy YA "horror" I loved as a middle-schooler (not to mention a brazenly shameless attempt to stay on track for this year's Reading Challenge), Trick or Treat is, I believe, the second effort from one of my favorite Point authors. I'd have preferred to start this retro reading adventure with Cusick's The Lifeguard, which I recall regarding as the peak of Point those thirty+ years ago, but this one fell back into my possession first, and I needed a quick read to finish out August, so here we are. I'm sure I loved this one as a pre-teen, so it definitely works for the target audience; but as a more cynical adult I was disappointed that despite its title and the climactic setting on the day itself, Halloween seems to be an afterthought, and Cusick never fully capitalizes on the rich, spooky potential of the horror-ready holiday. Also, the lead character Martha is completely devoid of any personality other than "constantly annoyed and/or scared of everything"; I'm curious to see if all the protagonists of these 80s/90s teen thrillers were so poorly developed. (It certainly didn't bother me at the time.) But these books ultimately lived or died by their final acts/big reveals, and this delivers a good one, making the reader guess and second- (and third-... etc.) guess whodunit before all the low-stake scares build to a grand, PG-13-intense finale. For about 3-4 years, I devoured books like this, before I graduated to the likes of Stephen King; I look forward to (re)reading more of these as a playful reminder of what my young, dorky self thought was the pinnacle of suspense. Fingers crossed that the ones I loved the most don't disappoint. Next stop: Remember Me by the prolific (and if I recall correctly, massively inconsistent) Christopher Pike.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Austin Smith

    Where is the Halloween atmosphere? Where is the spookiness? WHERE is the trick-or-treating? Alas, the only relevance the title has to this book is the phrase, 'Trick or Treat' the killer uses a couple of times. This book started out as a rather standard (even a bit poorly done) haunted house story, as our protagonist moves into a large, old, somewhat dilapidated house with her new stepbrother. Conveniently, their parents go to Hawaii on a "trip", so as to leave them alone in the new house, wherein Where is the Halloween atmosphere? Where is the spookiness? WHERE is the trick-or-treating? Alas, the only relevance the title has to this book is the phrase, 'Trick or Treat' the killer uses a couple of times. This book started out as a rather standard (even a bit poorly done) haunted house story, as our protagonist moves into a large, old, somewhat dilapidated house with her new stepbrother. Conveniently, their parents go to Hawaii on a "trip", so as to leave them alone in the new house, wherein our main character, Martha, starts experiencing strange phenomena such as mysterious phone calls and shadowy figures hiding in her closet. Wow. Very original and quite frightening. (Not.) Throughout the book, the haunted house aspect is kind of dropped as Martha learns a murder-suicide (supposed) took place in her house only a year or so ago. She then assumes the threatening phone calls and mysterious, lurking stranger is perhaps the killer himself, as his body was never found and was assumed to be dead. Thus, the story turns into kind of a murder-mystery as she and her new friends at school (as well as her stepbrother) try to figure out what's going on and if the killer might possibly be after HER. I was pretty bored with this book. The entire middle was very muddled and meandering. A lot of attention goes into character relationships, who's interested in who, if she has a shot of going out with him, yadda yadda yadda. The characters weren't the least bit interesting to begin with. This was also my first book by Cusick, and I'm not exactly a fan of the writing style. It's not bad, but just a bit... confusing at times and jumps around quickly from scene to scene with slightly jarring transitions. I also encountered some very poor word choices that threw me for a bit of a loop. Nothing too terrible but just a bit distracting. Once the story picks up within the last 20 or so pages of this 200 page YA thriller, I didn't really care too much what happened and what DID happen was quite unconvincing; the reveal of the killer and their motives, most notably. (Followed by a stereotypical confession, nonetheless.) All in all, I was a bit disappointed with my first Richie Cusick outing, and it's not a book I would recommend. However, I've read far worse books this year which is why I'm settling on a 2-Star rating.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    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 th 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? TRICK OR TREAT is one of those old school YA horror books that actually has some genuine creepiness to it. Chances are you won't want to read it in the dark. Or during a thunder storm. Or around Halloween. Because who knows what you'll see when the lightening flashes on that old, dying oak in your front yard? Or equally creepy lawn element? TRICK OR TREAT is a good piece of nostalgia that transcends the current YA market and injects some honest to god horror back into the YA world. I love it. I need more.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Christine (KizzieReads)

    This was pretty good. I had fun trying to figure out what was going on and I did have several theories. One of them was right, but I didn't figure it out until the reveal, which was a nice change for me. I hate figuring it out too early. It takes some of the fun out if it. This was pretty good. I had fun trying to figure out what was going on and I did have several theories. One of them was right, but I didn't figure it out until the reveal, which was a nice change for me. I hate figuring it out too early. It takes some of the fun out if it.

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