Growing up, summer wasn’t complete without a trip to the beach and a handful of Fear Street novels. I can’t even express the wave of nostalgia that came over me was I started in on this ARC- it felt like being in middle school all over again. “The Lost Girl” was just like the R.L. Stine Fear Street novels of my pre-teen-hood, creepy, gruesome and fast-plotted.* While by no means realistic, these books hit the sweet spot of being entertaining but still with some substance. I’m so glad that this author continues to write, and I can’t wait to add his newest works to my collection and one day pass them along to my own children.
“The Lost Girl” takes readers back to Shadyside where the mysterious arrival of a new girl in town is (of course) tied to a series of strange accidents and occurrences. Main character Michael, finds himself drawn to Lizzy, not realizing that a past tragedy from 60 years ago will come back to haunt them. Just as in other Fear Street novels, Shadyside’s dark history has a way of always rearing its ugly head. That said, you won’t really need to know the background of the other books to enjoy “The Lost Girl.”
While as an adult reader I had an inkling of where the story was going to go, I was still pleasantly surprised by the twists and turns of the plot. Clocking in at just under 300 pages, “The Lost Girl” should keep you busy for a few days if you can put it down.
Available for pre-order from Amazon.com and on shelves September 29th, 2015.
*Even now, some of the awful deaths/accidents in his novels still creep me out majorly.
Disclaimer: An ARC of this novel was provided to me for the purpose of review by the publisher.