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A summer of sun, sand and murder. Kelsey's summer should have been paradise: An invitation to rich and famous Beverly Island, complete with sun-drenched beaches and three gorgeous lifeguards on duty. But Kelsey's summer is the opposite of paradise. It starts with the note under her pillow from a girl who's missing. Then there's the crazy man in the lighthouse who won't lea A summer of sun, sand and murder. Kelsey's summer should have been paradise: An invitation to rich and famous Beverly Island, complete with sun-drenched beaches and three gorgeous lifeguards on duty. But Kelsey's summer is the opposite of paradise. It starts with the note under her pillow from a girl who's missing. Then there's the crazy man in the lighthouse who won't leave Kelsey alone. And there have been a number of suspicious drownings.... At least she has the lifeguards around to protect her.... Poor Kelsey. Someone forgot to tell her that lifeguards don't always like to save lives.


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A summer of sun, sand and murder. Kelsey's summer should have been paradise: An invitation to rich and famous Beverly Island, complete with sun-drenched beaches and three gorgeous lifeguards on duty. But Kelsey's summer is the opposite of paradise. It starts with the note under her pillow from a girl who's missing. Then there's the crazy man in the lighthouse who won't lea A summer of sun, sand and murder. Kelsey's summer should have been paradise: An invitation to rich and famous Beverly Island, complete with sun-drenched beaches and three gorgeous lifeguards on duty. But Kelsey's summer is the opposite of paradise. It starts with the note under her pillow from a girl who's missing. Then there's the crazy man in the lighthouse who won't leave Kelsey alone. And there have been a number of suspicious drownings.... At least she has the lifeguards around to protect her.... Poor Kelsey. Someone forgot to tell her that lifeguards don't always like to save lives.

30 review for The Lifeguard

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    Kelsey Tanner goes with her mother to Beverly Island for a vacation for a couple of weeks. Her mother's boyfriend, Eric, invited them to visit him at his home on the island where he's staying for the summer, spending time with his children (his two sons, Justin and Neale, and one daughter, Beth). When Kelsey and her mother arrive at the island they are met by a distraught Eric. He tells them his thirteen-year-old daughter Beth is missing. There are search parties out looking for her. Beth's belo Kelsey Tanner goes with her mother to Beverly Island for a vacation for a couple of weeks. Her mother's boyfriend, Eric, invited them to visit him at his home on the island where he's staying for the summer, spending time with his children (his two sons, Justin and Neale, and one daughter, Beth). When Kelsey and her mother arrive at the island they are met by a distraught Eric. He tells them his thirteen-year-old daughter Beth is missing. There are search parties out looking for her. Beth's belongings (her sandals and beach towel) were found at the cove on the beach (which is very dangerous). After a few days they come to the conclusion Beth drowned, no one can find her body, and they are thinking about calling off the search. During this time Kelsey makes some friends. She gets along with shy Justin, but Neale is cold and aloof (both boys are lifeguards at the beach). She also meets a friendly girl called Donna, and Skip, another lifeguard. Then Kelsey finds a note in her room (she's staying in Beth's room) which says "I think someone is going to kill me". Kelsey is starting to believe maybe Beth was murdered, but is hesitant to tell the others. She is also becoming scared...one day she hears someone in her bedroom while she's alone in the house when she's about to leave the shower and notices wet footprints on the floor along with seaweed. Another time she sees a dead body that disappears later. A creepy old man with an eyepatch keeps yelling warnings at her, etc... This was an enjoyable, eerie, and fast-paced young-adult suspense story. I liked Kelsey and the cast of characters/suspects... I also liked the suspicious/potential murderous lifeguard angle to the story, that was interesting and different. This book even had a little romance in it. A good read with great atmosphere set on an island with dangerous coves and a crumbling old lighthouse.

  2. 4 out of 5

    karen

    this has nothing to do with this book, but i finally saw the video for it today (even though i swear i am doing homework and studying - i totally am), and it made me laugh, having always been a fan of the song. this book is also good, or it was when i was thirteen or so. but enjoy this, please: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBRJ6j... this has nothing to do with this book, but i finally saw the video for it today (even though i swear i am doing homework and studying - i totally am), and it made me laugh, having always been a fan of the song. this book is also good, or it was when i was thirteen or so. but enjoy this, please: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBRJ6j...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ken

    I had so many Point Horror books as a teen. I can distinctly recall this cover, but with no recollection of the plot the twist and turns were just a surprise this time around. Whilst away on summer vacation Kelsey soon suspects that missing girl Beth might actually have been murdered. This played more like a thriller, there’s some creepy horror moments but felt slight different to all to most of the others in the range. An enjoyable read, though not as memorable as some of Cusick’s other novels. I’l I had so many Point Horror books as a teen. I can distinctly recall this cover, but with no recollection of the plot the twist and turns were just a surprise this time around. Whilst away on summer vacation Kelsey soon suspects that missing girl Beth might actually have been murdered. This played more like a thriller, there’s some creepy horror moments but felt slight different to all to most of the others in the range. An enjoyable read, though not as memorable as some of Cusick’s other novels. I’ll have to re-read it again in another 20 years!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Printable Tire

    He wouldn't hurry with Kelsey. He'd just take his time and enjoy it. I wish he did hurry with Kelsey, because maybe it'd make this stinker YA novel shorter. There's a mystery a foot but all you've got to do to solve it is think about who the least likely suspect is and that's your man (I figured it out within the first 50 pages). Other than that, there's not enough killing and too many scenes of "But no really! It really did happen!" which are always frustrating. Some of the night beach scenes He wouldn't hurry with Kelsey. He'd just take his time and enjoy it. I wish he did hurry with Kelsey, because maybe it'd make this stinker YA novel shorter. There's a mystery a foot but all you've got to do to solve it is think about who the least likely suspect is and that's your man (I figured it out within the first 50 pages). Other than that, there's not enough killing and too many scenes of "But no really! It really did happen!" which are always frustrating. Some of the night beach scenes are creepy, though generally geographically confusing. And ultimately it's one of those flawed books where the heroine doesn't really do much solving or fighting but an awful lot of things just happen to her, which I always find really disappointing.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sati Marie Frost

    This is a truly odd book. It's one of the first Point Horrors I owned, back when I was 8 or 9, but I couldn't really get into it well back then. I know I read it - I can tell from the cover that it's been read a lot, LOL - but I didn't really remember it very well. Richie Tankersley Cusick is an interesting writer. Her writing style is more subtle than some of the other Point Horror authors like Diane Hoh or R.L. Stine, perhaps a little more sophisticated, and as a result I think she probably app This is a truly odd book. It's one of the first Point Horrors I owned, back when I was 8 or 9, but I couldn't really get into it well back then. I know I read it - I can tell from the cover that it's been read a lot, LOL - but I didn't really remember it very well. Richie Tankersley Cusick is an interesting writer. Her writing style is more subtle than some of the other Point Horror authors like Diane Hoh or R.L. Stine, perhaps a little more sophisticated, and as a result I think she probably appeals more to teenagers than to the preteen crowd. She's not as heavy-handed on the imagery as some of the authors, and that means that (for me, at least) her plot points don't stay in the memory for that long. There's no single image, in this book or any other of hers, that stands out for me years later the way the jellyfish in the bed (in R.L. Stine's Beach Party), the girl who gets locked in a coffin (in Diane Hoh's The Train) or the leather-clad biker who terrorises a girl trapped in a phone booth (in Carol Ellis' My Secret Admirer) do. Yet this is not necessarily a bad thing; the lack of that sometimes overwhelming imagery means that most of her books feel fresh and new each time I read them. As far as The Lifeguard goes, I enjoyed it very much. The plot is average: Kelsey arrives on a small island for a vacation with her mother, to stay with mom's boyfriend and his kids, only to find that the thirteen-year-old daughter is missing and that there have been a couple of suspicious drownings recently. The parents are absent for most of the book - this is a recurring theme in teenage horror novels - and Kelsey is left in the company of mom's boyfriend's two sons: sweet, shy Justin and dark, intense Neale, as well as two other island kids, bubbly Donna and arrogant-but-charming Skip. Due to a note she finds in her room (that says, "I think someone is going to kill me"), Kelsey becomes convinced that Beth, the missing daughter, has been murdered. She just doesn't know by whom. And then the terror starts, with wet footprints on her rug when she thinks she's alone in the house, a body that appears and disappears, and a crazy old man who keeps showing up and yelling warnings. While it's a little light on depth - although to be fair, you can't expect too much from a 200-page teenage book - Ms Cusick has a way of creating likeable characters that you want to root for. Combine this with a creepy, almost gothic feeling that weaves its way through the narrative, and a sense of loneliness during the scenes that feature Kelsey alone that contrasts nicely with the cheerful comfort of the supporting characters, and you have a very enjoyable, somewhat haunting read. Verdict: An excellent YA novel that is probably at least partly responsible for the success of Point Horror in the early 90s.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sarah MacMillan

    I think The Lifeguard should be sold in a combo pack with Peter Benchley's Jaws so us horror buffs can have summer beach reads that aren't YA romances. What do you think? Both a solid mystery and a spooky story of murder, The Lifeguard is sometimes too juvenile but a good book. And if you think the stalker dude on the front cover is scary, wait until you find out the stuff inside! WARNING: THE FOLLOWING REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS. Kelsey is one of those preppy 1980's teen girls who pop up time and t I think The Lifeguard should be sold in a combo pack with Peter Benchley's Jaws so us horror buffs can have summer beach reads that aren't YA romances. What do you think? Both a solid mystery and a spooky story of murder, The Lifeguard is sometimes too juvenile but a good book. And if you think the stalker dude on the front cover is scary, wait until you find out the stuff inside! WARNING: THE FOLLOWING REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS. Kelsey is one of those preppy 1980's teen girls who pop up time and time again in these thriller books and slasher movies. Invited to a secluded and beautiful island, it's a chance to have fun, meet up with guys and enjoy the beach. No, this is not "I Know What You Did Last Summer", but you may notice some similar themes and characters including a lighthouse perv who keeps showing up. Kelsey begins to wonder about Beth, who went missing in the same area after a note appears under her pillow. There's something weird about the island. There are a number of unexplained drownings and cold cases, and although Kelsey does start to fit in and make new friends, she's put off by Neale, one of the lifeguards who is very hostile and wants nothing to do with her. Kelsey's mother has brought her to the island so she can get better acquainted with Eric, mommy's new rich boyfriend. The whole family is a little weird, and it isn't long before things start to really get intense. I liked this book a lot. I do remember it from middle school because it was always in the library, but this was my first time reading it and it was a good mystery. I think teen readers will enjoy it more because the characters are mostly of that age group. There's a lot of Kelsey swooning over "hot guys" too and that's not my cup of tea. But The Lifeguard is good, and I would totally read it again. My favorite character was the creepy lighthouse keeper because he was so effectively weird and spooky. Favorite scene: the discovery of a corpse which mysteriously disappears soon after. DAMN! That's awesome! Peeve(s): if I wanted to fantasize about lifeguards I'd watch Baywatch. Loose ends: none to speak of. Would like to read more in the Point series, though. These are classic teen thrillers and I'll be seeking out more.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Trisha

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I first read this when I was about twelve, thirteen, something like that, and believe it or not it's still one of my favourites. I wouldn't recommend it to any literary snobs out there, and I'm not even sure I'd recommend it to anyone, full stop. But I have read it numerous times (I said 3 here at GoodReads but no doubt it could be more than that). And I will continue to read it now and then when the mood takes me. Like most Point or Point-style books, it's got its unconvincing moments. The way t I first read this when I was about twelve, thirteen, something like that, and believe it or not it's still one of my favourites. I wouldn't recommend it to any literary snobs out there, and I'm not even sure I'd recommend it to anyone, full stop. But I have read it numerous times (I said 3 here at GoodReads but no doubt it could be more than that). And I will continue to read it now and then when the mood takes me. Like most Point or Point-style books, it's got its unconvincing moments. The way the kids talk is definitely not the way I talked in high school (DEFINITELY not enough naughty words used), but of course they couldn't have got away with being more realistic or they wouldn't have been published. I guess what I love most about this book is...and here I may disappoint many or all...but the thing I love most is the romantic interest. He's not the obvious one, in fact he's the most hated character in the book by all the other characters. With good reason, as he has his surly moments (really his entire existence is one big surly moment). But I LOVE HIM. And the major spoiler - I love how the book ends. It makes me all giddy and happy like a little teenaged girl. Which I was when I first read it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kirk

    I got this in a four-book box set. I almost didn’t read it, but last night the book I started was rough, so I scrapped it and went back to the Point collection. This is the best book I have read in the collection so far. The story kept me guessing who the guilty party was right up to the end, even to the last few pages. There were a series of bait and switch moments. The description was pretty good as well, and I liked the characters also. It was just an overall fun book. As long as you know wha I got this in a four-book box set. I almost didn’t read it, but last night the book I started was rough, so I scrapped it and went back to the Point collection. This is the best book I have read in the collection so far. The story kept me guessing who the guilty party was right up to the end, even to the last few pages. There were a series of bait and switch moments. The description was pretty good as well, and I liked the characters also. It was just an overall fun book. As long as you know what you’re getting into going in (this is juvenile to YA horror) then you will be pleasantly surprised.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Armand

    This is not just a by-the-numbers retro YA horror book since there's some heart behind it. The loss and tragedy the characters endure feel real, which marks this book above most of its peers. One of the genre's failings is a lack of depth, which is not too surprising given the short average book length and - let's admit it - the target audience. This book may be an exception. Quoting one of the grieving characters: "You can’t live your life for something that might never happen. ’Cause then one This is not just a by-the-numbers retro YA horror book since there's some heart behind it. The loss and tragedy the characters endure feel real, which marks this book above most of its peers. One of the genre's failings is a lack of depth, which is not too surprising given the short average book length and - let's admit it - the target audience. This book may be an exception. Quoting one of the grieving characters: "You can’t live your life for something that might never happen. ’Cause then one day your own life is over, and all you’ve done is live for someone else." The killer becomes rather evident around the halfway mark after a particularly ham-fisted red herring. I have to say, among the author's books that I've read this one is the easiest to solve. Maybe because this time the author plays square? Also, I think that the lead falling for her mother's boyfriend's son is just a bit off-putting. What if he becomes her stepbrother? In any case, it ranks among Cusick's better offerings. I'm rating it 7/10 or 3 stars out of 5.

  10. 5 out of 5

    BookCupid

    Nostalgia read. Kelsey arrives on the island to meet her mother's boyfriend family. But she soon finds out that the youngest of his children has disappeared and is presumed drowned. With three handsome lifeguards surrounding her, Kelsey should be safe from the water, or is she??? I used to love reading these. Except this time around I found the plot didn't make much sense. There has to be clear motives for everyone's actions, particularly evil ones, and instalove is better left aside. Nostalgia read. Kelsey arrives on the island to meet her mother's boyfriend family. But she soon finds out that the youngest of his children has disappeared and is presumed drowned. With three handsome lifeguards surrounding her, Kelsey should be safe from the water, or is she??? I used to love reading these. Except this time around I found the plot didn't make much sense. There has to be clear motives for everyone's actions, particularly evil ones, and instalove is better left aside.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I first read this book in the summer before 8th grade. I'd ordered it from one of those school book orders (Troll, Arrow, etc.) in 1988. This was the first book that had me so completely hooked that I could not put it down! I'd hear people say that about books before, but never experienced it until The Lifeguard. I still own my original yellowed paperback, but I was thrilled to see it as a Kindle book. I was always worried I'd lose that old dingy paperback, with my name scrawled inside in big lo I first read this book in the summer before 8th grade. I'd ordered it from one of those school book orders (Troll, Arrow, etc.) in 1988. This was the first book that had me so completely hooked that I could not put it down! I'd hear people say that about books before, but never experienced it until The Lifeguard. I still own my original yellowed paperback, but I was thrilled to see it as a Kindle book. I was always worried I'd lose that old dingy paperback, with my name scrawled inside in big loopy middle school girl writing complete with the "i" in Melissa dotted with a circle. As for the story, maybe I'd see the ending coming if I'd only read it now, but I was completely blindsided when I first read it. I read the entire book over and over. I wished they'd make a television series where the story could continue. I wanted more of the other characters. Do Skip and Donna end up together? My 13 year old heart needed to know. What's funny is that for the longest time, I considered this my favorite book. Of course, I couldn't admit that to very many people. It may not be my favorite book at 42 years old, but it definitely holds a special place in my heart to this day.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Georgina Merry

    I read this book over and over as a teen. I loved it. I bought a copy recently, not only to reacquaint myself with RTC's work, but for research purposes. It's almost a different book, as the characters have taken on new appearances in my imagination. This is down to the author's ability to describe physical features in a non-restrictive manner. Still, this book isn't without flaw. Am I the only one to notice that Justin' s eyes change from brown to blue throughout the course of the story? Having I read this book over and over as a teen. I loved it. I bought a copy recently, not only to reacquaint myself with RTC's work, but for research purposes. It's almost a different book, as the characters have taken on new appearances in my imagination. This is down to the author's ability to describe physical features in a non-restrictive manner. Still, this book isn't without flaw. Am I the only one to notice that Justin' s eyes change from brown to blue throughout the course of the story? Having just finished this, I realise that my young imagination must have added certain aspects to the plot. Okay, that's not always a bad thing, but this time around I felt the story was lacking somewhat. There are things that remain unexplained, and we the reader are left to draw our own conclusions. Also,Kelsey has a wafer thin personality compared to the other characters. While I appreciate her fear and her phobia are what drive the plot, that's about all she's got going on. Skip, Donna, Neale and Isaac make for far more interesting reading. My conclusion is simple: 5 stars as teen reader, 3.5/4 stars as an adult. This is best suited to 12- 14 yrs.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alex (The Bookubus)

    This story is about Kelsey who travels with her mum to an island for the summer to stay with her mum's boyfriend, his daughter and two sons. On arrival they find out that his daughter has gone missing. We also learn that there have been some mysterious drownings recently despite all the beaches being manned by lifeguards. I suspected every character at some point, including the actual killer, but I was still surprised at the reveal. There are also a couple of sections written from the killer's p This story is about Kelsey who travels with her mum to an island for the summer to stay with her mum's boyfriend, his daughter and two sons. On arrival they find out that his daughter has gone missing. We also learn that there have been some mysterious drownings recently despite all the beaches being manned by lifeguards. I suspected every character at some point, including the actual killer, but I was still surprised at the reveal. There are also a couple of sections written from the killer's perspective which I thought were really interesting. Seeing as I haven't read this in a good 20-odd years I was very pleasantly surprised to find this so engaging and enjoyable! Cusick is a great writer and I really enjoyed her storytelling. Sure, it's a bit cheesy and dated but it is 90s YA so I think that's to be expected!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Avanders

    I first read this Christopher Pike style book at some point in elementary school and have re-read it several times since. It's not the best written book and it's certainly not literary, but it's a fun novel with intriguing characters and I will likely read it several more times :). P.S. "Don't call for help. He may just kill you." I first read this Christopher Pike style book at some point in elementary school and have re-read it several times since. It's not the best written book and it's certainly not literary, but it's a fun novel with intriguing characters and I will likely read it several more times :). P.S. "Don't call for help. He may just kill you."

  15. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    This is an early Point Horror novel about vacationing teens and murder. These stories were meant to be cheesy fun and a distraction. I have to agree that the formula is perfect. It's pure entertainment- no politics, no Marxist finger wagging, no extraneous characters....just good, clean fun. This is why these books were such huge sellers...they were escapism at it's finest. This is an early Point Horror novel about vacationing teens and murder. These stories were meant to be cheesy fun and a distraction. I have to agree that the formula is perfect. It's pure entertainment- no politics, no Marxist finger wagging, no extraneous characters....just good, clean fun. This is why these books were such huge sellers...they were escapism at it's finest.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alana ~ The Book Pimp

    This was a 'back in the day' read... but you know what? It's STILL on my shelf. That says something right there! And this got the JLA stamp of approval as a book she loved growing up. Awesomesauce! This was a 'back in the day' read... but you know what? It's STILL on my shelf. That says something right there! And this got the JLA stamp of approval as a book she loved growing up. Awesomesauce!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kirsty

    Re-read this for Episode 1 of the Teenage Scream podcast (lovingly dissecting the best and worst of 90s teen horror). Listen here, or subscribe on your podcast app: https://soundcloud.com/teenagescream Re-read this for Episode 1 of the Teenage Scream podcast (lovingly dissecting the best and worst of 90s teen horror). Listen here, or subscribe on your podcast app: https://soundcloud.com/teenagescream

  18. 5 out of 5

    April

    Read this in middle school, it was fairly good. I believe I read it in a day.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tamia Hodge

    Remember, in my previous review; I told you that Summer 2020 was the summer of reminiscing? Well, this little book brought me all the way back to my R.L Stine days of 120-page books and Goosebumps where things go bump in the night. The Lifeguard was a book suitable for two things, keeping you guessing and alternating POV. I'm sad to say that's about it. I know this book is old, and so I shouldn't hold it to the quality of books today, nor should I be about to pop off like I'm about to, but well, Remember, in my previous review; I told you that Summer 2020 was the summer of reminiscing? Well, this little book brought me all the way back to my R.L Stine days of 120-page books and Goosebumps where things go bump in the night. The Lifeguard was a book suitable for two things, keeping you guessing and alternating POV. I'm sad to say that's about it. I know this book is old, and so I shouldn't hold it to the quality of books today, nor should I be about to pop off like I'm about to, but well, I am. SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! (This part should be read after you finish the book, but it doesn't give away too much information and so get ready boys and girls for a rant and some TEA!) SO BOOM, we have Kelsey Tanner, our main character, and well an absolute idiot. Okay, that sounds harsh, but reading this as a kid then again as an adult has my head reeling. You are telling me that Kelsey just found out that her mom's boyfriend's daughter is missing. You get a note from her saying someone is trying to kill her, and you say oh well, this must be a joke. GIRLLLLLLLLLL bye. Did a few brain cells fall loose when you were rocking on that boat? Because baby, I can't. My next issue with this book is the way Kelsey is portrayed. She is so in love with one brother, and she claims that he calms all her fears and make her feel warm and toasty. He's her peace and sanity blah blah blah. Then she is saved by another brother at the end and kisses him. GIRLLLLL, so he saves your life now you got to give him the cooch, and you are so in love. I get so frustrated when female characters are displayed as this type of floozy. I know the author didn't try to make Kelsey seem that way, but I've had a lifetime of books, shows, and movies displaying women as hoppers, and I couldn't help but roll my eyes when I read the closing scene between Kelsy and her savior. He was so scary, aggressive, rude, snarky, and a little rough with her, but no girl drop them panties. You got you a good one, boo. Why did no one believe Kelsey nor Donna in this freaking book? Someone is telling you that they think someone killed your sister, weird things have been happening, they saw a body, but now the body is gone, someone attacked Kelsey and was in her room, but nope they are all delusional. If someone had some type of information about a missing person, and weird things have been happening to everyone. Wouldn't you listen? Apparently, not these idiotic boys. Like did Kelsey and Donna need to be the scooby doo gang to get someone to believe them? My second to last point is, why are we not addressing the potential incest in this book?? If Kelsey's mom marries Eric, that will make Justin and Neale, her stepbrothers. So why is everyone out here smacking lips? Even her mom was cheering her on like baby girl either mama has to give up Eric or Kelsey has to break it off with her future stepbrother. Here I am reading this book as a kid so happy Kelsey got a boo, and now that I am an adult, I'm like honey; this is incest!! Also, the book failed to capitalize off the revealing of the killer. We were waiting so long to figure out who he was only to get a quick ending. We should have found some crazy diary entries, got a testimony from the sister, got the killer explanation dialogue, and the aftermath of having a family member being a serial killer. There could have been at least an epilogue giving us more. We stuck through the mystery; therefore, readers deserved a better payoff. The ending was rushed, and it showed. All in all, this book is great in suspense, and despite my critiques, I did finish it in a few hours, so it does have promise. I am an over-analyzer, so that's my burden to bear, but I wouldn't say I will be rereading this book, which is disappointing because I loved it so much as a kid. I guess some books are better left in the past.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jodie Angeline Lee

    I decided I wanted to read all the point horror books again. The first two weren’t available to buy on kindle so my kindle collection will start with book 3 - The Lifeguard. I read this one many many years ago and by this point I’ve forgotten everything about it so that’s always helpful when re-reading a book with plot twists. Kelsey and her mum go to stay on Beverly Island with her mums boyfriend and his 3 kids for the summer. Only when they arrive one of the kids is missing and it’s all a big I decided I wanted to read all the point horror books again. The first two weren’t available to buy on kindle so my kindle collection will start with book 3 - The Lifeguard. I read this one many many years ago and by this point I’ve forgotten everything about it so that’s always helpful when re-reading a book with plot twists. Kelsey and her mum go to stay on Beverly Island with her mums boyfriend and his 3 kids for the summer. Only when they arrive one of the kids is missing and it’s all a big mystery as to what happened to her. The daughter (missing one) is the typical sweet as sugar younger sister. Then there’s the two brothers, the attractive and friendly one, then the moody, mysterious *possibly a serial killer in the making* style one. Kelsey also meets Skip and Donna, two islanders who she befriends. An old one eyed, creepy looking man called Isaac also pops up to freak her out from time to time. Mysterious notes, unexplained footprints, the feeling she’s being watched. Someone’s making girls disappear but who is it? That’s basically the premise of the book. I won’t say more because spoilers. I always liked this one; it’s one of the better Point Horror books and seems to have aged reasonably well seeing as I’m able to still read it without crying for mercy.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    A brilliant horror story. You're led to believe one thing until it's revealed that you were wrong the entire time. It's a horror story that tells us that looks can be deceiving, and to not always believe what you see. A brilliant horror story. You're led to believe one thing until it's revealed that you were wrong the entire time. It's a horror story that tells us that looks can be deceiving, and to not always believe what you see.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Felicity

    I adored Point Horror books when I was about 12, and I came across 3 of them for 50 cents each I couldn't resist. Lame; yes, but oh so much fun :) I adored Point Horror books when I was about 12, and I came across 3 of them for 50 cents each I couldn't resist. Lame; yes, but oh so much fun :)

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sydney Bollinger

    This book was wild. I'm not sure if I like it better or worse than The Mall; this was not nearly as scary as The Mall, although the overall plot of this book made a bit more sense. This book was wild. I'm not sure if I like it better or worse than The Mall; this was not nearly as scary as The Mall, although the overall plot of this book made a bit more sense.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tarina Likes To Read

    Kelsey arrives at Beverly Island for her summer holiday. But just after arriving at the island, she finds out that Beth who is her mother’s partner’s daughter is missing & she is presumed dead. Even though, it’s a bad start to her holiday, Kelsey does manage to make a few friends in Donna, Skip & Justin. Skip & Justin happen to be two really cute lifeguards along with Justin’s brother Neale. Throughout her holiday, Kelsey finds a note in Beth’s bedroom indicating that she is going die. She also Kelsey arrives at Beverly Island for her summer holiday. But just after arriving at the island, she finds out that Beth who is her mother’s partner’s daughter is missing & she is presumed dead. Even though, it’s a bad start to her holiday, Kelsey does manage to make a few friends in Donna, Skip & Justin. Skip & Justin happen to be two really cute lifeguards along with Justin’s brother Neale. Throughout her holiday, Kelsey finds a note in Beth’s bedroom indicating that she is going die. She also finds out that there were two previous drowning’s a few weeks ago & there’s this really creepy old guy with an eye patch hanging about the place. Kelsey starts to wonder is there more to Beth’s disappearance than it seems. Kelsey is right to voice her suspicions. However, what she doesn’t know is that she is actually hanging out with the one who is responsible for Beth’s disappearance. Skip? Justin? Neale? Who took her? And why? This is another good book by Richie Tankersley-Cusick. I’m actually finding her to be one of the better Point Horror writers now *-*

  25. 4 out of 5

    Russell Holbrook

    So, I'd finished the Kill River trilogy and I felt that it was too early to start reading fall horror. I wanted one more summer horror read, and thankfully, I remembered that The Lifeguard was on my TBR shelf! As a novel from the 80s, it took me a bit to get used to the style. However, once I did, I was in for the ride. I really enjoyed this book! The writing is fluid and poetic, and was a lot darker than I expected, which was a definite plus. It's moody, atmospheric, and not at all like the cov So, I'd finished the Kill River trilogy and I felt that it was too early to start reading fall horror. I wanted one more summer horror read, and thankfully, I remembered that The Lifeguard was on my TBR shelf! As a novel from the 80s, it took me a bit to get used to the style. However, once I did, I was in for the ride. I really enjoyed this book! The writing is fluid and poetic, and was a lot darker than I expected, which was a definite plus. It's moody, atmospheric, and not at all like the cover art lead me to believe. There are also those great Point Horror plot twists! This was definitely a great book to end the summer on and transition into fall and Halloween horror with! I also have an "adult" horror novel by this author waiting for me on my TBR shelf and I'm excited to get into that one, and hopefully soon. But, for now, I'll be sure to stay near the shore so I don't have to call The Lifeguard! :D

  26. 4 out of 5

    Caroline Bennett

    I read an interview with the author where she says she got given the title, strapline and cover. So she had to make their be three lifeguards or there would be no mystery. Reminds me of: Sunset Beach on a dark day. "It was probably just a practical joke" moment: (view spoiler)[ Wet footprints in the bedroom. Honestly, you are sharing a house with four men. Get used to it. "You probably just imagined it" moment: Seaweed in the bedroom, sharks, dead bodies. Your average run of the mill Innocent victi I read an interview with the author where she says she got given the title, strapline and cover. So she had to make their be three lifeguards or there would be no mystery. Reminds me of: Sunset Beach on a dark day. "It was probably just a practical joke" moment: (view spoiler)[ Wet footprints in the bedroom. Honestly, you are sharing a house with four men. Get used to it. "You probably just imagined it" moment: Seaweed in the bedroom, sharks, dead bodies. Your average run of the mill Innocent victims?: Beth will need counselling. How blindingly obvious?:Oh gosh, it had to be Justin. He was the only nice one. Plot holes / Unfinished plot lines: Can we just talk about how oddly ALL these families grieve. Inappropriate happy ending: really don't remember ending (hide spoiler)]

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    I absolutely loved this book when I was in my teens and read it time and time again so couldn't resist when I spotted it on Kindle Unlimited some 20+ years later. Was it as good as I remembered? I think the answer to that was always going to be no. Don't get me wrong I had an absolute blast reading it again, and it is a very easy and addictive read, but now that I'm older I couldn't help finding little flaws and things to criticize. At the time this was originally written this was a new genre so I absolutely loved this book when I was in my teens and read it time and time again so couldn't resist when I spotted it on Kindle Unlimited some 20+ years later. Was it as good as I remembered? I think the answer to that was always going to be no. Don't get me wrong I had an absolute blast reading it again, and it is a very easy and addictive read, but now that I'm older I couldn't help finding little flaws and things to criticize. At the time this was originally written this was a new genre so you have to admire it for bringing something new but I'm not sure how well it stands up against more recent releases. It is still brilliant for what it is and it brought back so many great memories from when I was younger I'm so glad I got the chance to read it again.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    Another childhood reread. This one, for me, is not as good as the others I've reread so far. Mainly due to the protagonist, Kelsey, being a soppy moron. I'm sure I would not have thought this when I first read it many moons ago, but as an adult, it seems some things in this novel just don't make sense. Like the parents just buggering off to the mainland and leaving the kids by themselves without telling them. In fact, the complete lack of parental and adult responsibility at all in this book is Another childhood reread. This one, for me, is not as good as the others I've reread so far. Mainly due to the protagonist, Kelsey, being a soppy moron. I'm sure I would not have thought this when I first read it many moons ago, but as an adult, it seems some things in this novel just don't make sense. Like the parents just buggering off to the mainland and leaving the kids by themselves without telling them. In fact, the complete lack of parental and adult responsibility at all in this book is quite astonishing. Don't even get me started on the note that Kelsey finds. Anyway, an ok read but not one I would rave about in the Point Horror series.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Georgia

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I rated this 2 on the Good Reads scale but on the Point Horror scale it’s a solid 3.5. I have SO MANY questions. Why did her mother just leave her after a traumatic event and while another girl was missing? Why did Justin listen in on the phone when he already knew she was suspicious as he had left the note? Why did no one care that a 13 year old was missing? Why was there a weird cave under a lighthouse, surely that was a major structural issue? How was Justin so shit at killing people? I guess I rated this 2 on the Good Reads scale but on the Point Horror scale it’s a solid 3.5. I have SO MANY questions. Why did her mother just leave her after a traumatic event and while another girl was missing? Why did Justin listen in on the phone when he already knew she was suspicious as he had left the note? Why did no one care that a 13 year old was missing? Why was there a weird cave under a lighthouse, surely that was a major structural issue? How was Justin so shit at killing people? I guess we will never know.

  30. 5 out of 5

    C

    I only read this book because Cusick was my favorite 'horror author' when I was younger. And since I can not escape my past..I re-read books from my past. Teen books seem tacky now, but hey, that makes it fun. This book was about a murdering lifeguard with a not-so-obvious twist at the end. How fun. I only read this book because Cusick was my favorite 'horror author' when I was younger. And since I can not escape my past..I re-read books from my past. Teen books seem tacky now, but hey, that makes it fun. This book was about a murdering lifeguard with a not-so-obvious twist at the end. How fun.

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