The Partridge Family: The Haunted Hall by Michael Avallone
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Michael Avallone wrote a lot of TV tie-ins and other work-for hire but he was no hack. This nicely crafted short novel tells the story of a single mother and her five children as they fight for survival in a house long abandoned by an insane arsonist, a man who intends to reclaim his property - in flames! The story focuses on eldest daughter Laurie, who's sexual obsessions with Duke, leader of a violent band of young squatters, and Jerry, a heroic film actor, drive the tight plot, as the musical family prepares to perform at at an outdoor concert event. In general I found the novel rather juvenile, and clearly intended for a younger audience. The short book has a distinct "Goosebumps" vibe, but with a startling amount of dated American slang and pop culture references. Rating this on the "Goosebumps" scale, I give this three stars. Your milage may vary.
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