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Straub continues to intrigue me! ( b-o firstname.lastname@example.org),
This review is from: In the Night Room (Hardcover)
In the Night Room definitely isn't the best Straub book I've read, but still manages to keep me wondering, thinking, wanting more. He keeps the readers guessing what will happen next, since
his world of Millhaven seems to have it's own laws of nature, seems to be a wardrobe, through which to enter the spirit world.
The book deals with a complicated plot. Underhill, receiving threats from the evil spirit of serial killer Joseph Kalender, after having published a book about him that depicting him as abuser and killer of his own daughter; suddenly meets the main character of the book he is currently writing..
Could it be more complicated and unbelieavable?
It isn't necessary to have read Lost Boy Lost Girl, the novel where Kalender was first introduced, but I'd say it is imperative that you have indeed read some book/books of Straub's before, or you would soon get lost in the story.
Straub's language is at it's best and it is always scary how his evil characters choose their words. I don't know how he does it, but they always make me shiver.
I must confess that although I like tales of the unnatural, I would prefer Mr Straub not mixing quite so much.
I wish his qualities as a crime story writer, that were so obvious in the Throat and Mystery, would show more. I would like to see Tim Underhill solve other mysterious crimes, without the help of angels and spirits.
All in all, for Straub fans, the book is a must.
For other readers it may be a little hard to digest, but ever so brilliant in it's complications.
Buy it, read it and decide for yourselves!