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|Free E-pub ☩ Lost Boy Lost Girl ♡ Nancy Underhill commits suicide for no apparent reason A week later, her sonfifteenyearold Markvanishes The boy's uncle, novelist Timothy Underhill, searches his hometown of Millhaven for clues that might help unravel this horrible dual mystery He soon learns that a pedophilic murderer is on the loose in the vicinity, and that shortly before Nancy's suicide, Mark had become obsessed with an abandoned house where he imagined the killer might have taken refuge No mere empty building, the house whispers from basement to attic with the echoes of a long hidden truelife horror story, and Tim comes to fear that in investigating its unspeakable history, Mark stumbled across its last and greatest secret: a ghostly lost girl who may have coaxed the needy, suggestible boy into her mysterious domain


10 thoughts on “Lost Boy Lost Girl

  1. Fabian Fabian says:

    Not an altogether horrible horror novel. It's not, bless us all, the diarrheal trainwreck that was Ghost Story, one of P. Straub's most strikingly overvalued works. No, this one has that Michael Myers-like phobia of the suburbs, of the persons lurking in the house next door. And if the biggest implausibility of a fifteen year old twink having sex with a salacious ghost girl doesn't strike you as too absurd, then the read is worthwhile. But if like me you had expected to come face-to-face with the Dark Man/the Shape/the Boogeyman at the end of this, well, this might not be your type of book.


  2. Dirk Grobbelaar Dirk Grobbelaar says:

    Peter Straub has a way with words. Some people don’t like that. “Too wordy”, they say. Well, I don’t share that sentiment. I could immerse myself in beautiful prose all day long, thank you very much.

    Now.
    lost boy lost girl
    A review.

    Yes I am here, yes I was real. You denied me.

    This is one of the finest examples of literary horror I have ever read. I would like to emphasize that Peter Straub does.not.spoonfeed.his.readers. The “literary” bit is just as important here as the “horror” bit so an appreciation of the art is just as essential as an open mind. This book is plenty creepy, but never resorts to shock tactics; it just sort of sneaks up on you. Although the story is different from, say,
    Ghost Story, the same sense of inevitability seems ...


  3. Zoe Zoe says:

    What's not to like in this book? An all male cast filled with one dimensional stereotypes. A major failing of the Bechdel test. A serial killer sub-plot that goes nowhere. An evil house that does nothing. A story about evil where the only person who dies is a suicide, and that's on page one. A story about a ghost where the ghost who finally shows up just wants to have sex...but off screen, of course. Wouldn't want anything to actually happen in this book, would we?

    In a book of dull and offensive characters, only Mark Underhill stands out as a decently memorable person. His uncle is a famous writer, which means he needs no other personality traits, ever. His father Phillip is a walking steroetype of a racist and msyogonist who can't stop thinking of himself longer than five minutes. There's the stereotypical tough talking cop, the plot device super-private detective friend, in case Tim the famous writer needs an ans...


  4. Sara Sara says:

    For some reason I avoided Peter Straub like the plague until one day in my twenties whilst stuck in Penn Station without a book I happened upon a copy of Lost Boy Lost Girl and out of desperation bought it. I have never looked back and as soon as I finished it I ran out and read everything else the man has written in something like a month.

    Lost Boy Lost Girl is a ghost story but its also a story about surviving unspeakable loss.

    Successful novelist Tim Underhill (a featured player in several of Straub's other works though its not necessary to have read anything else ahead of time) leaves his comfortable NYC loft and artsy friends to return to his childhood home in Millhaven to come to the aid of his horrible brother Mitchell who's wife has just killed herself. Shortly after his return to NYC his beloved nephew Mark goes missing and he returns to his hometown to help in the search. Mark had lately become...


  5. The Behrg The Behrg says:

    This book was electric.

    A ghost story, but not quite a ghost story.
    Mysterious, but not quite a mystery.
    This is a tough book to pigeonhole under a single genre title and, in truth, I found it more literary fiction than anything. (Though of course Straub is known as a horror author). This book accomplished what so few do in the genre however, and was a carefully crafted rubix cube puzzle that continued to unlock a square at a time in a delightfully fulfilling way. The characters were fully realized, dialogue crisp and realistic, but the two things that really made this book stand out were Straub's exquisite prose and the way he played with the timeline.

    This year I've read far too many novels with a present storyline and a past storyline where the two come together at the end. In this novel, the storylines are interwoven to such a degree that they're constantly traipsing over each other but in...


  6. J.D. Barker J.D. Barker says:

    A haunted and inspired tale as only Straub can weave.


  7. Lara Lara says:

    This book is the perfect illustration of why I don't read horror. The author has one mediocre idea, and forcibly bolsters it into a book with flat characters, wooden, implausible dialog and embarassing attempts at proving he did his research on youth culture by tossing in some skate shoe brand names. He's stingy with the scary parts, and if I want blood and gore I better stick with Palahniuk and Brite. I thought it might be fun to read something creepy for October, but I may not be finishing this one. (at least not without rolling my eyes every other page)


  8. Kathrina Kathrina says:

    Mark Underhill is a typical 15-year-old boy living with his mom and dad in a typical Midwest middle-class neighborhood. His dad is an emotionally distant public school vice principal and his enduring mom works the complaints desk at the gas company. Mark likes music, skateboarding, and hanging out with his best friend, Jimbo. But Mark’s regular life takes a turn when he discovers his mother has committed a gruesome suicide in their own bathtub. From this scene on, Straub’s story attempts to terrify readers with supernatural mystique, combining a present-day string of teenage boy abductions with a decades-old backstory of a creepy modified home where lived a serial killing monster. Rape, torture, murder and ghosts all figure in, and Mark’s uncle, Tim, arrives on the scene to assist with narrating the story. Conveniently, Tim is a publishing horror author, so he’s apparently treading familiar ground...

    I’l...


  9. Casey Bartsch Casey Bartsch says:

    Even at the very beginning of my read of this short novel, I was on the road to a five-star review. In the middle, I was just as enthralled. Oh, the places this could go! A little further, and things began to unravel, and by the time I finished the last sentence, we had lost a couple of stars.

    First a quick detailing of the premise, no spoilers yet.

    Lost Boy Lost Girl is about many things. A mother that commits suicide, her husband who is a jackass, her son whose curiosity about the house next door is becoming an obsession, the crime fiction writing uncle who has come back home to attend a funeral and figure out why his nephew is now missing. Also, a kid named Jimbo.

    Different aspects of the plot play out masterfully through different character’s eyes, and the writing here is top notch. The only part of the writing I balk at is the “adolescent” dialog between the two friends, Mark and Ji...


  10. John Wiswell John Wiswell says:

    The unsettling account of the connections between a suicide, a missing boy, a missing girl, a serial killer and a haunted house, Lost Boy Lost Girl is a strange amalgam of parts. Even its narrative is scattered for such a short book, with a heavy emphasis on the uncle of the missing boy. His presence is so dominant (despite him being removed from nearly all of the plot, mostly learning of events after they happen) that the more intimate perspectives that come later feel out of place. Straub summons some truly creepy notions, like a ball of various victims' hair and an MPEG from the afterlife, but a good deal of the book is either unatmospheric and removed from substance (like the needlessly long introduction) or racing to make up for the boring parts. It might have made a better short story if it had just followed a couple of characters and focused on examinations of the haunted house and the spurious sightings. Straub's prose...