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Lost Boy Lost Girl

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Good Story Found Here

I absolutely LOVED this book. I could not put it down. Straub spins a good tale and keeps the pages turning. The characters within the novel become more complex and real with every page. The teens portrayed in the book are on the money as far as your everyday teens ...
I absolutely LOVED this book. I could not put it down. Straub spins a good tale and keeps the pages turning. The characters within the novel become more complex and real with every page. The teens portrayed in the book are on the money as far as your everyday teens are today. They are not children, but young adults. Each character of the book was shown on all sides to include their self they are to the world, the self they are to their families, and the self they are when alone. The characters seem real. The strained relationships between the Underhill relatives are believeable, and at the end of the book you're left hoping that there is something better waiting for the family after all they have been through. This book won't keep you up at night scared witless, but it will chill you to the bone. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a suspenseful story. Furthermore, I cannot wait to read Straub's 'In the Night Room' which will continue Tim Underhill's story!

posted by Anonymous on June 3, 2005

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Lost Boy, Lost Girl Leaves You Feeling A Little....LOST

Mark Underhill¿s life changed the moment he became obsessed with the abandoned house on Michigan street. Not only did his fascination with the house cause a rift between him and his best friend, but his mother commits suicide soon after he started asking questions about...
Mark Underhill¿s life changed the moment he became obsessed with the abandoned house on Michigan street. Not only did his fascination with the house cause a rift between him and his best friend, but his mother commits suicide soon after he started asking questions about the house. Days after his mother¿ s funeral, Mark goes missing. Much of the story is told from the viewpoint of Mark¿s uncle, Tim Underhill, who immediately became engaged in looking for his missing nephew. Through interviews with Mark¿s best friend, Tim discovers that Mark had been involved with a phantom girl who apparently resides in the dilapidated house before he went missing. Timothy slowly but painstakingly learns that Mark was discovering a connection between the house and his own heritage, and that his obsession with the house is awakening dangers from the past and the present. The plot is actually very simple. Its been done before in numerous other books and movies. But Straub¿s way of flowing the story, shifting viewpoints from one character to another, using both first and third person narrative was well done. But that¿s probably the highlight of the whole book. The ending was a bit far-fetched, with a throw in of new age mysticism and modern technology that seemed out of place. And certain parts of the story ¿ such as Lily/Lucy- just didn¿t make sense. She had appeared before Mark¿s mother as a seething spirit in the form of a little girl, then she transforms herself into the most beautiful nineteen year old to the eyes of Mark. Huh? How¿s that? This part was left completely hanging. And the character of Philip Underhill was just straining¿as if the writer really wanted you to hate him because he was such a cold, unfeeling man who couldn¿t even grief for his dead wife. The only likable person here is Jimbo. He seemed a cool kid, who deep down inside cares for his best friend. If you look at the story as a whole, it is at once a mystery, ghost story, romance, thriller¿a resonant of love, loss, grief and regret. But something just hinders me from enjoying the book entirely.

posted by Anonymous on August 2, 2004

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