Lost Boy Lost Girl

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Thorndike Press, 2004 - Fiction - 468 pages
A New York Times Bestselling AuthorA woman kills herself for no apparent reason. A week later, her teenage son vanishes. Horror novelist Timothy Underhill, the boy's uncle, feels compelled to discover what happened. Though a pedophilic murderer is on the loose, Underhill believes that Mark's obsession with a local abandoned house is at the root of his disappearance. He fears that in investigating the house's unspeakable history, Mark stumbled across its last and greatest secret.

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User Review  - jjaylynny - LibraryThing

This must be the year for rereads. I just love this creepy little story; not sure if it's the setting (a barely-disguised Milwaukee), the strange setup, the recurring character from another of Straub's books. I like this Peter Straub, an effective writer, before he went off the rails. Read full review

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User Review  - ladyofunicorns - LibraryThing

I was very disappointed in this book. Usually Straub's writing is not like this. It was mediocre. I like some of his other books so that is why I picked this one up. It wasn't that scary. Not much of it to like. Definitely not going to keep. Read full review



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Author Peter Straub was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1943. He earned degrees in English from the University of Wisconsin and Columbia University. He taught English at his former high school for three years and worked for a time on his doctorate in Ireland. He began writing in 1969 and published two books of poetry in 1972. His novel Julia (1975) was an attempt to find a successful genre in which to work, after his first novel, Marriages (1973), did not sell well. He found that he had a talent for writing horror thrillers in the Gothic tradition. His stories are complex and well paced, with authentic settings that add to the believability of the plot. He is particularly good at creating grotesque characters and gruesome situations; the eeriness of his work is captivating. He has won numerous awards including the British Fantasy Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and the World Fantasy Award.

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