The Devil Walks, Paperback
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


'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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Horror & ghost
  • ISBN: 9780552564359



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This is a scary book with the creepiest doll's house I've encountered. It's set in Victorian times and Daniel is kept in a sick room, confined to bed by his Mother and that is all he's ever known. One day he is rescued by a local doctor and his mother is taken away to hospital. It soon turns out that Daniel isn't sick at all but he has nothing but loving memories of his mother and so he is perplexed by what her motives could have been in hiding him away. All goes well, however, as Daniel is then taken in by the doctor's lovely family. The only thing he takes with him to his new life is a doll's house and soon an undercurrent of menace enters his games with Sophie the daughter of the house.Daniel's life is turned upside down again when he mentions he has an uncle and he is sent away to stay with him in a creepy old house. From then on Daniel is at the mercy of his strange uncle and the devil that walks at High Gates House.This is a real page turner but it would have frightened me to death if I'd read it when I was twelve so maybe it's for slightly older and braver children. Also, there's something quite dreary about all the settings and characters and so I don't know if I really enjoyed reading it.

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