"great horror tale"
Phillip Underhill doesn't have a clue what is going on in
his own home. His wife Nancy, usually a cheerful person,
is getting more withdrawn by the day and the only one who
notices it is their son Mark. Phillip doesn't realize that
she is remembering a time when her cousin by marriage asked
for help for her and her daughter and she refused to give
it. When Mark isn't worrying about his mother, he is
obsessing about the house on 3323 North Michigan Street.
His mother warns him to stay away from the house but
neglects to tell him that once was owned by her cousin, a
notorious serial killer. When Mark breaks into the house
she senses it and commits suicide. Mark explores the house
finding secret rooms, tunnels and staircases. He also
senses the presence of someone in the house and tells his
best friend before he disappears. The police think he's
the victim of a serial killer but Mark's uncle Tim believes
that he met with a different fate.
From the very beginning LOST BOY LOST GIRL has an eerie
gothic atmosphere and as the plot moves forward the tale
becomes even spookier. There are two parallel sub-plots
involving a serial killer and a ghost that never intersect,
leaving readers to ponder Mark's fate throughout the
novel. Timothy Underhill, who also appeared in KOKO AND
THE THROAT, plays a vital role in this horror thriller. He
is the one who puts together Mark's actions during his last
days and comes to a conclusion that emotionally
satisfies his belief system. Peter Straub continues to
write great horror novels that engage his myriad of fans.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted September 4, 2003