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Ghost Story by Peter Straub
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Jan 04, 12

bookshelves: mystery, excessive, foreshadowing, fiction

Disclaimer: I haven't finished the book. In fact, I haven't read very much of it at all, but what's with all the excessive foreshadowing? It starts out with a guy and girl he's kidnapped. The girl is strangely passive; I can't get into the guy's head--there's not much going on. But the author uses a foreshadowing device that is just about enough already. I paraphrase: "Suddenly...he was transported back to New York...there was a woman with a dog and he could taste her freckles..." Then, "Again, he found himself back in New York, only this time, instead of the woman with the dog, it was his brother..." Cue scary music here, I don't know what the heck he's talking about but apparently something's going to happen concerning a lady with a dog and his brother. Jeez already. Plus, the girl, who is about seven or eight, speaks too maturely. I didn't find her speech or her character credible. As I said, I haven't read it all but consider this fair warning if you grow tired of excessive and obvious use of plot devices.
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Laura I never comment on other people's reviews, but when I read yours it was very much how I felt at the beginning too! I ended up liking the book alright (3 stars) but just wanted to tell you that the kidnapping and the girl make sense later on. Promise!


Carrie Laura wrote: "I never comment on other people's reviews, but when I read yours it was very much how I felt at the beginning too! I ended up liking the book alright (3 stars) but just wanted to tell you that the ..."

I had a feeling about that. Everyone says this book is so good. I should give it another try. Thank you.


Rebecca tedder Same here. 100 pages in and I may leave it. But I do have a pile of James Herberts to get started on which are proving hard to resist! :)


Mike Beatty The foreshadowing probably makes sense if you read the book, just saying...


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