Series: Fear Street Relaunch #3
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on September 29th 2015
Genres: horror, mystery, Young Adult
Source: Free for Review, Netgalley
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Generations of children and teens have grown up on R.L. Stine's bestselling and hugely popular horror series, Fear Street and Goosebumps. Now, the Fear Street series is back with a chilling new installment, packed with pure nightmare fodder that will scare Stine's avid fan base of teen readers and adults.
New student Lizzy Palmer is the talk of Shadyside High. Michael and his girlfriend Pepper befriend her, but the closer they get to her, the stranger she seemsÂ… and the more attractive she is to Michael. He invites her to join him on a snowmobile race that ends in a tragic accident. Soon, Michael's friends start being murdered, and Pepper becomes convinced that Lizzy is behind the killings. But to her total shock, she and Michael are drawn into a tragic story of an unthinkable betrayal committed over 60 years ago. Frightening and tense in the way that only this master of horror can deliver, The Lost Girl is another terrifying Fear Street novel by the king of juvenile horror.
This book took me way way back to Â my youth. This review will probably date me but that’s fine. Back in the the days of scholastic book order forms, I looked forward to scouring them for R.L. Stine novels. I started reading his books back whenÂ the original Fear Street series was being released and I read every one. This was way back before he started writing Goosebumps but when those came out, I read those too. I remember Say Cheese! as a particular favorite. I was a huge fan in late elementary school and early jr high. R.L. Stine definitely honed my love of horror novels and paved the way for me to fall in love with Stephen King later in life.
I had hoped that reading Lost Girl would be a lot like revisiting my childhood love. My memories of the original Fear Street novels are scary mysteries. Some of the books had paranormal overtones but most were teenage mystery novels with villains hellbent on revenge. Usually the villain was a part of the main characters’ group of friends and they would slowing pick off members of the group, one by one until the final reveal.
This book started off like that as well, following the familiar format that I was expecting. For the most part, I think this book was a great example of the classic Fear Street series. The book bounces between viewpoints in the past and in the present. which I really liked. However I thought that the book’s finale had a very unsatisfying end. I didn’t like the explanation of how some things happened and the complete lack of explanation about other things. I wanted the end to be more explicit and less implied. For a mystery-ish horror novel like this one I really wanted things to be more tied with a bow in the end.
This book left me wondering what happened.