Richard F. Shepard

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["They Never Came Home"] follows its leads to a crackling finale that makes the novel live up to its billing as "psychological suspense."

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Lois Duncan writes well and simply on mature situations. She gives her readers comprehensible, yet not over sensational descriptions of a mother's nervous breakdown; of a plain girl discovering beauty in herself; of a younger brother learning not to live in the reflected glory of an older one; of a mentally deranged boy who has cut himself off from the love his family wanted to give him. "They Never Came Home" is a well-paced action story, with a full quota of heroes and villains, and a series of narrative hooks guaranteed to hold any reader.

Richard F. Shepard, in his review of "They Never Came Home," in The New York Times Book Review (© 1969 by The New York Times Company; reprinted by permission), June 8, 1969, p. 42.

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