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In a house in London a woman starts a new life, trying to put tragedy behind her. Then a pretty blonde child runs into view, bringing with her an inexplicable suggestion of evil.

Once Julia Lofting had a husband and a daughter. But everything has changed since she bolted from her marriage, in flight from the unbearable truth of her daughter's death. For Julia, there is no e
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Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Published July 5th 2000 by Ballantine Books (first published 1975)
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Edward Lorn
Sep 20, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paperbacks
Julia is my first Peter Straub read in over a decade. I came across a bulk lot of his books on Ebay, all of his novels in paperback for less than eight bucks, and couldn't help myself. I'd previously read Ghost Story and Koko, and loved both, but I find myself in a dark gray area with Julia.

What started as one hell of a creepy ride soon became an exercise in tedium. All the book's major questions are answered around the halfway mark, but I trudged along anyway, because I was invested in the stor
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Karl
This slipcased hardcover edition is numbered 40 of 200 produced and is signed by:

Peter Straub
T.M. Wright (introduction)
Marcela Bolivar (cover)
Rodger Gerberding (interior illustrations)
Rebecca McNutt
Dec 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Julia isn't a modern horror novel racing with flesh-eating zombies or vampire romance or evil imaginary friends; it is a ghost story in a sense, but it's more so about how evil people never die... they get revenge. Julia was made into a movie as well, and the movie, albeit very good, isn't as descriptive or disturbing as the book.

The book follows Julia Lofting, a woman who has recently left behind her daughter's death, an involuntary placement in a mental hospital and her son-of-a-b!tch, control
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Bandit
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the author's first venture into the supernatural genre, originally published in 1975 and it reads like it. It isn't dated per se, it seemly belongs to another time, one where attitudes where different, women's lib not quite there (or at all there really), one had to go to the actual library for research, etc. Although yoga was as popular as it is now. The eponymous heroine is a woman of 36, who has recently lost her only child under tragic circumstances, even more recently left her husb ...more
Michael
Über weite Strecken eine klassische Geistergeschichte, die sich etwas in die Länge zieht.
Trotzdem: gut geschrieben und unterhaltsam, und nicht oberflächlich.
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Holly Lindquist
Sep 04, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
One of those rare cases where the book isn't quite as good as the movie. Still worth reading, but if you like the story definitely check the movie out. It's called The Haunting of Julia and it stars a wan-looking Mia Farrow... very creepy. Lovely music too.
A.R.
Feb 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful creepy and perverted tale that was the basis for the movie, The Haunting of Julia. It doesn't bust out till around page 200, so stick with it.
M
Mar 15, 2013 rated it liked it
"Julia" is an incredibly well-done modern Gothic in the same vein as Henry James' "The Turn of the Screw" or Shirley Jackson's "The Haunting of Hill House," though not quite so masterful. We see through they eyes of a main character, the fragile Julia Lofting, who at best is an unreliable narrator, and at worst an outright madwoman. Straub crafts an eerie novel about madness, death and the notion of true evil. If you like this kind of story, it's a definite must-read, but good luck finding a cop ...more
Venessa
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Evil isn't like ordinary people. It can't be got rid of. It gets revenge. Revenge is what it wants, and it gets it."

"There was no safety, only its illusion."

INTENSE - the most terrifying book I've read in a long time. Peter Straub is a master at psychological horror, at getting under your skin and making you believe, even if just for a few moments, that you are the character being watched, stalked, threatened. Staying up late to read this the other night, the only one awake in the house, I hear
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Kevin Lucia
Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read. Wonderfully tense and atmospheric, with classic gothic sensibilities. Thing is, I've heard lots of folks say, "If you loved GHOST STORY, JULIA will blow your mind!" In this case, I beg to differ. GHOST STORY painted with a much richer story, and the characters were far more likable, with a lot more substance. But still, that doesn't say anything bad about JULIA. I just like GHOST STORY a whole lot more.
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Peter Straub was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on 2 March, 1943, the first of three sons of a salesman and a nurse. The salesman wanted him to become an athlete, the nurse thought he would do well as either a doctor or a Lutheran minister, but all he wanted to do was to learn to read.

When kindergarten turned out to be a stupefyingly banal disappointment devoted to cutting animal shapes out of heavy
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