If You Could See Me Now

If You Could See Me Now

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by Peter Straub
     
 

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One summer night in 1955, a boy and his cousin plunge naked into the moonlit waters of a rural quarry. Only one of them emerges.
 
Just as he had promised he would on that fateful night two decades earlier, Miles Teagarden--now divorced and a struggling writer--returns to his family home in Arden, Wisconsin. But the landscape he once knew so well has

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One summer night in 1955, a boy and his cousin plunge naked into the moonlit waters of a rural quarry. Only one of them emerges.
 
Just as he had promised he would on that fateful night two decades earlier, Miles Teagarden--now divorced and a struggling writer--returns to his family home in Arden, Wisconsin. But the landscape he once knew so well has turned eerie and threatening. In the small town, his erstwhile friends and rivals, even his blood relatives, view him with suspicion. Their paranoia seems justified when another beautiful blonde teenage girl goes missing—much as his cousin Alison did all those years ago. Miles feels a sinister force is at work, gathering strength. As the anniversary of the tragic night approaches, he begins to fear that Alison will find a way to make their date . . .

Editorial Reviews

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“Suspenseful.” —The New York Times

“An electrifying finish: During the last forty pages my hands were as good as nailed to the book.” —Stephen King
 
“Straub is terrifyingly accomplished in the art of horror.” —Entertainment Weekly
 
“Peter Straub is a national treasure.” —Lawrence Block 

 “You expect the horrifying in the fiction of Peter Straub . . . and you get it.” —The New York Times 

“More than a good storyteller with a talent for scaring readers. He’s a writer who transcends his genre.” —USA Today

“[Straub] is a master at blurring the supernatural, the real-world-scary, and the monsters in your psyche.” —The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)

 “Not since Edgar Allan Poe has an author taken such liberties with his readers’ nerves.” —Cosmopolitan

“Straub’s literary specialty . . . is not dreams but nightmares. . . . He’s particularly adept at the kind of creepy psychological yarn pioneered by Henry James and modernized by Shirley Jackson.” —Salon

“Straub is the master of subtle, smoldering dread.” —People

 “Peter Straub is one of his generation’s best storytellers. . . . [Stephen] King goes for your jugular; Straub goes for your brain.” —Tor.com

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804172851
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/19/2015
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
600,829
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Peter Straub is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books. His many accolades include multiple Bram Stoker Awards, most recently for his novel A Dark Matter; the Barnes & Nobel Writers for Writers award; and Life Achievement awards from the Horror Writers Association and the World Fantasy Awards. Straub was the editor of the two-volume Library of America anthology American Fantastic Tales. He lives in New York City.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York City
Date of Birth:
March 2, 1943
Place of Birth:
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Education:
B.A. in English, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1965; M.A., Columbia University, 1966
Website:
http://www.peterstraub.net

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If You Could See Me Now 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was pretty scary. It runs a little slow at times, but it's good, and the ending is excellent. It's very dark and scary, and the characters are well developed. I read this after reading the Talisman, and I was curious about how Straub writes alone. This book was good, i'll definitely read another and if that one's good, I'll read em all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of Straub's for years and had really high hopes for this story but it fell short in so many ways. Do yourself a favor and skip this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
boring boring boring zzzzzzzzzz