The Devil WalksBook - 2011
'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 Severn, 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 by award-winning author Anne Fine.
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The Devil Walks is the story of Daniel, who has been hidden away from the world for most of his life by his reclusive, disturbed mother. However, this changes one day when a stranger takes Daniel from his home. This stranger, Doctor Marlow, takes Daniel into his home, where he is embraced by his family. Meanwhile, shocked by her son's kidnap, Daniel's mother is taken to an asylum where she hangs herself. The house where Daniel spent his life is sold, along with everything his mother owned to pay her debts. Daniel's only inheritance is the one possession that Daniel takes with him from the house; his mother's dolls house that is modeled on the house she grew up in, called High Gates. In the dolls house are a family of dolls, including a stick-thin woman who looks remarkably like his mother. During one of his games with Dr Marlow's daughter, Sophie, they discover another doll, hidden in the house. This doll is two-in-one, at one end a mischievous looking boy, and the other end a man with 'green eyes that gazed out with a more piercing look and the thin smile had curdled into something sourer.' The more time they spend with this doll, the more it's wickedness creeps into their lives. Just when Daniel is settled into his new life, Dr Marlow tells him he is being sent to live with his only surviving relative, his Uncle Severn at High Gates, the house that was the model for his dolls house. Daniel is not sure what to make of his uncle - one moment he's cheerful and the next he is pounding his fists on the table in anger. As Daniel explores the house and the grounds, he discovers the terrible truth about his family and the sinister dolls house that his uncle will do anything to get his hands on.
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