Book Reviews of In the Night Room

In the Night Room
In the Night Room
Author: Peter Straub
ISBN-13: 9781400062522
ISBN-10: 1400062527
Publication Date: 10/26/2004
Pages: 352
Rating:
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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3.4 stars, based on 46 ratings
Publisher: Random House
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 3
This novel picks up where lost boy lost girl left off. A good work of fiction that leaves the reader pondering for days after reading it.
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Peter Straub is unique in that you never know what to expect in each book. This one caught me off guard, completely.
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I guarantee, you will NOT want to put this one down until you've read every single page! Twists and turns and you'll wonder what's the reality and what isn't.
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confusing at first, then comes the twist and you understand!
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This was an enjoyable and quick-read, but not among Straub's best... and I've had about enough of writers-writing-about-writers, it's become predictable. King has a tendency to do this as well and when you are such a talented artist you shouldn't have to resort to such played out writing tactics. I know you're supposed to write what you know, but at this point in his career he should be challenging himself more.
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New Book. This is to me one of Peter Straub's most interesting books.
It has a great story line. But you must follow it closely. This is not one you can read a little and put down for a while. It is Winner of the Bram Stoker Award.
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Little too wierd for me...about a man that writes a book and the characters come to life.
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A real page-turner, with surprises that kept me on the edge! You will enjoy this one if you like riddles, anagrams, and the space between reality and fantasy.
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A good story with some creepy undertones in the plot. Authors creating living characters and such. Kinda sad, but a good read.
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I greatly enjoyed some of Straub's earlier work, and listened to the book which precedes this one, Lost Boy/Lost Girl with enjoyment. However, although some of the interesting ideas from Lost Boy continue into this book, I felt that Straub was writing this book more for himself, or to prove something to himself about his abilities and his artistry. I had great difficulty getting into the book, and when I did, I found the constant references to Lost Boy irritating.

I think Straub bit off more than he could chew in this book. I have the feeling that he was trying to express his relationship to writing as an author, and how much of himself goes into his characters, and whether his writing shapes his reality, or does his reality shape his writing, or are they co-influential, but it seems to all go wrong and end up in a muddle.

If you're looking for good horror where the symbolism of author/audience/characters is fully thought out while at the same time scaring the pants off you, I'd suggest you read Stephen Kings Bag of Bones.
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this books is all over the place, I recommend slow paced reading.
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A wonderful, intense, page turner of a read....
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"SO IMAGINATIVE, INTRICATE, AND ELECTRIFYING that readers will be tempted to race through the novel."
-Associated Press

Willy Patrick, respected author of the award-winning novel In the Night Room, thinks she is losing her mind. She is drawn helplessly into the parking lot of a warehouse, knowing somehow that her daughter, Holly, is being held in the building. But this is impossible-Willy's daughter is dead.

On that 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 from people he knew in his youth-people now dead. Like his sister, they want urgently to tell him something. When Willy and Tim 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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Great story. Page turner.
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Willy Patrick thinks that she is losing her mind.She is drawn helplessly into the parking lot of a warehouse, where she thinks her daughter Holly is being held. But its impossible, Holly is dead.

On that same day, author Tim Underhill, is confronted by the ghost of his 9 yr old sister, April. Soon after, he begins to receive eerie emails from people he knew in his youth - people now dead. Like his sister, they want to urgently tell him something. When Willy and Tim meet, the frightening parrelels between their tragic losses suggest that they join forces to confront the evils surrounding them.
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A very good read and an interesting concept.
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this book was a great read ,didnt want to put it down
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Good book. Took me a while to get into but once I did I couldn't put it down.
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Willy Patrick, respected author of the award-winning novel: In the Night Room, thinks she is losing her mind. She is drawn helplessly into the parking lot of a warehouse, knowing somehow that her daughter, Holly, is being held in the building. But this is impossible-Willy's daughter is dead.

On that 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 from people he knew in his youth-people now dead. Like his sister, they want urgently to tell him something. When Willy and Tim 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 surronding them.
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A powerful and arresting foray into the dark fantastic
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Very creepy. Loved it.
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good overall book hard to follow at times
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Excellent book!! Keeps you on the edge of your seat.
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Loved it
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Imaginative thriller that I could not put down! A fun ride with an unexpected twist. Another good one from Peter Straub!
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EXCELLENT!!!!!
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"A lost boy and a lost girl, a serial killer and a haunted house, a suicide and a kidnapping-Straub's Masterful Tale of Ultra Horror is all that and a bag of chips --- Entertainment Weekly
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 youg 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 sugggest that thy must join forces to confront the evils surrounding them.
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It just sits here waiting for a new home