Sweet Valley High #106: Beware the Wolfman

SVH106 - OuterRead part one of this miniseries here. Read part two here.

The Moral of the Story: I … I got nothing.

Synopsis:

The twins aren’t speaking to each other because Jessica thinks it’s Liz’s fault that everyone thinks her boyfriend is a murdering werewolf. They’re both out to find the truth, but neither wants the other to know what she’s doing. Jessica sneaks into the house of Dr. Neville, the first murder victim. She finds a file labeled “S., Annabelle.” The only thing in the file is a report that Annabelle died from pneumonia nine years ago. Jessica thinks it’s weird that there’s nothing else in the file and she puts it in her bag. She hears someone else in the house and crawls out the window just before Liz comes in. Liz decides to take the file on Robert Pembroke, then goes through the doctor’s Rolodex. She comes across a business card for Mildred Price, Robert’s childhood nanny, and is certain Robert is hiding out at her house. She starts to write down Mildred’s information, but then a noise scares her. She just takes the card and leaves just before the murderer comes in. The unnamed werewolf searches through Dr. Neville’s filing cabinet, goes into a rage about one of the twins having stolen something, and then sees Mildred Price’s name written down next to the Rolodex. He thinks, “Nanny Millie,” and leaves.

Liz goes back to the boardinghouse that night and gets all homesick for Sweet Valley. Then she thinks how lucky she is to have found Luke. She thinks about calling him and then realizes he never gave her his number. Liz looks at the necklace Luke gave her. There’s an “A” engraved on the back of the medallion and Liz wonders if “A” was Luke’s mother, who got him interested in werewolves. Pat, I think I’d like to solve the puzzle. Liz is convinced the medallion has kept her out of danger, but she thinks her twin needs it more than she does so she puts it in Jessica’s bag. Besides, she still has the silver bullet Luke gave her.

The next morning, Jessica wakes up late for work and rushes out the door. Halfway to the tube station, she realizes she’s forgotten her bag. She goes back for it, and when she gets to her room, it’s clear someone has been there. The door is open and Jessica’s bed is made. Jessica has no doubt that Robert has been there. I don’t know why.

When Liz gets to work, Luke asks her where her necklace is. Liz explains that she gave it to Jessica, and then asks about the inscription on the pendant. Luke says the necklace did indeed belong to his mother, Ann. Then Tony Frank, who was just promoted to the crime desk, says there’s been another murder. The victim is Mildred Price. Of course. Liz and Tony leave to investigate.

Then there’s another scene of the murderer tearing the twins’ room apart. He finds the file labeled “Robert Pembroke, Jr.” and the one labeled “S., Annabelle.” That’s great, but he knows one of the twins has a silver bullet. Unfortunately, no amount of vandalism will make it appear. The murderer leaves, figuring the twins have the bullet.

When the twins get home from work that night, they each say they’re missing a file and Liz says her silver bullet is missing. Later, Jessica is looking at the medallion she found in her bag and notices the engraving. She puts the initial together with the file she found and asks Liz where Luke got the medallion. Liz says he got it from his mother, Ann. Jessica thinks, “Ann, not Annabelle. So much for that brilliant idea.” Sigh.

The next morning, the twins find out Lord Pembroke Senior himself has been attacked. Jessica goes to see him at the hospital, and the man is all kinds of doped up. He sees Jessica’s necklace and says it looks like the one he gave Annabelle, the only woman he ever really loved. Then he says he wants Jessica to tell Robert he has a brother.

Liz decides it’s a good time to go snoop around Pembroke Manor some more while the Pembrokes are in the city. Tony Frank goes with her, and she shows him the secret werewolf room. They find a box full of letters from Annabelle. The letters tell them that Lord Pembroke and Annabelle were in love, but couldn’t marry because of their different classes. Annabelle had a baby at some point. Liz and Tony figure he could be anywhere from nine to nineteen years old. They wonder if Robert’s killing spree could somehow be a result of learning he has an illegitimate brother. When Liz tells Luke about Annabelle, he gets all intense and weird and tells her not to go where the werewolf can find her.

That night, the twins have another argument because Liz is a bitch and Jessica is a drama queen. Later, Liz is feeling sad and wants to talk to someone. She goes to Rene’s room and knocks on the door, but he doesn’t answer. She tries to open the door, but it’s locked. For some reason, this sends Liz into a rage and she’s all pissed off at Rene for never being there for her. (I think this is all part of a ploy to make us think Rene is the murderer. There have been a couple scenes in which he’s “acted strangely.” Anyway, Liz is a bitch.)

Jessica goes to Pembroke Green, the family’s city residence, and makes Lady Pembroke talk to her by saying she knows about Annabelle. So Lady Pembroke starts talking and says she hated her husband for having an affair, but also for sending money and resources, including Nanny Millie, to his bastard child. Jessica starts to think the other son must be the murderer. Then Lady Pembroke says, “Lucas is an evil name,” citing that as proof that the boy is no good. Jessica jumps to her feet, shouting that Luke is the killer. I’m surprised she didn’t think, “Oh, she said Lucas, not Luke.” Anyway, she runs out of the house to a telephone box (why didn’t she use the Pembrokes’ phone?) and calls the dorm and the Journal. Liz isn’t in either place. She calls Tony Frank and finds out Liz took Luke with her to check out Annabelle’s old house. He tells Jessica the street name, and Jessica hails a taxi.

Annabelle’s house is in the ghetto, as evidenced by the homeless man outside. There’s no power, so Luke goes to the basement to try to find a fuse box. While he’s doing that, Liz goes upstairs. She finds a bedroom and seems surprised to find someone lives in it. There are newspaper clippings all over the walls, and Liz is kind of horrified to discover they all have something to do with the Pembroke family. Then she opens a diary and reads a passage about the writer waking up on his father’s estate with ripped clothes and blood all over him. Then Liz looks up to see the werewolf in the doorway. She gets scared, but then realizes the wolfman is wearing Luke’s clothes. Liz laughs and tells Luke to take off that horrible mask. He tells her it’s not a mask and Liz gets scared again because her boyfriend is clearly a psychopath.

Luke does an evil villain speech about how he and his mother were denied awesome Pembroke-ish things, and explains that when Annabelle died, Luke vowed to get back at everyone. When he’s done talking, he lunges for Liz, but just then the homeless guy from outside comes in and points a gun at Luke. Liz is relieved to see the homeless guy is really Robert in disguise. Robert says he has the silver bullet. Then Rene and Sergeant Bumpo come in. There’s a scuffle, and Luke gets shot. His mask slips off and he tells Liz they got the werewolf. Then he dies.

In conclusion:

  • Luke was a psychotic wannabe werewolf who actually had no idea he was murdering people and framing his brother during his blackouts.
  • Robert disguised himself as a homeless man so he could watch over Jessica.
  • Rene has been following Liz around to keep an eye on her, which explains his strange behavior.
  • Lord Pembroke recovers and turns ownership of the newspaper over to Robert.
  • Lucy Friday and Tony Frank get married.

Quotes:

Jessica had a feeling this fight wasn’t going to blow over. It was the worst one ever.

Even worse than that time you got Liz drunk and she killed your boyfriend? Must be pretty bad.

The Cover: Stop wearing those stupid fucking trenchcoats!

SVH106 - Inner

And now, fair readers, I need a break. I think I’ll take next week off, at least some of it. I need to get my head on straight again after the ridiculousness of these last few books.

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Comments
  • Girl talk read September 11, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Shannon I don’t blame you one bit! These sound TERRIBLE- how did you get through them? But- OH MY GOD- I tried to read this Sweet Valley Twins book ” Magic Christmas” and it is soooooooooooooooooooooo damn God awful that I just can’t finish it and I said FORGET IT! Can’t wait to have a tag sale to sell the darn thing.

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    stella Reply:

    haha the ‘magic christmas’! that was the WORST book ever!!!

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  • Sandy September 11, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    First I do want to thank you so much for letting us know there will be a break. Other bloggers just vanish. And then come back when you’re no longer addicted.

    So yeah, a lot of crazy stuff in this book.
    Why does Liz get a ton of guys? Really?

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  • Shannon September 11, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Jan, they are SO BAD. The things I put myself through…

    Sandy, I love you guys so much, I could never just leave you hanging! As for Liz, I don’t know how she gets so many guys. The twins must be super duper hot, like way hotter than the covers are able to convey.

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  • Lori September 11, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Wow that was something. A murdering bastard werewolf terrorizing London shot by his brother. Of course.

    I wish I was super duper hot like Liz to have a boyfriend at home, a British boyfriend, and a French wannabe boyfriend. And Jessica’s the slut?

    Enjoy your break Shannon. After reviewing all that you deserve one and maybe “magic vodka”

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  • Shannon September 11, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Thanks, Lori! And seriously. I think Liz has been “in love” way more times than Jessica.

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  • Megan September 11, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    At least Jessica usually breaks up with her current boyfriend. She’s not a cheater! That is why I love Jess and hate Liz!!

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  • cordee September 12, 2009 at 2:27 am

    Yikes. That is just totally…I don’t know what to say. Except to assure you that Liz and Jess have been rocking the horrible trenchcoats for years. Behold! http://madteaparty.dreamhosters.com/closet/bookcovers/svt/svt024.jpg

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  • Shannon September 12, 2009 at 9:57 am

    Megan, that’s exactly it. Jessica has no delusions about herself in that respect.

    Cordee, ha, I’d forgotten about that SVT cover!

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  • Lindsay aka Daners Isadora September 13, 2009 at 10:21 am

    “Jessica thinks, “Ann, not Annabelle. So much for that brilliant idea.””

    Wait. What? Really? Nancy Drew these kids are not.

    Enjoy the week!

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  • Merrie September 14, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    I totally understand you need a break, but I will miss your updates! Damn Francine Pascal and the ghostwriters for this stupid miniseries!

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  • Shannon September 15, 2009 at 8:38 am

    Thanks, guys. I am enjoying the week so far!

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  • alantru September 16, 2009 at 1:50 am

    Like the new digs.

    The Wolfman, huh…?

    Does he jump the shark? 😉

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  • Shannon September 16, 2009 at 8:52 am

    Alan!!!!! You’ve been gone forever!
    Yes, the Wolfman does indeed jump the shark.

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  • Kristin September 16, 2009 at 9:25 am

    I was always so confused by this book – was Luke supposed to be an actual werewolf, or did he just THINK he was a werewolf? The whole mask thing was weird … but Robert killed him with a silver bullet? So weird! I read these far too many times … they are so bad!

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  • Shannon September 16, 2009 at 9:55 am

    Kristin, I was also confused at first, but it’s made clear toward the end (and even more so in subsequent books) that Luke was just a crazy person who thought he was a werewolf. I have NO IDEA why Robert felt he needed to shoot him with a silver bullet, ha ha.

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  • Margo Rising September 16, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    “Luke was a psychotic wannabe werewolf who actually had no idea he was murdering people and framing his brother during his blackouts.”

    Well, when you put it like that, it sounds silly!

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  • Shannon September 16, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    Downright ludicrous, I tell ya!

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  • Hina December 18, 2010 at 6:02 am

    “The Cover: Stop wearing those stupid fucking trenchcoats”

    D: But I liek them! Especially the blue one!

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  • Kylie90210 May 7, 2013 at 2:15 am

    I remember being confused about Luke too, so thanks! This actually makes this mini-series seem slightly less ridiculous. I’ll with hold my jumping the shark comment until the Vampire books.

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  • Mad Dog June 17, 2013 at 11:43 am

    The twins are a pair of nosy bitches, aren’t they? And as for those crazy Londoners…

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  • Darren May 21, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    This was about where I started to get lost on Sweet Valley as it lost its nostalgia feeling. If they were trying to imitate some movie, it got lost.

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  • Dane Youssef April 14, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    “At least Jessica usually breaks up with her current boyfriend. She’s not a cheater! That is why I love Jess and hate Liz!!” –Megan

    Honey, where are you getting this misinformation? Of course she does… She cheats, she dumps… Hell, why do you think there’s a tag on her called: “Jessica: Cheats on Boyfriend” on here?

    Both twins… they’re both evil. And so was everyone else in the Valley…

    –Sincere As Always, DANE YOUSSEF

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  • Alishba Nausheen October 1, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    Gosh I read the first book and liked it but after reading the summary of the other two……….blech!!! Really stupid books!

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  • Natasha November 28, 2016 at 11:52 am

    I hated this mini series so much I didn’t bother with Beware the Wolfman. I’m up to the next mini series which is probably no better.

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  • Neidin May 8, 2017 at 10:40 am

    So rude of the twins not to look up their longtime friend and almost sister in law cara! it’s weird they are in London for a whole summer and the ghost writers don’t even give her a mention.

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