The bizarre suicide of a woman and the disappearance of her teenage son, Mark, draws the boy's uncle, Timothy Underhill, back to his hometown of Millhaven where his investigation uncovers a neighborhood haunted by the presence of a serial killer and by an abandoned house whose inhabitant, a lost girl, may have lured Mark into her mysterious domain. 100,000 first printing.
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: A woman commits suicide for no apparent reason. A week later, her sonâbeautiful, troubled fifteen-year-old Mark Underhillâvanishes from the face of the earth. To his uncle, horror novelist Timothy Underhill, Markâs inexplicable absence feels like a second death. After his sister-in-lawâs funeral, Tim searches his hometown of Millhaven for clues that might help him unravel this mystery of death and disappearance. He soon learns that a pedophilic murderer is on the loose in the vicinity, and that shortly before his motherâs suicide Mark had become obsessed with an abandoned house where he imagined the killer might have taken refuge. No mere empty building, the house on Michigan Street whispers from attic to basement with the echoes of a long-hidden true-life horror story, and Tim Underhill comes to fear that in investigating its unspeakable history, Mark stumbled across its last and greatest secret: a ghostly lost girl who may have coaxed the needy, suggestible boy into her mysterious domain.
With lost boy lost girl
, Peter Straub affirms once again that he is the master of literary horror.