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  • Hardcover: 468 pages
  • Publisher: Chivers; large type edition edition (June 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0754095541
  • ISBN-13: 978-0754095545
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)


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Nancy Underhill's death had been unexpected, abrupt-a death like a slap in the face. Read the first page
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Dec 12 2003
Format: Hardcover
I am not a fan of this book. I am completely disappointed with it. The "preview" makes it sound terrific, but it is one big confusing circle of events. If the order of events were told in a different order, it might be a little easier to understand and a little easier to read. I did NOT like this book and I am pretty unhappy about spending $25 on it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Dec 7 2003
Format: Hardcover
Straub's style is forced and tedious, almost as though he is trying to be too erudite but losing lucidity in the process. The potential for a good story is there, but too many loose ends and a failure to connect the two main themes betrays that potential. I thought I was reading Stephen King on a bad day.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Schenholtz on Oct. 17 2003
Format: Hardcover
Not a lot of depth to this one . Pretty boring . Expected more .
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By A Customer on March 25 2005
Format: Hardcover
Lost boy lost girl was a great book in my opinion. To be warned it does start off strange and all over the place in different views but if you ever read a peter straub novel it makes sense and you wouldn't expect anything different. Its a book that defently has creativity and keeps you reading. I was alittle dissapointed with the ending cause i felt it could of been longer but i guess the whole point is to keep you hanging and make sure your imagination is working. Its like your asked to draw your own conclusion what happened to the lost boy lost girl. I defently would recommend it thought. Im addicted to peter straub's books now. I still love mystery i could defently read that one again.
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Format: Hardcover
Though I've had problems with his novels in the past, with his sixteenth (winner of the 2003 Bram Stoker award for best novel), Peter Straub has brought me back into the fold. Any writer who can combine all the best elements of mystery, horror, haunted house, serial killer, and literary fiction into an emotional rollercoaster with a heart, like lost boy lost girl, deserves as wide a readership as he can get.
When his sister-in-law dies "without warning" (which he finds is a euphemism for suicide), bestselling horror novelist Tim Underhill (Straub doppelganger and recurring character along with Tom Pasmore of the recent "Blue Rose" novels Koko, Mystery, and The Throat) flies back home to Millhaven, Ill. to be with his brother, Philip, and 15-year-old nephew, Mark. Not long after Tim returns home, he gets a frantic call from Philip with the news that Mark has disappeared. And evidence points to the idea that the long-empty house at 3323 North Michigan Avenue once owned by serial killer Joseph Kalendar may have had something to do with both.
Ever since Julia, Peter Straub has joined the ranks of subtle horror, patterning himself after the writings of masters like Henry James while retaining his own modern sensibilities. lost boy lost girl represents the peak of his craft's development. It takes after such supernatural thrillers as The Turn of the Screw while remaining firmly in the present day.
While telling an essentially linear story, Straub jumps back and forth from past to present and from one point of view to another. Tim Underhill is the central character but the emotional core lies in young Mark, whose life is the most affected by the events in the story.
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Format: Hardcover
Peter Straub is an outstanding writer. He simply can't write a bad book. He doesn't have it in him. However, like the rest of us mortals, I think sometimes he just gets tired, and can't rise to the level of master of horror that he nearly always obtains. A book like "Lost Boy, Lost Girl" is the result of Peter Straub on an off day. It's a good book; but not excellent like "Koko" or "Floating Dragon".
The plot jumps a bit -- some things are not explained as well as they should be. Again, we have a "haunted" house; I wish sometimes he would move beyond this metaphor. We have a few character types that we have seen before as well; for example, here in this book we have another "Davey".
Yet this book is still a million times better than most of the other horror novels on the shelf these days. Read it, but don't expect TOO much. It's very light.
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Format: Hardcover
Good idea, lots of potential but it reads like an outline, a first draft. It was like eating chinese food. Needed a little more depth. The story needed a strong or stronger bond between Underhill and the boy Mark to of made it work.
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By A Customer on May 10 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is storytelling at its best. Very few authors can carry off this kind of material, but Peter Straub does, and does it with great wit and style. You'll find yourself literally pulled into this great book. The premise of the novel is great, but even greater is Straub's execution of the material. When you hear people talk about page turner, this is what they're speaking of.
Als recommended: BARK OF THE DOGWOOD by J.T. McCrae
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