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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Tor Books (Hc) (June 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031293176X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312931766
  • Product Dimensions: 22.5 x 13 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
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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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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa07184ec) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa09620f0) out of 5 stars Vintage Bloch, a Great Read for His Fans & Others Jan. 24 2003
By Thomas Gabriel - Published on
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
HASH(0xa0962144) out of 5 stars Adolescent writing style Aug. 12 2008
By R. Anderson - Published on
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.
HASH(0xa096257c) out of 5 stars Felt like a chore reading this one Sept. 23 2015
By T. Hunt - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Written by Robert Bloch, ("Psycho author), and published in 1989, "Lori" tells the story of a young woman tormented by the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of her parents and the burning of their home. Reading it reminded me of a long drive to a vacation destination. It's exciting in the beginning because you're GOING somewhere and it's exciting towards the end because you're nearly where you want to be, but everything in the middle is just an asphalt grind. I was counting pages like miles during this read but what made it worse was that I had Lori herself riding in the passenger seat and she was talking the entire time. Even in her sleep.

And that's the book. Engaging introduction, tense finale, but the meat of this thing is some 200 pages of incessant, babbling dialogue, both inner and outer. Half of the conversations I sat through had zero impact on me. I just finished the book an hour ago, a quarter of it being read today, and I have no idea what some of these people were talking about. I just didn't care enough to absorb most of it.

The book is bland and the incremental frequency of forced humor felt so awkward to me. I'd be reading along and these jokes would drop with dull thuds and just kill the sentence, the paragraph. I wanted to like, "Lori" so bad but I never could get on board with it. There are some spooky elements but they're disconnected and inefficient, which was weird to sift through. I wanted a horror novel, something with teeth, but what I ended up with a story I'm not even sure the author took completely seriously.

One star for the small pieces of decent writing, one star for a character who occasionally breaks down the origins of people's names. Aside from that, this one's a shrug. I thank you for your time.

- t
HASH(0xa096293c) out of 5 stars i cannot understand why Robert Bloch never became a household ... Dec 20 2014
By Maximo - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
i cannot understand why Robert Bloch never became a household word to the American reading public. To me, he outshines all other horror/mystery/suspense writers including King.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa09628e8) out of 5 stars Interesting at first, but ultimately boring. March 18 1999
By A Customer - Published on
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.