[Review] The Lost Girl

Friday, August 28, 2015

Title: The Lost Girl

Series: Fear Street Relaunch #3

Author: R.L. Stine

Genre: Young Adult, Horror

Publishing: September 29, 2015

Source: Copy provided by NetGalley

Quicklinks: Amazon | 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.
As a kid, I used to do my best to avoid watching Goosebumps on television. Hell, I even feared to watch Are You Afraid of the Dark? because I was not a fan of horror. However, even though I did my best to avoid Goosebumps, I always found myself watching it. I'm not a huge R.L. Stine follower, but as soon as I saw this on NetGalley, I just had to pick it up and see what he's been doing for his fans that, like me, grew up with him in their lives. 

Now at twenty-four, I've grown a liking to the horror genre and decided to delve back into my childhood with this book. In fact, I was really freaking excited to start reading this. 

The Lost Girl is at first, a gruesome and chilling read. I say at first because it seems to mild itself out throughout the rest of the book. When I think of the horror genre, I think that I'll be scared shitless, but then I realize that I still really have no idea what the hell I'm talking about. I'm still a noob when it comes to horror books. Technically, I'm used to watching Markiplier play horror games with jumpscares, etc. One thing I look for when reading horror is the creepiness factor. If it's not creepy and making my skin crawl, it's not the best. With The Lost Girl, there were several points where the creep factor was definitely turned on. 

I really loved the connection between the past and the future dates... loved the characters and the plot. I even enjoyed the twist at the end (though I had an inkling of what the truth was, I was still somewhat surprised). There were a lot of points in the book where I couldn't hold in my surprise or my whole "HOLY SHIT WHAT" type of exclamations. Know that I do tend to read at work sometimes and it was really hard not to scare customers by screaming that crap while reading it. 

As said above, I'm still technically a noob when it comes to reading the horror genre, but I don't know if it's all those horror games catching up to me and making it hard for me to scare, but this book definitely came off as a mild type of horror. I wasn't scared, but I was most certainly intrigued and creeped out at points. 

The Lost Girl is a great read and R.L. Stine knows how to keep people invested in reading. It was really hard for me to put down the book because I just had to find out what was going on and where it was all leading to. I actually started this book earlier this morning around 10AM and finished it at about 7PM. Know that if I wasn't working, this would have been read a lot earlier haha. No, but seriously. :)

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