lost boy lost girl by Peter Straub
A Novel (Straub, Peter)

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 5 Critic Reviews



A woman commits suicide for no apparent reason. A week later, her son—beautiful, troubled fifteen-year-old Mark Underhill—vanishes from the face of the earth. To his uncle, horror novelist Timothy Underhill, Mark’s inexplicable absence feels like a second death. After his sister-in-law’s funeral, Tim searches his hometown of Millhaven for clues that might help him unravel this mystery of death and disappearance. He soon learns that a pedophilic murderer is on the loose in the vicinity, and that shortly before his mother’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 on Michigan Street whispers from attic to basement with the echoes of a long-hidden true-life horror story, and Tim Underhill 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.

With lost boy lost girl, Peter Straub affirms once again that he is the master of literary horror.

From the Hardcover edition.

About Peter Straub

See more books from this Author
Peter Straub is the New York Times bestselling author of seventeen novels, which have been translated into more than twenty languages. His two collaborations with Stephen King, The Talisman and Black House, were international bestsellers. Two of Peter’s most recent novels, Lost Boy Lost Girl and In the Night Room, were winners of the Bram Stoker award. In 2006, he was given the Horror Writers Association Lifetime Achievement Award. Peter and his wife live in New York City.
Published October 7, 2003 by Random House. 304 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Religion & Spirituality, Crime. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for lost boy lost girl

The Guardian

See more reviews from this publication

Lost Boy, Lost Girl by Peter Straub 304pp, HarperCollins, £17.99 Peter Straub is associated with three things: the early novel Ghost Story, now something of a modern horror classic;

Nov 29 2003 | Read Full Review of lost boy lost girl: A Novel (...

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

This brilliant variation on the haunted house tale distills themes and characters from Straub's long career, including two of the author's most popular creations: Manhattan novelist Tim Underhill (from Koko, Mystery and The Throat) and Tim's friend, legendary private detective Tom Pasmore (from M...

| Read Full Review of lost boy lost girl: A Novel (...

Book Reporter

LOST BOY LOST GIRL is a novel that I fear is going to be lost, if not ignored, in the plethora of releases that greet the autumn season.

Jan 22 2011 | Read Full Review of lost boy lost girl: A Novel (...

Entertainment Weekly

''The only person who sees dead people is Haley Joely Osmond, or whatever his name is,'' Mark Underhill's best friend tells him, but that doesn't stop 15-year-old Mark from poking around a spooky abandoned building in search of spirits who might explain his mother's suicide.

Oct 10 2003 | Read Full Review of lost boy lost girl: A Novel (...

SF Site

Much of the same story is told from the viewpoint of the teenage skateboarder Mark Underhill, the boy who disappears, and his buddy Jimbo, as they explore and discover Millhaven's ghosts and killers.

| Read Full Review of lost boy lost girl: A Novel (...

Reader Rating for lost boy lost girl

An aggregated and normalized score based on 126 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review