“Lewis threw the clock down. There was a springing of uncoiled springs and a clatter of clogs and a sprinkling of glass.” The House with a Clock in its Walls is a great novel if you crave suspense. It contains cliffhangers; it’s suspenseful. It also lets you be a detective in the book. First of all, it has a great amount of cliffhangers. Cliffhangers are a great thing to have in a suspense book because they make you want to read on to the next chapter. Also, the cliffhanger is usually at the end of a chapter. For example, one of the characters says, “Let’s go find that clock!” at the end of one chapter. This quote was a cliffhanger because you or the reader wants to read on to the next chapter to see if they find the clock. Another great quality of a suspense book is that it obviously needs to be suspenseful! This quality makes you want to read all night if the author uses this quality correctly. In this novel, there is a lot of suspense towards the middle and the end of the book. For example, around the middle of the book, Lewis and his uncle, along with their neighbor, are being chased by a mysterious black car, but they manage to escape. This example created suspense because you might found out what would happen to Lewis and his companions. For our third and final quality, The House with a Clock in its Walls lets you be a good detective. It lets you make predictions about characters to see if they are good or bad. John Bellairs lets you predict how the story could end. For example, on page 123, when “Hammerhandle” grabs Lewis by the collar, you can probably tell that he isn’t a good guy. To sum up my review, The House with a Clock in its Walls is a great book. If you want a great mystery, pick up this book at your local bookstore.