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2.81 out of 52.81 out of 52.81 out of 52.81 out of 52.81 out of 5 2.81 (37 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Straub Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2004 ISBN: 9781415918517
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In his latest soul-chilling novel, bestselling author Peter Straub tells of a famous children’s book author who, in the wake of a grotesque accident, realizes that the most basic facts of her existence, including her existence itself, have come into question.

Willy Patrick, the respected author of the award-winning young-adult novel In the Night Room, thinks she is losing her mind—again. One day, she is drawn helplessly into the parking lot of a warehouse. She knows somehow that her daughter, Holly, is being held in the building, and she has an overwhelming need to rescue her. But what Willy knows is impossible, for her daughter is dead.

On the same day, author Timothy Underhill, who has been struggling with a new book about a troubled young woman, is confronted with the ghost of his nine-year-old sister, April. Soon after, he begins to receive eerie, fragmented emails that he finally realizes are from people he knew in his youth—people now dead. Like his sister, they want urgently to tell him something. 

When Willy and Timothy meet, the frightening parallels between Willy’s tragic loss and the story in Tim’s manuscript suggest that they must join forces to confront the evils surrounding them.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[In the Night Room] offers a combination of gripping plot, well-drawn characters, and philosophical depth…A rewarding read for horror junkies and deep thinkers alike.”

    Bookmarks Magazine

  • “Moving briskly while ranging from high humor to the blackest dread, this is an original, astonishingly smart and expertly entertaining meditation on imagination and its powers; one of the very finest works of Straub’s long career, it’s a sure bet for future award nominations.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Inventive and moving.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mark | 2/17/2014

    " OK, I read popular books to find out what makes a book popular. One thing that makes a book popular is to be written by an author who is already popular. Thus, reading the book is a waste of time. I stopped reading this story (at the big long weird email for those who care) and am not going to bother with it any more. Whatever made Straub famous, this book would have been unpublishable except for that reputation and market access. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorraine Norris | 2/16/2014

    " Slow first half, interesting when Willy n Tim meet up. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sara | 2/14/2014

    " I do not get this book. Very slow read. Too much going on at once. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/8/2014

    " This is an older book that I picked up at the local library sale for $1. really enjoyed it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mommyk8 | 2/6/2014

    " This book was terrible, more like three half completed books poorly stitched together. I had to force myself to finish it. Total let down after lost girl lost boy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joe | 2/4/2014

    " I never identified with the characters, I never cared what happened to them. Plus, it took me 100 pages just to figure out Willy was one of Tim's characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lrclark83 | 2/2/2014

    " I picked this up as an audio book at the library on a whim and wasn't sure I would like it. And I'm still not sure after listening to the whole book. I think I liked it, although I originally had assumed it was a murder mystery and it ended up being much more fantastical. I liked the storyline although I felt at times like I had missed something in the audio but, upon rewinding, found that I hadn't. There were many twists and turns in the plot and many gaps and although I enjoyed the story that was there, I missed the story that wasn't. At the risk of giving away too much, I won't go into the missing details but I was definitely left wanting more of an explanation about many of the events and characters. Basically, this book left me feeling unsure. I do want to read more by Straub after listening to this book but feel cheated by the abrupt ending of In the Night Room as I felt there could be several hundred more pages of explanation! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Doris | 1/9/2014

    " I was expecting something scarier and it seemed like you need to have read one of his other books to really get this one. The entire idea of the book was not very well-developed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lil' Grogan | 11/9/2013

    " Hard to rate. Enjoyed the setup - the disorientation, signs that something was off. When I got the joke, it was cute, but kind of obnoxiously funny. Then, it fizzled out. I guess it was a good tease. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 8/16/2013

    " I wanted to enjoy this story. It was an interesting concept... A lot of it felt kind of "flat" to me though. & the ending? Not so much. Moving onto Ghost Story. I remember enjoying Peter Straub so much in the past & these past two didn't do much for me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kristi | 8/4/2013

    " one of the worst books I have ever read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kendra | 7/18/2013

    " Confusing beginning, interesting middle, lackluster end. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Seanna | 5/27/2013

    " Confusing and an over-use of analogies. Boring. Not a bad book, just not my style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anita | 2/20/2013

    " Better than lost boy lost girl. But, man, I am done with Peter Straub. The ending was just about as bad as lost boy lost girl's ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan Solski | 1/21/2013

    " This one was less of a jaunt then "A Dark Matter", and contained an interesting concept to play upon with the two main characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott Breslove | 10/2/2012

    " Another book I waited to damn long to review, and any thing I did now wouldn't do it justice, so...if anyone actually reads these things, sorry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim Higgs | 7/17/2012

    " Excellent! I wish I had read Lost Boy, Lost Girl first (I didn't realize until now that this was a sequel) but really like it anyway! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Liz | 3/6/2012

    " terrible -- didn't finish "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeymei | 1/24/2012

    " ...interesting.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 1/10/2012

    " A novel so devastatingly powerful and beautiful that it left me in tears. Quite likely one of the best books I have ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee | 6/29/2011

    " Quick summer read. I do not usually read horror but this had a few interesting stylistic elements that made it interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicki Robinson | 5/7/2011

    " Horror fiction at its best "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 4/30/2011

    " this theme of interacting with the characters in the book you wrote is popping up more. i think this was worth reading because the end was good but i didnt follow all the twists and turnss along the way. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Seanna | 4/24/2011

    " Confusing and an over-use of analogies. Boring. Not a bad book, just not my style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 4/20/2011

    " Story within a story within a story. When I began the book, I thought, I prefer lost boy, lost girl. Toward the middle, I thought, how could I ever prefer lost boy, lost girl over this? At the end, I thought, thank you for Cyrax. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/12/2011

    " I found this book interesting because of the premise. Peter Straub is one of my favorite horror/fantasy writers "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeremy | 11/21/2010

    " Sequel to Lost Boy, Lost Girl. Good sequel. Hope he continues with the story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Elaine | 10/17/2010

    " It started out well enough, but went downhill all of a sudden... got too cliché and all... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cambria | 8/15/2010

    " A good mind-bender :-) Though Straub tends to be self-referential in his books, the character of Tim Underhill is a brilliant creation. Best Underhill book is still Koko, IMHO. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 7/28/2010

    " Just finished In The Night Room by one of my favorite authors, Peter Straub, last night. If you liked his collaborations with Stephen King (The Talisman and Black House), then you should enjoy In The Night Room. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kendra | 7/22/2010

    " Confusing beginning, interesting middle, lackluster end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven | 7/13/2010

    " Solid, creepy, and well-stylized. Straub's just a good writer, no matter what the genre. He could've written in any genre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 6/28/2010

    " This is an older book that I picked up at the local library sale for $1. really enjoyed it! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kristi | 6/25/2010

    " one of the worst books I have ever read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mommyk8 | 5/9/2010

    " This book was terrible, more like three half completed books poorly stitched together. I had to force myself to finish it. Total let down after lost girl lost boy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darlene | 2/14/2010

    " I liked this book as a follow up to lost boys and lost girls, but not as much as that book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 12/24/2009

    " A novel so devastatingly powerful and beautiful that it left me in tears. Quite likely one of the best books I have ever read. "

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About the Author
Author Peter Straub

Peter Straub is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels. He has won the Bram Stoker Award for his two of his novels and a short story collection, 5 Stories; he has also won a World Fantasy Award and an International Horror Guild Award. He received a BA in English at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and an MA from Columbia University.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.