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The dead are returning to haunt one very strange author.
on 28 August 2015
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.