Lost Boy Lost Girl
By Peter Straub
(Ballantine Books, Mass Market Paperback, 9780449149911, 368pp.)
Publication Date: September 28, 2004
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A woman commits suicide for no apparent reason. A week later, her son– fifteen-year-old Mark Underhill–vanishes. His uncle, novelist Timothy Underhill, searches his hometown of Millhaven for clues that might help unravel this horrible dual mystery. He soon learns that a pedophilic murderer is on the loose in the vicinity, and that shortly before his mother’s suicide, Mark had become obsessed with an abandoned house where he imagined the killer might have taken refuge. No mere empty building, the house whispers from attic to basement with the echoes of a long-hidden true-life horror story, and Tim Underhill comes to fear that in investigating its unspeakable history, Mark stumbled across its last and greatest secret: a ghostly lost girl who may have coaxed the needy, suggestible boy into her mysterious domain.
WINNER OF THE BRAM STOKER AWARD
“lost boy lost girl may be the best book of [Peter Straub’s] career.”
“EERIE, UNNERVING, AND CONCISE . . .
DARK AND SURPRISINGLY MOVING.”
–The Miami Herald
“A lost boy and a lost girl, a serial killer and a haunted house, a suicide and a kidnapping–Straub’s masterful tale of ultrahorror is all that and a bag of chips!”
–Entertainment Weekly (The Must List)
“[A] wonderful webwork of a book . . . It’s funny, and heartwarming, and genuinely scary.”
–The New York Times Book Review