May 18, 08
Read in May, 2008
I actually read this because of The Talisman, which Straub co-wrote with Stephen King. As you can tell by looking over my reading history, I'm a bit of a King junkie, so it seemed natural that I should try out Peter Straub and see how I liked him.
Turns out that he's fucking awesome. I'd been in a little bit of a reading slump before picking up this book, and it has got me thoroughly back into reading. It's hard to describe because so many things happen, and I admit I was expecting something supernatural. Instead, I got a really solid, really fucked up thriller in which all of the plot points were neatly - and believably - tied up.
Besides that, Straub writes a great female lead, and doesn't muck up the story line with unnecessary romance or sex. There was no sweeping love story, the troubled marriage wasn't saved, and the romantic subplot didn't even pop up until the last page of the book, leaving it up to the reader to decide what happens.
Also, you can't go wrong with a serial killer villain that knows his cosmetics.