Mary Downing Hahn was one of my favorite writers of scary stories when I was a kid. Classics like Wait 'Til Helen Comes and Time for Andrew: A Ghost Story remain some of my favorite books that I read during my childhood.

Maybe it's just the fact that I'm a grown woman now, but the shine's kind of fallen off the apple. Whenever I see a new book from this author, I pick it up in the hope of recapturing a bit of the magic I recall from when I was a kid. I have yet to find it.

The Girl in the Locked Room is a decent story, I will say that. Jules moves with her parents to a small town in Virginia where her father is restoring an old Victorian house, a house whose description is rather creepy, and said creepiness immediately gets to Jules. The ensuing mystery of "the girl" is interesting, as is the repeated sequence that led to the death of "the girl's" family (which did give me a couple of chills). It's just... the magic of those earlier books isn't there. Something's missing.

Still, if you're looking for a light read that has a small creep factor, this book might be for you.

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