Book Review: The Lost Girl
ashley | I grew up reading R.L. Stines’s Fear Street books, and I tell you, they invoked a ton of fear in my teenage self. So stumbling on the ARC of a new Stine book, The Lost Girl, I thought I’d indulge for nostalgia’s sake. I’m over 30 now, there’s no way I will be as scared of these books as I was back then, right? RIGHT?
Things started off on a good note before quickly turning dark, as is expected. The story starts out in the 1950s with a murder on a horse ranch and a missing girl and then flips to a strange new girl showing up in the present day small town Shadyside. Going back and forth from past to present, Stine works his horror magic laying out for us the atrocities that befall this small town.
This has a real I Know What You Did Last Summer feel; where a group of kids are hunted by a man they thought they accidentally killed. It all plays out kind of how you would expect, but there are a few little twists at the end that took me by surprise, which I was happy for.
The good news is I can finally handle reading books with some pretty horrific things happening. There are some graphic scenes and some creepy elements to this story and it all played out in a suspenseful build, but I think I’m finally at a point where I can make it through a Fear Street book without having nightmares. I think.
September 29, 2015