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  • 311 pages
  • The Crying Child
  • Barbara Michaels
  • English
  • 05 July 2019
  • 0060828609

10 thoughts on “The Crying Child

  1. Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* says:

    Come on, just the title alone is worth a second glance, right As usual Michaels indulges in cozy storytelling with a different twist on her characters Here the heroine of the story is suffering from desiring forbidden fruit, so to speak, but is highly moral and won t follow Eve s path Between her urge for independence and witty humor and thankfully less of a bitchy nature than many other Michaels characters she s another likable act to follow The sister Mary is an intriguing one, not a us Come on, just the title alone is worth a second glance, right As usual Michaels indulges in cozy storytelling with a different twist on her characters Here the heroine of the story is suffering from desiring forbidden fruit, so to speak, but is highly moral and won t follow Eve s path Between her urge for independence and witty humor and thankfully less of a bitchy nature than many other Michaels characters she s another likable act to follow The sister Mary is an intriguing one, not a usual for Michaels, a little reminiscent of an early, watered down V.C Andrews character She s frail and fragile, being protected from all sides, yet with a cunning glint in her eye when it suits her Her husband was just in between, a character to feel for but no one who overly stands out Overall, as always, the blend is a gripping one that only serves the stories purpose.Plot wise, it s another good one You never know with her books whether there really is something supernatural, or whether it s something that ends up being disproven I won t spoil that part for you, but will say the emphasis the supernatural is handled a little less than usual It s the main theme of the story, but doesn t involve the same sort of endless debates, research, and multiple signs and symptoms other novels share While not as detailed, it s still as mystifying, and I in no way could imagine the ending In fact, the revelation was a smidge creepy, which is also abnormal for Michaels.Pace wise, it s lightning as she hops on the plane in chapter one and conjures up important facts in her mind, then plunges right into the heart of the matter A reader and fan of mysteries won t grow bored The trademark love story is of course present as always, without much steam or surprise Suspense is high when it s meant to be in scarce parts, and Michaels typical language use is appealing.On the downside, while the story didn t drag its feet and remained interesting, I didn t stay 100% glued in all parts More action would have spruced up a few scenes This is one of Michael s earlier works and it wouldn t have hurt to flesh out a few characters , particularly the good old doctor His enthusiasm for his patients seemed a little overdone and stereotypical as well It was never explained about his avid treatment of the psychiatrist, but the end result leaves the reader assuming it was all in the heroines head From reading the story, to me it wasn t, and them having a sort of conversation about it would have been preferred Overall a sweet ending after the chilling part, of course If you re in the mood for a delightful little mystery with a tinge of morbidity, The Crying Child s your midnight companion


  2. C. C. says:

    Oh, a rare mystery for adults solving the reason for a haunting Penned in a modern feeling 1971, The Crying Child is compelling immediately Jo quickly observes that what seems like her sister, Mary, breaking down is something else I loved there being nono one will believe menonsense There are vigorous, intelligent debates about why the disturbers could be ghosts I savour Barbara s composition wholly natural characters thinking as we would not always so in fiction Personalities st Oh, a rare mystery for adults solving the reason for a haunting Penned in a modern feeling 1971, The Crying Child is compelling immediately Jo quickly observes that what seems like her sister, Mary, breaking down is something else I loved there being nono one will believe menonsense There are vigorous, intelligent debates about why the disturbers could be ghosts I savour Barbara s composition wholly natural characters thinking as we would not always so in fiction Personalities strike approving chords, calling it as we would see it Wit and dialogue capture real life, without adverbs or any descriptions in superfluity What Barbara does describe, like Jo s refusal of a s ance you never heard anything so astute and yet worded like no one has ever thought to arrange words beforeI m not afraid of a fake medium, or a s ance that flops I m afraid of one that might succeed Ran looked disturbed but I knew he couldn t possibly be as revolted by the idea as I was He hadn t seen the thing that would come in answer to such a summoning.The only bump is awareness at the end, that one or two ideas aren t followed up The cast suggests that Mary might have spoken with an apparition but don t try to interview either of them The crying seems to be pointless, along with occult symbols and possible involvement These might be guesses that fell away but the summary could have tightened all the threadsthoroughly Lastly, an informative keepsake inside the vast house would be exciting enough Detouring it to an antique store stretched luck Mild observations about pages I flew through five stars If all novels were so engrossing to me, if I read only my favourite kind I would whoosh through the annual number my contemporaries do


  3. Michael Michael says:

    This is typical Barbara Michaels cozy gothic fare There s a beautiful old mansion, some mildly spooky occurrences with a mystery to unravel , and a side story romance which in most cases is very sparsely sketched If you like her other gothic novels, you ll probably like this, too It seems about on par with the several others I ve already read.I found it rather blandly enjoyable, but there were also some of the same irritations I almost always find in this author s works The overtly This is typical Barbara Michaels cozy gothic fare There s a beautiful old mansion, some mildly spooky occurrences with a mystery to unravel , and a side story romance which in most cases is very sparsely sketched If you like her other gothic novels, you ll probably like this, too It seems about on par with the several others I ve already read.I found it rather blandly enjoyable, but there were also some of the same irritations I almost always find in this author s works The overtly old school feminist angle gets old, for instance More on the annoyances below, in the spoiler section So It was okay Neither bad nor great I ll probably keep reading these books, every so often, because some of them are better than others and maybe my mood and other factors come into play, too If you want something toor less pleasantly pass a little time without requiring much concentration or emotional investment, this will do Specifics with SPOILERS At least in this book there wasn t a heavy reliance on the word chauvinist , but there were still things like this view spoiler I just stood there and thought of that poor woman only a girl, really, when she got involved with Hezekiah Yet she wasn t so much his victim as she was a victim of the times, times which condemned women to a single role in society and damned them for eternity if they accepted the role without the magic scrap of paper which legitimized it If there could be such a thing as a psychotic ghost, she was it caught in the vicious trap of the guilt her culture had brainwashed her into accepting hide spoiler Not to say that there s no truth to any of that, but it s so heavy handed I came here looking for an escape, not a lecture on the bad old days These books so often have such an odd attitude toward religion It annoys me when the same character who has witnessed and acknowledged and accepted paranormal phenomena still acts like Christianity or any religion, probably is suspect and not to be taken too seriously Um, so ghosts spiritual manifestations are completely real, but the Bible just isn t plausible Okay, then Silly of me to have expected a littleopen mindedness from characters who ve just gone through a series of events that challenged so many other preconceived notions One of the two openly religious characters says things like this I m not saying our kind of faith was a purely good thing It can be awfully narrow and cruel eyeroll No obnoxious stereotyping here, no siree I don t know what you think about the soul, or survival after death, or anything like that the important thing is what Mary believes I know how she feels because I have the same weaknesses Weaknesses Is she saying it s a weakness to believe in any sort of afterlife Why is that weak , exactly Seems like an odd choice of words, no matter what you believe view spoiler Somebody started praying It was me The prayer was a hodgepodge, bits of the Our Father and Hail Mary and miscellaneous lines from the ritual I m not claiming that the words themselves had any particular value Maybe the multiplication table would have been just as effective anything mechanical, learned by rote, to focus the mind and wrench it back to independent thought Keep in mind, this takes place during the dramatic climax of the novel, when the characters come face to face with not one, but two ghostly presences and yet our heroine still has to carefully question the possibility that her instinctive reaching back to her religious upbringing was really anyhelpful than reciting something from math class would have been Well, alright, if you say so, lady but why the insistence on questioning or undercutting religious belief every time it comes up in the story hide spoiler view spoiler Take the Book with you, Mrs Willard said calmly I had an insane desire to laugh What good is that going to do I demanded I m not saying that I think a Bible is likely to protect anyone from ghosts which I don t believe in, anyway, but that s another issue but that was kind of rude, wasn t it And honestly, how in the world wouldJo know if the Bible is any protection or not hide spoiler Ugh Just shut up, Jo This was strange view spoiler She was thoroughly doped her face had an almost oriental tranquility, but she was thinking rationally What I assume we re meant to think of statues of Buddha, but an almost oriental tranquility still seems a weird turn of phrase There have been no manifestations since that night Opinions differ as to what did the trick I am convinced that my courage and sensitivity in communicating with Miss Smith gave her the strength to blah blah blah Ha ha ha Such modesty The closest they come to a consensus is Jed s belief that in order to dismiss the wandering spirits, all we had to do was find out the truth Very convenient But why did these spirits care so much that a mere handful of people finally learn the truth Because, honestly, people already did know the truth, back when the original events took place Maybe not many people knew back then, but it s not like the story has been spread far and wide at the end of the book, either Talk about a facile explanation hide spoiler Maybe the most obvious sign that this is an older book is all the cigarettes


  4. Everydayreader1 Everydayreader1 says:

    Joanne McMullen gives up her job and life on the west coast to spend the summer with her sister and brother in law on a remote island off the coast of Maine Her sister, Mary, has had a miscarriage, and Mary s mental state is concerning to Jo Soon, however, there is muchto worry about Something is amiss in the house, and family history and a family mystery, from many generations past, must be sorted out before lives no longer hang in the balance.I so enjoyed this book In many respects,Joanne McMullen gives up her job and life on the west coast to spend the summer with her sister and brother in law on a remote island off the coast of Maine Her sister, Mary, has had a miscarriage, and Mary s mental state is concerning to Jo Soon, however, there is muchto worry about Something is amiss in the house, and family history and a family mystery, from many generations past, must be sorted out before lives no longer hang in the balance.I so enjoyed this book In many respects, the writing style is similar to that of Phyllis A Whitney, so I felt right at home reading this book But I enjoyed this book in its own right as well Definitely an author I plan to add to my reading circle.


  5. Book Book says:

    When one is reading Ms Barbara Michaels s work, one cannot deny her ability of perception as to from which angle she views a scene and her craft of mingling her thoughts with the gravity of words The moment when I came across this book, I was hardly aware who Miss Michaels was Having picked it from a second sale lot, I loved the yellow texture of the pages and the sweet pungent smell radiated by the age of the copy which I found to be 22 years old Now it is the kind of a book which might se When one is reading Ms Barbara Michaels s work, one cannot deny her ability of perception as to from which angle she views a scene and her craft of mingling her thoughts with the gravity of words The moment when I came across this book, I was hardly aware who Miss Michaels was Having picked it from a second sale lot, I loved the yellow texture of the pages and the sweet pungent smell radiated by the age of the copy which I found to be 22 years old Now it is the kind of a book which might seem tedious if you do not pay much attention to the writing style and which occurs when one is merely habitual of picking up the plot as they read on and not interested in the play of characters and scenes But if you are one of those readers who vigilantly swim across each line of every page, this one is a treat.When Joe receives an imploring call from her millionaire brother in law Ran Fraser whom she always considered undeniably handsome asking her to come and stay with him and Mary Joe s sister in his lavish property located on a secluded island where the couple had headed for the summer, Joe couldn t deny the offer even though she was far from feeling enthusiastic about taking a vacation she had just started on her road to an independent life Her elder sister Mary Fraser having suffered a miscarriage recently has fallen into the arms of grief and a possible mental breakdown Ran feeling helpless towards his wife s condition looks out for Joe s help knowing that she is the only person who can penetrate the walls of Mary s solitude and help her recuperate When Joe joins them, does she finally realize how severe the state of her sister is A woman who had been not only a sister but a mother and a friend to Joe her whole life, has now turned into a lost creature engulfed by her unfortunate circumstances Mary whose behavior could not be stated as undeniably crazy but clearly resigned Randomly mumbling words in private conversations, unexpected alterations in Mary s mannerisms and uncalled blows of lethargy are other noticeable symptoms During a conversation with Joe, Mary claims to have heard voices of a crying child reaching her from somewhere inside of the woods and which in her opinion are the cries of the spirit of her unborn child A development, which to everyone around at first, seems to be the effect of her grief is proved legit when one night Joe also hears the cry that sounds innocent but ghastly alluring.Again what I have revealed so far is available in the synopsis The book carries manyelements to keep you connected As the book progresses, manycharacters pour in, days pass by and the situation only deepens bringing every person at the disposal of the house come into the play of understanding the mystery of the Fraser house and deciphering it The book is mainly about unveiling the shadow that is hovering over the Frasers Interesting characters, mocking tone of the narrator Joe is entertaining Ingenious scenes and conversations embedded in various backdrops help readers to visualize the geography of the house and surroundings and also in building the Gothic character of the tale I wouldn t say it s a typical horror book that freaks out your mind, but it has an intense if not very dark and engrossing personality to it Worth your time


  6. Sandy Schleich Sandy Schleich says:

    I thought this book was a very good mystery ghost story The author did a very good job at setting the scenes for the ghost mystery Even though you had an idea that certain things were going to happen, when they did happen it s still managed to scare me Ghost stories don t scare me easily but this book did give me a little bit of a fright I would definitely read other mysteries by this author.


  7. Liz Liz says:

    Elizabeth Peters who writes under the name of Barbara Michaels is a master at writing suspenseful gothic novels, which are even better when there s a ghostly source This novel is not an exception.Originally published in 1971, the worldviews and conversations are a bit antiquated, though I m sure at the time they were very hip and modern A woman who can change a tire How shocking Joanne receives a call from her rich brother in law Ran that her sister Mary who has recently suffered her third mi Elizabeth Peters who writes under the name of Barbara Michaels is a master at writing suspenseful gothic novels, which are even better when there s a ghostly source This novel is not an exception.Originally published in 1971, the worldviews and conversations are a bit antiquated, though I m sure at the time they were very hip and modern A woman who can change a tire How shocking Joanne receives a call from her rich brother in law Ran that her sister Mary who has recently suffered her third miscarriage is having problems He s moved his grief stricken wife to one of his family s old homes on a tiny island off the coast of Maine.The home is slightly isolated, built near cliffs, and has a lovely attic full of family papers Just perfect for a spooky gothic mystery.A spooky it is when Mary tells Joanne she s been hearing a child crying and his name is Kevin Add to that a mysterious cloaked figure who wanders near a family graveyard and Mary s increasingly eratic behaviour, Joanne and Will, the island doctor have their hands full as they try to determine if Mary is insane, or if ghosts can be real.For all my sarcasm, I really did enjoy this book Michaels descriptions aren t overblown, but I easily imagine myself wandering through a dense fog and coming across the graveyard In the past couple of years her books have been re issued with new covers, hopefully her works will attract attention from a newer generation


  8. Kristina Kristina says:

    Some of her books hold up over the years, some don t The mystery creepiness in this one is still good, but it is dated by its references musical groups such as the Who and The Beatles they are far out outdated lingo and women don t wear jeans and everyone smokes.


  9. Laura Black Laura Black says:

    Jo McMullen visits her sister on an island off the coast of Maine after she miscarries a child Ran, her brother in law, wants Jo to help her sister avoid a nervous breakdown But Mary, her sister, hears a crying child Then Jo and everyone else begins to hear it What exactly is going on That is exactly what Jo would like to find out Ran has other ideas, such as inviting a psychologist named Anne out to secretly examine Mary and see if it s mental illness This novel was one of Michaels bett Jo McMullen visits her sister on an island off the coast of Maine after she miscarries a child Ran, her brother in law, wants Jo to help her sister avoid a nervous breakdown But Mary, her sister, hears a crying child Then Jo and everyone else begins to hear it What exactly is going on That is exactly what Jo would like to find out Ran has other ideas, such as inviting a psychologist named Anne out to secretly examine Mary and see if it s mental illness This novel was one of Michaels better books Jo is a great narrator and a true rarity, there was sexual tension between Ran and Jo And then there s Jo s attraction to her sister s doctor All the way up to the odd climatic end there s a weird cooperation between these characters Be sure to read this one because it only took me a matter of six hours to read it It s quick and enthralling


  10. Donna Donna says:

    I enjoyed this story but felt it was a bit slow moving I loved the idea of the storythan anything I love stories that involve something that happened in the past I love when they go back to look at what happened in the past to dig out secrets by look into genealogy or long forgotten items that have been stored away This book wasn t very long but it sure seemed to take longer to get to the next stage of the story I kept putting it down but I ve read bigger books in shorter times the s I enjoyed this story but felt it was a bit slow moving I loved the idea of the storythan anything I love stories that involve something that happened in the past I love when they go back to look at what happened in the past to dig out secrets by look into genealogy or long forgotten items that have been stored away This book wasn t very long but it sure seemed to take longer to get to the next stage of the story I kept putting it down but I ve read bigger books in shorter times the story just kept losing my interest I enjoyed the ending as it wasn t what I expected and not something I ve read before in another book


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The Crying ChildJoanne McMullen s fears for her sister s sanity have brought her to remote King s Island, Maine Mary s grief over the loss of her child is threatening to send her over the edge and her insistence that she has heard an eerie, childlike wailing in the woods fuels Joanne s anxiety And now Mary s taken to disappearing at midnight in search of the source of the heartrending moans But it s not just her sister s encroaching madness that is chilling Joanne s blood it s her own Because suddenly, impossibly, she also hears the crying child


About the Author: Barbara Michaels

Barbara Michaels was a pen name of Barbara Mertz She also wrote as Elizabeth Peters, as well as under her own name She was born in Canton, Illinois and has written over fifty books including some in Egyptology Dr Mertz also holds a Ph.D from the University of Chicago in Egyptology.