In the Night Room

In the Night Room

by Peter Straub
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In the Night Room 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
SoonerOK More than 1 year ago
I have read a lot of Peter traub's books and this as probably one of the worst. Disjointed and disconneed - I had to start over a few times and was constatntly saying - where am I?? I just couldn't put this all together. He has written much better books - for good PS stories, pick something else - pass on this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once again Peter Straub comes through with a well thought story. While amateur readers may have a hard time following what is going on I thoroughly enjoyed the twists and turns in his plot. I purchased In the Night Room without being aware of lost boy, lost girl which I think will be another good read. Having been hooked into becoming a Straub fan after he co-authored the Talisman with Stephen King, I have enjoyed everything of his I have read to some degree or another and have never been let down by his work. I am an extensive and voracious reader and feel well equipped to write reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While it was excellently written, I couldn't really get into it. The writing, at times, was almost too dense to really delve into. I suspect that after 20 years of reading S. King, I expected the language to be similar. At times it was, but 'Straub' delivers more an an intellectual read...and I just wanted the familiar. I didn't finish it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Starts off a little confusing but once you understand what is going on it's a pretty good book; not his best though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book. It kept me hooked until the end and I would recommend this for others to purchase.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very involved ties up a few things about loso boy/lost girl yet creats new plot
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Guest More than 1 year ago
When I read Lost Boy, Lost Girl, i was glad and worried for Peter Straub at the same time. Because the book was great, & I was afraid he was never gonna be able to do better. Fortunatly, i was wrong. Here it is : IN THE NIGHT ROOM, better than the best. Thanks Peter keep on writing!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Willy Patrick should be ecstatic as she has found love again with wealthy businessman Michael Faber especially since he has moved her into his mini-mansion in Hendersonia, New Jersey. Still the young adult author has some issues for instance she has to fight herself from busting into a warehouse where she feels her dead daughter waits for her. Defeating the compulsion, Willy returns to her new home only to find pictures of her deceased spouse in a box in Michael¿s study, a room she never entered before............................... Stunned, she flees to New York. She enters a Barnes & Noble bookstore where horror author Timothy Underhill is providing a reading. Timothy¿s life has been unsettled of late since he saw his dead sister¿s ghost, communicated by email with a being from another dimension, and meeting an angry angel. When Timothy sees Willy, he recognizes her as the key person to fight evil waiting for them in the house of a deceased serial killer in their hometown of Millhaven................................ Not since GHOST STORY and the TALISMAN has Peter Straub written a more terrifying and chilling horror novel than IN THE NIGHT ROOM. The tale uses characters from LOST BOY, LOST GIRL and weaves them into a future story. The protagonist ¿wrote¿ that novel, but made a glaring error that needs correction so that there is no leakage between dimensions that could cause a pandemic. Readers will feel for Timothy as he has to pay a steep price to rectify his transgressions. Mr. Straub is at the top of his game with this powerfully pathos and poignant tale......................... Harriet Klausner
CymLowell More than 1 year ago
Imagine that you are a writer discovering the personalities of the characters that you have created or which have evolved as you unearthed your story. Is it possible that you could fall in love with a character, who could appear to be a dream come true as he or she emerges from the mists of your mind? Or maybe the protagonist has come from such a dreadful place that you want to find a way to salve the miseries in her or his soul. And what if you were so entranced with the intersection of fiction and reality that you wanted to merge the milieu to bring the fictional characters into your own world of supposed reality? This is the road that Peter Straub masterfully traverses in his thought-provoking, excellent novel In the Night Room. The story could appear to be a mystery or an expose of the day-to-day realities of a prominent writer, sometimes pursued by sycophantic fans. Or it could be a romance as the hero of the story, a famous author of course, falls in love with the woman who is the heroine and who, herself, is a well known author. The story lines of each of these stories emerge in clever sequence. I found myself wondering what was real vs. imagination of the various writers. As a writer, one inevitably becomes involved with characters, provided that they have reality to the writer. How could this not be the case, as one seeks to understand the motivations and actions of the personalities that provide life to an otherwise dull background narrative. "Story-within-story" is a well accepterd means of storytelling. My own favorite is Willa Cather's adventure set within The Professor's House. In In the Night Room, Mr. Straub takes this an interesting step further to blend the stories into a fascinating narrative. If you enjoy envisioning how writer's write and think as they compose their stories, as I do for sure, you will be as fascinated with this book as was I.
MaGicAllyGeNuisJ More than 1 year ago
In the night room, isn't a sequel to the great novel Lost Boy, Lost Girl. But its what you called a connector, meaning it is somehow connected to Lost Boy, Lost Girl. In this particular book Tim Underhill is a famous writer,working on his latest invention. He's still haunted by his nephew's disappearance and he still has trouble dealing with the events surrounding his disappearance. He's also receiving strange e-mails from what seems to be an angel, weird cryptic messages that are telling him that his last book angered the other world, something he must now remedy. Meanwhile, Willy is still haunted by the death of her husband and daughter. But when she realizes that the man she is now supposed to marry might have murdered her ex-husband, her whole world tumbles down into oblivion. The two stories connect and collide eventually, but it collides in away that you never see COMING. But I cant explain anymore, cause if I do it will be damper to the story. Peter Straub went all out with this story. The creativity and the collaboration of the book is phenomenal.