Book Review–Ghost Story by Peter Straub


This is the 68th book from my 200 Book Reading Challenge.

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Ghost Story by Peter Straub
Published January 1st, 1979

For four aging men in the terror-stricken town of Milburn, New York, an act inadvertently carried out in their youth has come back to haunt them. Now they are about to learn what happens to those who believe they can bury the past — and get away with murder.


I was really looking forward to Ghost Story after it came so highly recommended by Stephen King, one of my favorite authors. I’m also always looking for good horror. I vaguely remember reading the book that Peter Straub wrote with King called The Talisman.

I was disappointed. As much as I tried, I couldn’t get past the first one hundred pages of this. The story, characters, even the writing, was boring me to the point of tears. I didn’t want to give up because I’d been looking forward to reading this all year, but I couldn’t take it after a few days. Since I spent time and effort trying to get this finished, I’m still counting it as being “read.”

Maybe it’s just not for me. I couldn’t find one thing within the pages I read to justify continuing. There’s tons of positive reviews, but if you look long enough, you’ll find people who also thought this one was boring. I’m glad I’m not alone.





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