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In the Night Room Hardcover – 1 Oct 2004

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Random House (Oct. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400062527
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400062522
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.9 x 24.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,242,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PRAISE FOR PETER STRAUB:
‘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.’
Observer

PRAISE FOR LOST BOY LOST GIRL:
'Lost Boy Lost Girl is intense and yet measured; serious and melancholy at times, but also humorous. Straub's prose has a tart clarity that allows him to delineate the muddiness of life with great economy and richness. He has a superb ear for dialogue, both spoken and silent. He is adept, too, with ambiguity; the emotional blur of the real world, of our tentative and ambivalent responses to each other and the things we do. These qualities create an atmosphere that lingers like the novel's own ghost, and Straub achieves this invisibly, in the background. He doesn't insist you notice how intelligent and subtle the novel is, and you don't: you merely appreciate how good a time you're having, and that you don't want it to stop.' Michael Marshall, Guardian

'Stephen King's mate and co-author puts the monster master into the shade. This'll have you anxiously contemplating the shadows' Mirror

'Mr Straub's latest is an unusually taut, dynamic, spooky display of horror expertise, and its story is deftly told.' New York Times

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Peter Straub was a recommended to me for his meta narrative tricks. Timothy Underhill appears in a number of his books, but often as a different character. Each book is another interpretation of reality. In this story Timothy Underhill was the writer of Lost Boy Lost Girl, but the dead man he cast as a murderer in his book has returned from the spirit world for revenge. Now Timothy Underhill has to find out what really happened to the little girl and set the record straight, with only his dream woman for company.

This is a clever book, maybe too clever and if you enjoy the Dean Koontz/Stephen King brand of 'spiritual triumph' over horror stories you will like where this goes. I get the impression that this story would get more nuanced the more Straub books you read. Lost Boy Lost Girl is a real novel, but in this story, it's a fictional version of the events in this book. Eventually one would experience a multiverse of Timothy Underhills all living parallel lives. As a stand alone it's good spooky fun and enough to get me to look out for more Peter Straub.
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Peter Straub is an author who is intellectual and very slightly weird. He uses a theme, a parallel universe, and repeats it through stories which might seem unrelated but which actually roll off the back of one another. He is such a difficult author to review.

In 'The Night Room' Straub again uses the character of Timothy Underhill, also featured in Koko, Lost boy, Lost girl and others, as a portal between the real world and one that seems real but is far from it. Underhill flits around these novels and skips between time frames. In here he's the author of a novel whose 'bad guy' character has escaped from an alternative realm into the real world, maybe, and is out for revenge. Unfortunately; Underhill meets up with Winnie, another character created in the same novel, and they are both at risk which is a shame because she is his dream girl....in more ways than one.

What to do?. Possibly ask the spirit of your dead family for help?. They're appearing all over the place so that might be a possibility. Whatever happens; it's up to Underhill to wipe up the mess, solve the riddle and put the shadows back in the box with Winnie working alongside but; it's not that simple. Nothing is ever simple for Peter Straub or his fans!.

At times Straub is just too clever while at others the plot reads as if got bored and wandered off. Every so often he hit a vein of form good enough to drag me back in. If I'm being honest 'In the Night Room' isn't Straub's best work and I struggled. Not scary, though it has a few spooky moments, and the plot spins off too far and becomes oddly surreal - not in a good way.
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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!
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If you have never read Peter Straub before then DO NOT START WITH THIS BOOK! Peter Straub is a wonderful writer, but i think he must have been on ketamine when he produced this. I could say a number of things about it, but the most important thing was that i just didn't buy it.
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I was excited to find this book about Tim Underhill a character dear to me from other books by Peter Strain. Although the book is a good stand alone, it was spoiled for me
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