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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,053 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Straub Narrator: Jason Culp Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2004 ISBN: 9780739311875
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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 e-mails 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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt Athanasiou | 2/17/2014

    " 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. "

  • 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rick | 2/16/2014

    " This was mostly excruciating. The premise as something to drive a novel didn't work for me. There were moments in this that worked for me though. The boy detective whose world went gray, the first time we see the angel, email from dead people (which the protagonist started deleting), the old Byzantine guy, and especially the talk with the foster/adoptive mother. But these were all points of light in a drudge for me. So thumbs down overall. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicki Robinson | 2/12/2014

    " Horror fiction at its best "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 2/8/2014

    " Interesting premise: an author struggling with his latest book is horrified to find that they have somehow come to life. Unfortunately the story doesn't live up to the concept. The reader never learns exactly how the characters cross over from the pages of an unfinished novel into the author's world; likewise, the reader doesn't exactly learn how they return to the other side. If you want to read a good book by Straub, read Koko instead. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anita | 1/28/2014

    " 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kristi | 1/17/2014

    " one of the worst books I have ever read "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kelly | 1/14/2014

    " I know the old, "If you don't have anything nice to say..." but never did I want to burn a book more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven Belanger | 1/12/2014

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joe | 1/6/2014

    " 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Doris | 12/31/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kendra | 12/25/2013

    " Confusing beginning, interesting middle, lackluster end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan Solski | 12/19/2013

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Liz | 12/10/2013

    " terrible -- didn't finish "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 10/11/2013

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Seanna | 4/14/2013

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amy Y | 9/16/2012

    " Couldn't even finish it. And this was the second time I've picked it up and tried! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melissa | 8/1/2012

    " Read the whole book and at the end I still didn't understand it. Definitely not a good read in my opinion. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sara | 5/6/2012

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joey | 2/10/2012

    " I thought the plot of this book was great, and it had a lot of potenial, however the authors writing got in the way of it all. What could have been a good book ended up being a convoluted mess with way too many details that didn't need to be there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fishface | 1/17/2012

    " A great, mind-bending fantasy/horror/whodunit in the best tradition of Straubian mindfnck. One wonders how poor Tim Underhill gets through the day under these circumstances. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cambria | 12/8/2011

    " 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 Patrick | 7/28/2011

    " Cool sequel to "Lost Boy Lost Girl" has the hero from the first novel getting e-mails from ghosts, meeting a pissed-off angel, trying to contact his missing/dead nephew, and meeting a woman who is being chased by her dangerous husband. One of the all-time great mind-fucks about 1/3 of the way in. "

  • 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

Jason Culp has been an actor since he was ten years old. He was featured on television in Days of Our Lives and General Hospital, and in the cult film Skinheads. He has narrated a number of audiobooks and has won two AudioFile Earphones Awards.