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In the Night Room
by Peter Straub

Category: Fiction / Horror
0 pages; ISBN: 1400062527

Rating: 10/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner


In the Night Room
Peter Straub
Random House, Oct 2004, $21.95, 330 pp.
ISBN: 1400062527

Willy Patrick should be ecstatic as she has found love again with wealthy businessman Michael Faber especially since he has moved her into his mini-mansion in Hendersonia, New Jersey. Still the young adult author has some issues for instance she has to fight herself from busting into a warehouse where she feels her dead daughter waits for her. Defeating the compulsion, Willy returns to her new home only to find pictures of her deceased spouse in a box in Michael’s study, a room she never entered before.

Stunned, she flees to New York. She enters a Barnes & Noble bookstore where horror author Timothy Underhill is providing a reading. Timothy’s life has been unsettled of late since he saw his dead sister’s ghost, communicated by email with a being from another dimension, and meeting an angry angel. When Timothy sees Willy, he recognizes her as the key person to fight evil waiting for them in the house of a deceased serial killer in their hometown of Millhaven.

Not since GHOST STORY and the TALISMAN has Peter Straub written a more terrifying and chilling horror novel than IN THE NIGHT ROOM. The tale uses characters from LOST BOY, LOST GIRL and weaves them into a future story. The protagonist “wrote” that novel, but made a glaring error that needs correction so that there is no leakage between dimensions that could cause a pandemic. Readers will feel for Timothy as he has to pay a steep price to rectify his transgressions. Mr. Straub is at the top of his game with this powerfully pathos and poignant tale.

Harriet Klausner


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