Title: The Lost Girl: A Fear Street Novel
Author: R.L. Stine
Publication: September 29, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Genre: Teen & YA Fiction, Thriller
Synopsis: (From Goodreads)
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 seems… 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.
**A copy of this book was provider by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**
About a year ago I heard R.L. Stine was going to be releasing some new books. My inner middle-schooler squealed with delight. I remember days spend laying on my bed just consuming book after book. They were so fun to read. R.L. Stine presents a world slightly altered from reality and sends you through twists and turns in all his books. I was pleasantly surprised when reading “The Lost Girl” to find the same writing style and suspense from years back.
The Lost Girl follows two individual’s stories. The first is that of Elizabeth Palmieri from 1950. A young girl of just 16 who’s family is opening a brand new ranch, only to have confrontations from owners of a competing ranch. The other side of the story is Michael, a teenager from Shadyside High who spends his time with friends and girlfriend Pepper. He is befriended by new student, Lizzy Palmer, who seems to enrapture him to the point of making stupid and careless decision. After an accident, the victim starts making threatening phone calls and picking off Michael’s friends one by one. An absolute page turner. The entire time I was waiting for the other shoe to drop. Stine proves he still knows how to keep us on the edge of our seat. I loved the connection I felt as a reader to Michael. He was a good soul that had to face some tough decisions. Stine made Lizzy just strange enough where you liked her but you couldn’t shake the feeling that something was off about her.
This book will appeal to those who fell in love with Stine decades ago and their children. He hooks himself in to those who grew up loving his books and latches on to a whole new generation of readers. “The Lost Girl” makes reading fun and interesting with a scary twist. This novel keeps you on the edge of your seat and wanting more. You’ll learn to love some characters, questions others, and understand where some are coming from with their feelings. Stine tied family, friends, and love into 200+ pages of pure entertainment. An absolute must read if you’ve ever picked up a Fear Street or Goosebumps book by R.L. Stine before or if you are simply looking for a fun, mysterious read. He stood true to who he was as a writer and brought us some great new characters. Five out of five stars well deserved for the amazing R.L. Stine.
Pick up “The Lost Girl” on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or a bookstore near you when it releases on September 29th. Also add it to your TO READS section on Goodreads. I highly recommend you also swing over to RLStine.com for information on all his books, old and new, and where to buy them. Read them all. They are amazing!