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A child cries out . . . in torment--in terror. From out of the past, from outof the mists, a terrible vengeance is born....

Title : Comes the Blind Fury
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ISBN : 9780440114758
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 384 Pages
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Comes the Blind Fury Reviews

  • Sandra
    2019-02-16 01:40

    The Pendleton family arrive at their new home in Paradise Point (a village a couple of hours northeast of Boston). Dr. Calvin Pendleton has switched jobs, from working at a hospital in Boston, to a small clinic in Paradise Point. After treating a small boy in Boston who had an accident and died (he fell from a roof) Cal now feels guilty over the boy's death and is questioning his abilities/judgment. Another doctor that originally worked on the boy, who happened to be from Paradise Point, suggested that Cal move there and take up practice in the small village. He even sold his house to Cal. So Cal moves from Boston to Paradise Point with his family---his pregnant wife June, and their twelve-year-old adopted daughter Michelle.One day, while unpacking, Michelle finds an old-fashioned antique doll in her closet and she names it Amanda. She later finds out from her friends at school that there's rumors of a ghost that roams the cliffs of Paradise Point---the ghost of a twelve-year-old blind girl that fell off the cliff to her death after being taunted by her classmates over a hundred years ago, and her name was Amanda. Michelle and her friends find it odd that she happened to name the doll Amanda. And Michelle is also starting to have dreams, and visions, of a small girl, dressed in black, wearing old-fashioned clothes, calling to her. One day, while at a picnic with some friends at the cove, Michelle gets picked on and taunted/teased for being adopted. Her mother recently gave birth to a new daughter, Jenny, and a cruel classmate suggests her parents won't love her anymore. Hurt, Michelle runs away, and has an accident. She now has trouble walking and is alone alot. She is being picked on by the kids at school. She wants a friend, someone who loves her. Amanda seems to be calling to her. Amanda will be her friend...I don't want to give too much more away, but I really enjoyed this book. It was an absorbing, eerie, and sometimes sad read. I liked Michelle, she was a really sweet and likable young girl. She went from being outgoing and friendly to anti-social and alone. Some of the secondary characters I liked, some were annoying. I really hated Michelle’s mean classmate Susan! And although I liked Michelle’s father Cal at the beginning of the book, as the story progressed he turned into a real jerk/wimp. I did like the people who were noticing the changes in Michelle and tried to help her, like her teacher Corinne Hatcher and her mother, June. Michelle’s friend Sally was likable too. This story had good atmosphere---the cemetery, the cliffs, the sea, the fog, the ghost Amanda (Amanda always appeared with the fog swirling around her). This was my first read by John Saul and I look forward to reading more books by this author in the future.

  • Matthew
    2019-01-20 23:05

    3.5 StarsNot bad for a simple thriller - easy to read and creepy in several places.I started reading Saul from the beginning of his career and in these early books he definitely has a formula - in a couple of months I am pretty sure I will not remember if something happened in this book or the others I have read. But, i do enjoy these and will probably read more.

  • Kasia
    2019-01-27 06:04

    I have read a few John Saul’s in the past but this one was a bit different, it went deeper into the psyche of the characters he created making their grief and pain so much more realistic. The atmosphere surrounding this scary and thrilling novel was quite good, in fact it was one of the most realistic parts and I felt the salty breeze, saw the sandy dunes and the sea grass sprouting near the Pendleton house right over the cliffs near the cemetery in the quaint town of Paradise Point. It seemed to be the perfect spot for a growing family from Boston, the Pendletons with a new baby on the way and their young daughter Michelle found it charming but not for long. Taking over the town clinic wasn’t as easy as Cal Pendleton thought, he was still scared from losing his young patient who happened to fall of the roof of his new house when strange things have started happening to his adopted daughter Michelle. Tragedy starts to follow all the family members when a force that seems to be from beyond the grave takes over their lives and starts to ruin whatever future they were hoping to build for themselves.Anger, pain and plenty of kid bullying were in my face and really tugged at my heart when I read it, overall it was a fast and interesting read with an edge of dark sadness and a bit of a small town mystery that made it shine. The character buildup and the slow dread coming into play made for a really enticing read, I kept worrying about my favorites the whole time while some nasty and creepy “accidents” kept plaguing the story that lead to a dramatic and intense finish. Looking back at Michelle it made me realize that if someone is different and appears weak, they can grow up to be what the society labels them instead of who they really are, there is a tale of things going wrong when social pressures and games push a young delicate soul over the edge.

  • Horace Derwent
    2019-02-06 05:56

  • Rebecca McNutt
    2019-02-18 23:41

    Rather generic, but chilling and haunting enough to be memorable. John Saul's novel is filled with cliffhangers, complex characters and eerie false innocence that'll leave you ever-wondering.

  • Kate
    2019-01-29 04:40

    John Saul's early novels are characterized by archaic, Biblical-sounding titles with pictures of people with weird blank eyes. When I searched for John Saul, the first FIRST book on the list is by Dean Koontz. Ah, John Saul, did you want to be Dean Koontz as well as Stephen King? Well, I suppose since you would never be Stephen King, and Dean Koontz for a while was a second-rate Stephen King, then we are left with John Saul, who is the bargain-basement Stephen King.

  • Melanie
    2019-02-02 06:38

    This was my first John Saul and had it not been for this one I probably wouldn't have tried for years to get my hands on every John Saul book that was ever written. It was the first of many to be read. Loved it; cover to cover Exceptional Writer. Highly recommend this.

  • Jessica
    2019-01-27 04:51

    This books stressed me out in the best possible way. Vivid but heartbreaking characters and great suspense. I all at once needed to know how it ended and dreaded reading the next page.

  • Rhonda A.
    2019-02-18 06:45

    This was the first John Saul book that I read and I was completely hooked on his books from day one. They are well written, interesting, and easy to read. This is the only author that I own every single book he has written and when a new one comes out I buy it without even looking to see what it is about. He is THAT good!

  • Tom
    2019-01-21 06:52

    Twelve-year-old Michelle isn't sure what to expect when her family moves from Boston to the tiny seaside village of Paradise Point. She knows her father, Dr. Cal Pendleton, is reeling from a mistake he made, a mistake which caused a young boy to die during surgery. Michelle's mother, June, is very pregnant, and can't wait to resume her career as an artist.After the mishap in Boston, Cal meets Dr. Josiah Carson, the elderly doctor who accompanied the doomed boy from Paradise Point to Boston. Dr. Carson seems a kindly enough old gent, and Cal doesn't think too long before accepting the offer "Dr Joe" proposes: Cal will buy out Dr Carson's practice, as well as the huge Victorian house that has been in his family for generations, and move from Boston to the idyllic small town.The house is perfect. There's a small outbuilding June can use for her painting, and Michelle falls in love with a small, upstairs corner bedroom with lots of windows. As she's unpacking, Michelle finds a hidden treasure. In the back of her closet, there's an antique doll. She falls in love with the doll, whom she promptly names Amanda. As it turns out, there was an Amanda who lived in Paradise Point long ago, a twelve-year-old blind girl who was mocked by her classmates, until she plunged to her death from a seaside cliff. This same Amanda is rumored to roam Paradise Point to this day, a shadowy form dressed all in black. On a picnic with some new school friends, Michelle suffers a fall from a path up the bluff, leaving her mostly lame in her left leg. Most of her new classmates mock her when she comes back to school. She soon makes a new friend named Amanda, a blind girl dressed all in black, who always appears in a thick cloud of fog. Amanda becomes Michelle's only friend. And people start to die.This book grabbed me early--when Michelle discovers the doll--and never let go. This isn't really a book with basic, workaday narrative intercut with big "GOTCHA" moments. John Saul maintains a constant level of menace and suspense throughout. There is something just palpably wrong with Paradise Point, with its people, and with the small cemetery next to Michelle's new home. A few decent people live in town--a big-hearted teacher and her psychologist boyfriend, and one girl who never stops trying to be Michelle's friend--but most people don't seem to trust the new doctor, especially when his daughter starts talking about Amanda. We get the impression that Michelle is not the first Paradise Point resident to see Amanda. Even when things seem okay for awhile, the flat-out wrongness of the place flows just beneath the surface. When "The Exorcist" was released in theaters, there were disturbing sounds that didn't match the action onscreen--swarms of angry bees, for example. Viewers couldn't really pick out the sound, but it was disconcerting nonetheless. John Saul's beautifully sinister narrative serves the same purpose here. The sun may be shining, and people may be enjoying themselves, but you can never quite trust that the peace will last. The shadows are too omnipresent for us to let down our guard. I've read a number of John Saul novels over the past few months. I have enjoyed some of them more than others. "Comes the Blind Fury" is by far my favorite. The story keeps moving forward, as if being drawn to an inevitable conclusion. The suspense is steady, and Michelle makes an excellent ingenue heroine, cruelly scorned by her friends, but with a newfound cruelty within herself, something she can neither understand nor control.This is a lovely read.Highly recommended.

  • Crystal
    2019-01-31 03:53

    While I loved this book - classic John Saul - and read it within a two days - I felt that some of the characters acted like props. The father figure turns easily into a complete *hole. The mother figure goes with it and tries to make everyone happy without really doing anything about it. The neighbor boy seems to lack action or feelings unless it is related to someone else's feelings. It was a classic John Saul story - something horrible happen in the past and the house is haunted in some sense because of it and the new family has to deal. The Ghost Story rocked. The characters needed some work.

  • Joanie
    2019-02-16 00:49

    My sister and I were on a big John Saul kick when we were in junior high and high school. We eventually got tired of the formulaic storytelling but for a while there we were hooked. This one was about a blind girl who winds up dying while being teased by a group of kids and she comes back to enact her revenge. I think I'll stay away from any re-reads and just be happy with my memories of this one!

  • Trudi
    2019-02-08 06:49

    Haven't read early John Saul since I was a teenager. Can't remember hardly a thing other than they scared me at the time and contributed to my love of horror. I can't imagine any of his books would have the same effect on me now. John Saul just isn't that good of a writer, even all these years later, I don't think he's gotten any better.

  • Anne Barnett
    2019-02-12 02:46

    I have actually read this book twice. The first time was when I was a tween. I reread it recently because I had always been bragging about what a great book it was. This book is a great starter book for someone who wants to get into the horror genre. Nothing gruesome particularly disturbing occurs in this story.

  • Wendy F
    2019-01-21 04:59

    I haven't read this in years. My rating may change if I were to read it now. I just remember loving the premise of this book, I would read it over and over again.

  • Brandy
    2019-02-06 01:36

    I loved it! Great book for being my first John Saul book I read.I give it 5 stars

  • Sarah Moser
    2019-01-22 04:47

    Read it when I was 12. Scared me to death. About to reread it again 13 years later! :-D

  • Molly
    2019-02-12 02:43

    This book was pretty good, definitely spooky at times, if it was a movie I probably couldn't watch it, but it was a fun read. Fast-paced and attention grabbing!

  • Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
    2019-01-31 01:59

    John Saul isn't particularly adventurous with venturing far off formulas, but I remember enjoying this one. It needs a re-read to refresh my memory and so I can give it a proper review.

  • Roger Ouellette
    2019-02-04 05:05

    Ghostly retribution and creepy dolls, what's not to like.

  • Trisha
    2019-01-26 03:40

    Amanda net twaalf jaar. Ze was een klein, tenger meisje. Altijd in het zwart gekleed. Het belangrijkste ze was blind. Ze liep met haar stok tastend over het pad langs de kust over de rotsen.Toen kwamen de kinderen. Ze treiterden haar en Amanda wilde daar weg. Ze vluchtte en toen was er niets meer. Geen grond niets...Honderd jaar later verhuist Michelle met haar stiefouders naar Paradise Point. Ze is twaalf en altijd vrolijk. En verheugd zich op haar nieuwe bestaan in een nieuwe omgeving. Maar dan komt de mist op en op raadselachtige wijze de kinderen van Paradise point om het leven komen. Michelle weet niet wat er gebeurt, maar weet dat iets haar in zijn greep houdt.---Een boek met spanning en verrassing vanaf het begin. Het einde laat een open einde achter waardoor je met vragen achterblijft. Het boek in het Nederlands gelezen. Het is zeker een aanwinst voor mijn boekenkast. Zoals de meeste boeken van John Saul.De vier sterren zijn omdat de spanning oploopt, het verhaal lekker leest en het verhaal je in zijn greep houdt. De personages leer je oppervlakkig maar genoeg kennen om emoties te voelen. ---John Saul is geboren in 1942 in Pasadena, Californië. Hij groeide op in Whittier en haalde zijn diploma in 1959 van de Whittier High School.Na verschillende opleidingen aan net zoveel beroepsopleidingen te hebben gevolgd zonder het behalen van een diploma of graad, besloot hij van school te gaan en auteur te worden. In de daarop 15 jaar schreef Saul verschillende manuscripten en had hij verschillende baantjes. geen enkele uitgever zag iets in zijn verhalen, totdat zijn agent bij Dell terecht kwam. Daar wilden ze niets kopen, maar vroegen ze hem of hij een psychologische thriller kon schrijven. Saul maakte een verhaallijn, schreef het uit en hoopte dat het goed genoeg was. Zowel zijn agent als Dell waren laaiend enthusiast en zagen in dit verhaal een bestseller. Dell pakte groots uit. Advertenties en TV spots voor deze onbekende auteur werden gemaakt. En het slaagde. Saul werd in een klap wereldberoemd. Suffer the Children was geboren. Alle boeken die erna kwamen kwamen wel in de Bestsellerlijsten en zijn boeken werden wereldwijd uitgebracht en in verschillende talen vertaalt. De boeken werden uitgegeven door uitgeverijen die zijn verbonden aan Random House. Naast auteur is Saul ook acteur, scriptschrijver en is 1 van zijn boeken in 1984 uitgebracht als film. Meer informatie over John Saul is te vinden op een van de onderstaande sites. PhoenixISBN: 90.6879.004.8240 pagina's; paperback

  • K.S. Thompson
    2019-02-05 05:57

    I don’t remember how old I was the first time I read “Comes The Blind Fury”. It was published in 1980 and was one of my Mom’s Doubleday Book Club picks. Her copy was a hardcover, so she must have bought it within a year of it being published. I saw it sitting on the shelf, in all its purple glory, and was immediately drawn to the image on the cover. This book had a huge impact on me. So much so that I have re-read it almost every year since.The only fault I found when reading it this time around was the use of the word “cripple” by the adults in the story. It’s one thing to read it used as a taunt by the other children, but to have the adults refer to someone as a “cripple” was a bit jarring. I had to remind myself that when this book was written, the language used in situations such as the one that character was facing was not what we would use today. This is a classic ghost story and what John Saul has become famous for. I have always found myself returning to his books, enjoying them over and over. It’s like visiting an old friend who happens to have a ghost living in their beautiful yet spooky Victorian home by the sea.

  • PJ
    2019-01-24 00:52

    Here's the thing with John Saul - at least some of his earlier stuff from the late 70s, early 80s: his characters make decisions and act based on the needs of the plot, rather than on their own internal logic. There's a lot to like about this story. It's rare these days that I get really creeped out by a book, but there are some images early on in here that really feel like they're going somewhere; really gave me a chill. Unfortunately, the characters were so poorly realised that as the story progressed, their motivations seemed to become less clear, and their actions and decision less justified. So that wall of suspended disbelief couldn't hold, and the story ended a lot less satisfactorily than it had begun.This is a decent little horror story for a lazy rainy (foggy) afternoon. But sadly doesn't quite make it into the classics.

  • Geoff Battle
    2019-01-24 22:43

    Saul doesn't pull any punches in this old school horror yarn. As ususal the supernatural is low key, a mencaing undercurrent, whilst the actions of the central charatcers are the keystones of this pageturner. The fractured family and little-girl-lost approach were far fresher back when this was written, however it plats out better than many of today's similar stories.The writing is a little clumsy for Saul, the stalling in the middle parts distracting, however the final fifth made this one of his more memorable tales.

  • Harry
    2019-02-07 03:46

    So it was a book I couldn't put down but the subject of killing kids didn't sit well with me, this was the first book I have read by John Saul and it wasn't too bad! I order more of his books just made sure there would be no killing of children in them

  • Erin
    2019-01-22 02:41

    Oh my gosh this book is a complete page turner I could not put it down. The story line is terrific and just over all... a great book.

  • Heaven
    2019-02-01 00:44

    The book is really well written and it kept me in the book the whole time i was reading it.

  • Raomer
    2019-01-23 01:05

    Typisch John Saul. Das Grauen nimmt kein Ende.

  • Jackie Green
    2019-01-21 03:36

    This is the first John Saul I ever read. It will always be my fav

  • Monica Perez
    2019-02-18 03:57

    Saul outdid himself with this book. So spooky!