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Lost Boy Lost Girl [Paperback]

Peter Straub
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Book Description

1 Oct 2003

A new psychological thriller from the co-author of the massive international No 1 bestseller BLACK HOUSE.

From the ferocious imagination of Peter Straub springs a nerve-shredding new chiller about the persistence of evil.

A woman kills herself for no apparent reason. A week later, her teenage son disappears. The vanished boy’s uncle, Timothy Underhill – familiar to Straub’s readers from Koko and The Throat – is compelled to return to his hometown of Millhaven to discover what he can.

A madman known as the Sherman Park Killer has been haunting the neighbourhood, but Underhill believes that Mark’s obsession with a local abandoned house is at the root of his disappearance.

He fears that in peeling back the house’s hideous secrets, Mark came across its last and greatest secret – a lost girl, one who has coaxed Mark deeper and deeper into her mysterious domain, where he must encounter a fearsome adversary.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (1 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007169787
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007169788
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,957,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘One of the most brilliant and chilling thrillers of modern times.’
Daily Mail

‘Fabulous. The ultimate in storytelling by two masters of the craft.’
Independent on Sunday

‘A new horror epic … impossible to put down once you have started.’
Sunday Express

‘Straub is a master at creating fear out of everyday life.’
Sunday Telegraph

‘No one is better than Straub at having whole communities rocked by the forces of wickedness.’

About the Author

Born in Milwaukee, Peter Straub is the author of fifteen novels, which have been translated into more than twenty languages. He has won the British Fantasy Award, two Bram Stoker awards and two World Fantasy awards. His most recent publications are his acclaimed novel MR X, a collection of short stories, MAGIC TERROR, and BLACK HOUSE, the international bestselling novel that he co-wrote with Stephen King.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is scary!! 3 July 2004
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I loved this book. I started off intending to just read a chapter before bed, but I just could'nt put it down, even though it scared half the life out of me. i won't describe the plot, as I don't want to spoil the surprise, all I can say that this a 'must read' book!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must !! 11 Jan 2004
At last a truly great and genuinely scary thriller. This book is a real gripper from beginning to end, and if you like to be scared than this is the book for you. How many times have you read a review telling you a book is scary only to be sadly disappointed when you read it yourself. Not the case with this book believe me. Stephen King is retiring this year, but if you're a fan of inteligently written prose in this genre you have nothing to fear.With books like these the future of fear is safe in Straub's claw.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Damn, my skin just wouldn't creep 28 Feb 2009
Well, I started "Lost Boy, Lost Girl" with high expectations having been suitably chilled by Straub's "Ghost Story", which certainly did what it said on the tin. But "LBLG"? Sorry, despite my willing it, my skin stayed firmly in place. Strangely, for a horror-yarn, this tale builds towards a relatively happy-ending. Genre-defying? Yes. Scary as a result? No. There just ain't no menace. No dread. The protagonist isn't very afraid as he explores the neighbourhood House of Horrors and as a result, neither are we. Damn...
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