If You Could See Me Now

If You Could See Me Now

by Peter Straub

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ISBN-13: 9780345438676
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/01/2000
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.65(d)

About 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.


New York City

Date of Birth:

March 2, 1943

Place of Birth:

Milwaukee, Wisconsin


B.A. in English, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1965; M.A., Columbia University, 1966

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If You Could See Me Now 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Refill More than 1 year ago
Not quite as bad as his first published novel, "Marriages" (terrible), and not quite as interesting as his second novel, "Julia" (mildly dull), "If You Could See Me Now" continues Peter Straub’s foray into supernatural storylines, though it’s clear that there is still a lot of improvement needed by him to have an impact on the thriller and horror genres. It’s the story of Miles Teagarden who returns to a small town to fulfill a promise to his cousin to return 20 years after they made a pact. He meets old acquaintances and finds himself haunted by old memories and possibly something more sinister. And that’s about all there is to it. As a character study, this novel does little except for a few scenes where I hoped Miles would wallop the hateful townspeople. I did not care for the town’s characters, but, to be fair, I did not care for Miles either. A loner who antagonizes people, consistently makes bad decisions, and is in love with his own cousin is a difficult person for me to root for or even understand. There wasn’t a single character I liked, and their motivations were often gray to me. A handful of somewhat interesting scenes are not enough to spice up this bland novel. Unless you’re a hardcore Straub fan, I recommend passing on this one. 1.5 stars out of 5
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