The House on the Hill Book Summary and Study Guide

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Quinn Gallagher is a parole officer in charge of one the the most notorious killers known, Elton Weir or "Weird Ellie". He has been secretly placed in an abondoned houseon the hill of a small town, that has been modified with hi-tec sucurity systems that are said to be unescapable. Quinn is burdoned with an FBI agent that wants to interview her psychotic parolee for a research project. As soon as Quinn meets FBI agent he gets under her skin and on her nerves.
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Meanwhile in the small town an 11 year old girl turns up missing. Abigail is the same age and description as Weird Ellies previous victims. Elton is immediately questions and the house is searched without sucess. Abigail lived with her mother and her husbands family at the family inn down the hill from where Weird Ellie is finishing up parole. The book leads the readers to believe that Abby ran away even though her mother finds clues that mysteriously disapear before she can convince her family and the local police that her daughter didn't just run away.

Quinn and the FBI cross the state from one prison to another chasing leads that take them into a deep world of illusions and further into the demented mind of a psychopath. The book shows the victims torture and harrowing escape attempts and a mothers determination to see her safely home. It leads to unsuspected adversaries and surprising heros.
The review of this Book prepared by Deb Radtke

Quinn Gallagher looked into the sightless eyes of a child killer and felt a law officer's outrage-and a parents nameless dread.

Ellie Weir was released from prison after losing his sight and incarcerated in a once deserted home at the edge of the woods. He is under electronic surveillance, but that doesn't prevent his attack on a ten year old child.

Abigail wanders away from home one day and goes by the fence of the old house where the stranger is. After that, she is snatched away and maybe never to return home again.

Quinn then tries to locate the missing girl and solve the case before it's too late for Abby.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   scarey (primal ax-wielding fear) Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   escape/rescue from kidnappers General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   finding a known killer

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   20's-30's    -   60's-90's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths    -   very gorey references to torture Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references A lot of techno jargon?    -   Yes Kind of jargon?    -   electrical engineering Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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