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The Throat: Blue Rose Trilogy

(Blue Rose Trilogy #3)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  3,461 ratings  ·  111 reviews
Peter Straub’s chilling Blue Rose Trilogy comes to an astonishing close—secrets unearthed, demons revisited, and mysteries solved.

The Throat. Tim Underhill, now an acclaimed novelist, travels back to his hometown of Millhaven, Illinois after he gets a call from John Ransom, an old army buddy. Ransom believes there’s a copycat killer on the loose, mimicking the Blue Rose
Paperback, 704 pages
Published August 10th 2010 by Anchor (first published January 1st 1993)
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Kurt Dahlke The books can be read in any order. I read The Throat first, not knowing of the 'trilogy' aspect. I've since read them in order (two or three times).…moreThe books can be read in any order. I read The Throat first, not knowing of the 'trilogy' aspect. I've since read them in order (two or three times). A fantastic set of books.(less)

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mark monday
Nov 20, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murdertime
The Throat is an often brilliant thriller that is concerned with big questions about identity, the past and our memory of it, the demons that shape us and the demons we carry with us. It is intricately structured, densely layered, full of eerie and haunting dreams and flashbacks, and is impressively thoughtful in its take on murder and vengeance. As a third book in a trilogy, it also must extend and wrap up storylines started in the preceding novels Koko and Mystery – and for the most part it ...more
The Throat brings Peter Straub's Blue Rose trilogy to an end. A massive volume, spanning almost 700 pages, it requires a solid investment of time, attention and emotions. The curtains are slowly rolled up, revealing a stage set in Millhaven, Illinois, a fictional city modeled on Straub's own hometown of Millwauke. Although very loosely related, the three novels - Koko, Mystery and The Throat do form a coherent whole, along with certain short stories from Houses Without Doors and Magic Terror. ...more
Mar 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The third book in the Blue Rose trilogy...

Holy crap this book affected me. The whole trilogy did actually. It's dark, really dark, so be warned. But it's damned effective.

First off, you really should read Koko and Mystery first. Technically the book stands alone and explains what you need to know at the beginning, but I feel this book is far more effective if you've read the first two books.

Second warning, this book does a bit of metafiction at the beginning that will make you question the
Benoit Lelièvre
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thought the Blue Rose trilogy was slightly underwhelming overall, but can't argue that the final installment delivered a bolder, more convincing and intricate mystery than the prior two volumes.

What makes THE THROAT more compelling than MYSTERY or KOKO is that it reveals important twists about the first two volumes in the first twenty pages of the novel and forces you to gain a different perspective on them throughout your reading. It even reexplores themes like trauma, which KOKO was pretty
Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
I read this book a long time ago but I remember really loving it. I want to read it again! I read KoKo right afterwards.
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THE THROAT is a masterpiece.That's all you need to know.
Bri | bribooks
Well, I’ve done it. I’ve completed Peter Straub’s epic work, the centerpiece of his career, his Blue Rose trilogy. In true Straubian fashion, these books are challenging and dense and unsettling — I am sure a lot of the subtext went right over my head. Will I reread this trilogy? You betcha ass.

The Throat is oft considered the best of the trilogy, and while it does wrap the cycle up perfectly I think I do prefer the setting and plot of Mystery. But don’t get me wrong: it’s close! I’ve given all
Rebecca McNutt
Jun 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really creepy and well-written novel, I don't think there could've been a better conclusion to the trilogy than this one.
Apr 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A LARGE (697 pages) tome, mostly a complex, multi-layered mystery, combined with some grossness (he DID write "Ghost Story," and collaborated with Stephen King on "The Talisman" and "Black House," both of which I highly recommend, after all) and both childhood and Vietnam trauma, vividly depicted. Complicated relationships, corruption, interesting characters, and a very satisfying ending, indeed overall a very satisfying read. Someone else did say that the description of computer savvy from 1994 ...more
Sep 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Amazing. Take the best Stephen King you ever read, and then throw in Apocalypse Now, Sherlock Holmes, and more twists and turns than a twisty-turny thing. Can't rec the "Blue Rose" trilogy enough.
Jack Dixon
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent murder mystery with twists that keep you guessing to the very end. Tim Underhill is always a fun read. Love him!
Nicholas Wilson
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic. Straub at his best.
Josh Karaczewski
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This culmination of the Blue Rose Trilogy deftly mixes mystery and horror genre with literary metafiction. A bit overlong, but overall quite excellent.
Taco Banana
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nicolás Castañeda
Nov 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
It is a masterpiece. I got engaged from the first page and eventually read the book in 2 days because I couldn't stop as I wanted to know more and more about the riddles involving different topics like crime, war and madness. The novel could be tagged as a crime novel, but it is also a horror story. It shows us the the dark side of the human being. And there are some paragraphs really disturbing and frightening for example the sentence that talks about ghosts and how they envy us for being ...more
It had a rocky start, a lot of tangents about the war in Vietnam, but it turns out that was important to the story so I got through it. Then so many other twists and turns I almost got lost. Also, this book is so long and has so many characters that, without taking notes, I had the darndest time trying to remember who the characters were talking about half the time. Overall though, I enjoyed it. Now I'll go read the other Blue Rose books.
Jane Anne
DO NOT READ THIS BOOK. I appreciate how Straub tells about small-town life, changes over years, love that. But this book....such a jumble of character and plot. Had no interest whatsoever by drawn-out end. WORST for me are his sexist depictions of women -- gaaaaaaaaah! Are either slick careerists, innocent victims, or dumb old blobs -- listen Straub, fat old broads who sit on porches can be on top of things as much as any male in a linen jacket.
Apr 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mystery is my favourite of the Blue Rose novels*, because it was the first I read, and because it has an innocence -a romance- that the others do not. But this is the best of them, contradiction be damned. A nearly perfect book.

* Which should be on every fan of crime fiction's bookshelf.
Amy Bradford
The descriptions of Vietnam and what happened during the war were very rich and interesting. Then the book got into the murder/mystery and ceased to be entertaining (at least, for me) and I pushed through as best I could just to finish it. I look forward to reading more Straub, but I won't be keeping this book.
Sep 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Another horrifying Blue Rose mystery. Not to be missed. This story is so engrossing that it got me through one of the most traumatic experiences of my life. It just drew me completely away from real life, and reminded me that I could be even worse off than I was. Bravo, Mr. Straub.
Jennifer Michel
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very intense. A roller coaster ride with class.
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
688 or 689 pages depending on the edition you have. What happened in the tale - I haven't a clue.
So overwhelming that I do not recall anything about the novel. I suspect my mind provided a protective shield from nightmares. Perhaps, having read the novel six months ago and the horrors I subjected myself to by watching the nightly TV newscasts made this a story of little relevance.
The Vietnam section of the novel, I think, haunts me - alas I do not know why.
What is going on in this world today
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like Straub in this genre even better than I do when he writes stories of a more supernatural nature. Obviously he's a very talented author, so there's no complaint here. But I like this type of story by him, as he really digs deep into human behavior, the effects of past on present, etc... This story is massive and goes into a lot of detail, telling stories within stories; so someone who doesn't like to get mired down in tangents and side notes might not be too thrilled. I personally like it, ...more
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Admittedly, when I came across this battered copy among the books of a friend who has passed, I looked at the title and assumed it would be something along the lines of Ghost Story or The Talisman, something spooky. It was not. But the writing, the story, was just so good that I gobbled it up anyway. (It's a mystery involving VietNam and vets and the police and ... it's part of a *set* that started with KOKO ... things many little old ladies probably wouldn't want to read about. But I'm not just ...more
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shortly before finishing this book, my hilarious and beautiful wife asked me if I was almost done with "The Stripper Trilogy", For those who don't know, that's "Koko" "Mystery" and "the Throat" because apparently if you have no idea what the books of the "Blue Rose Trilogy" which is the proper name of the series, are about, you probably think that your partner is reading massive novels about sex workers. Now I have finished all three volumes and I'm so glad I did. Peter Straub's writing is ...more
The final book a trilogy of kind-of mysteries that seem to be only vaguely related to each other. There are threads that go through all three books, but they wind up related to different characters and times, for no apparent reason. I thought this was a confusing story of a serial killer who may have returned after several decades—not a very original idea. Straub has collaborated with Stephen King a couple times and I think they share an unfortunate trait of not knowing when to stop, resulting ...more
Stephen McQuiggan
Tim is called back to Millhaven when an old army buddy's wife is murdered - someone has scrawled 'Blue Rose' beside the corpse, just as they did 40 years ago when Tim's sister was murdered. Then Tim remembers giving a butcher a blowjob and things start getting complicated...
The Vietnam sections are great, but the real highlight is the piece on Walter Dragonette - a polite, overly helpful serial killer; I could have read a whole novel about him. At times an absolute joy, at times unwieldy and
Debbie Hope
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd read this trilogy before, years and years ago, and found it confusing as hell. Now, years later, I'm enjoying it a lot. Keep in mind there are MANY characters and several timelines, but an absorbing mystery.
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! What a damn fine book; layered nicely, great twists, dark dark material, tied in all the other Blue Rose stories nicely. This is not a simple read, but worth it...
b e a c h g o t h
...probably shouldn’t have read the third book in the series first
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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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Blue Rose Trilogy (3 books)
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“It is as though some old part of yourself wakes up in you, terrified, useless in the life you have, its skills and habits destructive but intact, and what is left of the present you, the person you have become, wilts and shrivels in sadness or despair: the person you have become is only a thin shell over this other, more electric and endangered self. The strongest, the least digested parts of your experience can rise up and put you back where you were when they occurred; all the rest of you stands back and weeps.” 57 likes
“The world is full of ghosts, and some of them are still people.” 32 likes
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