by Peter Straub


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Julia by Peter Straub

Julia’s first purchase upon leaving her husband is a large, old-fashioned house in Kensington, where she plans to live by herself, well away from her soon-to-be-ex and the home where their young daughter died. She feels a peculiar affinity for the house right away, a feeling that deepens with each glimpse of a mysterious little girl—blond, like her daughter—in the neighborhood, and even in her dreams
But the little girl and the big house have an inexplicable aura of evil. And Julia quickly discovers that escaping her past is not as simple as turning a key.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804172837
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/23/2014
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 823,133
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(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 & Noble 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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Julia 2.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's rushed and kind of pointless. Lots of plot points that go nowhere.
Refill More than 1 year ago
Well, I guess that was an okay ending. Peter Straub’s second published novel (his second written novel was "Under Venus", but that wasn’t published until the mid-1980’s) takes a much different route than his first, the mess of a debut novel titled "Marriages". This time around he gave us "Julia", a ghost story where the title character fears her dead daughter is manifesting herself through another little girl. It’s often terrifically written with some good dialogue and creepiness that builds up as the pages roll on. We are introduced to some interesting characters along the way, and it had me guessing throughout. That’s why the conclusion left such a bitter taste as I anticipated a big reveal and instead got an unshocking rush of events that were not presented well. Still, the book is an interesting read and a nice update on the haunted house genre. If you can deal with a handful of disturbing scenes involving children (especially one macabre child), then it’s worth a read. Just don’t get your hopes up for a satisfying ending. 3 stars out of 5
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Locked out? Fail! Next res or something lol