Book Review–Lost Boy Lost Girl by Peter Straub




This is the 83rd book from my 114 in 2014 Reading Challenge.


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Lost Boy Lost Girl by Peter Straub
  October 7th, 2003 by Random House (NY)


Nancy Underhill commits suicide for no apparent reason. A week later, her son — fifteen-year-old Mark — vanishes. The boy’s uncle, novelist Timothy Underhill, searches his hometown of Millhaven for clues that might help unravel this horrible dual mystery. He soon learns that a pedophilic murderer is on the loose in the vicinity, and that shortly before Nancy’s suicide, Mark had become obsessed with an abandoned house where he imagined the killer might have taken refuge.


No mere empty building, the house whispers from basement to attic with the echoes of a long hidden true-life horror story, and Tim comes to fear that in investigating its unspeakable history, Mark stumbled across its last and greatest secret: a ghostly lost girl who may have coaxed the needy, suggestible boy into her mysterious domain.




Words can not express how much I am happy to be finished with this book.

I don’t think Peter Straub is for me. I’m not sure why he’s considered a “master of horror.” I certainly expected more, especially with Stephen King vouching for him. Stephen King’s cover blurb proclaimed “May be the best book of his career!” If that’s the case, I’m seriously doubting whether I want to attempt any more of Straub’s works, though I’ve really wanted to read Julia and possibly Shadowland.

While I did manage to trudge through this one, unlike the awful Ghost Story, I still didn’t enjoy reading it. I wanted to give up at several points, but I really hate not giving a book a chance. Sadly this one didn’t do anything for me.

Straub’s writing is excessively wordy and often doesn’t come across as realistic, particularly when involving teenagers. I also didn’t care for any of the one dimensional characters. The story was “okay” but progressed so slowly that I was bored to tears. The “ghost” story fell flat, though the setting and history was pretty interesting.

There were a few parts in which things got interesting, only for me to get dragged back into boredom once again. Would not recommend and wondering if I should give up on Peter Straub’s work. 1.5 stars, only because it was slightly better than Ghost Story.








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