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Lori [Hardcover]

Robert Bloch


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Tor Books (Hc) (May 15 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031293176X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312931766
  • Product Dimensions: 22.5 x 13 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g

Product Description

From Publishers Weekly

Bloch, whose professional career is now in its 55th year, still manages to write with the same enthusiasm and in the same voice he used in the novels of his prime (c. 1954-1964). A master of pulp fiction, Bloch always sets up an intriguing premise. In this case, a recently orphaned young woman whose parents have died in a mysterious fire discovers a school yearbook older than she is--with her picture printed in it. Bloch piles mystery upon mystery, adds unsavory characters, false leads and several violent deaths, before resolving the whole thing in a typically complicated and unbelievable fashion. Despite, or because of, all this, it's great fun--the thrills and the puzzles keep the reader engaged all the way through, and the prose is befittingly purple.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Lori returns from college graduation to find her parents dead, her home burned. In the wreckage, a daffy psychic finds an old college yearbook containing a photo that looks just like Lori. The "twin" is Priscilla Fairmount, who disappeared in 1968--the year of Lori's birth. Lori begins having nightmares and becomes convinced that Priscilla is trying to possess her mind. Under police suspicion for the fire and for the murder of her family lawyer, she receives help from her psychiatrist to find out who the mysterious Priscilla is. Although the story is interesting, most of the characters are two-dimensional. Lori is particularly disappointing: dependent on everyone else to solve the mystery, she herself does nothing but indulge in stream-of-consciousness wordplay. Not bad, but one expects better from the author of American Gothic ( LJ 2/1/74) and the film classic Psycho (1959).
- A.M.B. Amantia, Population Crisis Committee Lib., Washington, D.C.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Bloch, a Great Read for His Fans & Others Jan. 24 2003
By Thomas Gabriel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"Lori" is a vintage thriller/horror novel by the master of clear, matter-of-fact horror prose and unexpected black humor. It helps to be familiar with the works of what other writers in the genre have called the "clown prince" of horror, because the leavening of humor, sometimes subtle, sometimes not, really spices the mix. The heroine comes home from college to L.A. after her parents have been killed when their house burned down, and right away, strange things start happening...a psychic calls to warn her of danger, her boyfriend shows up and seems to behave strangely, she discovers something very strange indeed in an old high school yearbook, and in the thick of the story, Lori begins to wonder not only what happened to her parents, but who she really is. And someone seems to be threatening her life! A terrific read all alone at night with plenty of hot chocolate (or whatever) at hand.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Adolescent writing style Aug. 12 2008
By R. Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
One of the worst books I've ever read. The plot was amusing enough, but the style was so overly dramatic and repetitive I kept 'falling out' of the plot, distracted by the writing itself. Every simple act was made to seem overly dramatic, almost to the point of (to make up an example) 'beads of sweat formed on her brow as she gripped the cupboard handle; would there be bread for her sandwich?' Also, I wished I'd kept track of how many times I read a variation of 'nothing could go wrong. Or could it?' I couldn't believe the frequency of '...or would she?, ...or did they?, ...or is it?' etc. Again and again and again!

I chose the book based on Robert Bloch's reputation; I imagine there must be something to it, and maybe I happened to read the only bad one, but it was the first and possibly last of his books for me. Its only saving grace was that it was a quick read.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting at first, but ultimately boring. March 18 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Rober Bloch's "Lori" begins as a gripping story, but halfway though the book the author begins to draw the plot on too long. One gets the feeling he was stalling the conclusion, and it makes the work seem rather boring towards the end. And considering that there's only one truly frightening scene in this so-called "horror" fiction, it wasn't very satisfying. I expected more.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars In a word, disappointing... Dec 2 1998
By srwillard@juno.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Lori Holmes returns from college graduation to a destroyed life: her childhood home engulfed in flames, her parents dead in the blaze, a successful family business abruptly bankrupt. This is the beginning of Lori's nightmare; it will end with a death - but whose? From my point of view, who cares? I think I expected too much, knowing that this was a "Robert Bloch" novel. My mind wandered throughout, and I never could get into it. I've read many books in the genre that have held me spellbound, notable, in recent years by Mary Higgins Clark. I can't help but wonder what she would have done with this plot. Perhaps I'll read "Lori" again, in a few years, and see if my perceptions improve any; and perhaps I won't. (Too many books and too little time.)
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great. a real mystery of its own kind. Nov. 5 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Lori comes home from graduation only to find her parents dead and her house burnt down. Now Lori is out to find the truth about her parents death and to find out who she really is. Trapped beneath an old abandoned hospital lies the truth but can Lori find it alone.

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