Book Review: The Lost Girl by R.L. Stine

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 Title: The Lost Girl
Author: R.L. Stine
Pages: 172
Genre: YA Horror
Release Date: 29 September 2015

From Goodreads: "New student Lizzy Palmer is the talk of Shadyside High. Michael and his girlfriend Pepper befriend her, but the closer they get to her, the stranger she seems… and the more attractive she is to Michael. He invites her to join him on a snowmobile race that ends in a tragic accident. Soon, Michael's friends start being murdered, and Pepper becomes convinced that Lizzy is behind the killings. But to her total shock, she and Michael are drawn into a tragic story of an unthinkable betrayal committed over 60 years ago. Frightening and tense in the way that only this master of horror can deliver, The Lost Girl is another terrifying Fear Street novel by the king of juvenile horror."

Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this e-book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

As a kid, I used to absolutely devour the Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine. I had almost the entire book series and even several of the choose your own horror books! So when this title appeared on NetGalley, I knew I had to pounce as soon as possible.

The Lost Girl is split between two time periods: 1950 and the present (2015). The 1950 period tells the story of Beth Palmieri and the tragedy that befalls her and her family. The 2015 period tells the story of Michael and his group of friends as they get to know this strange new girl in town named Lizzy Palmer. After a horrible accident, Michael's friends start getting murdered one by one, and Pepper believes that it's all because of Lizzy Palmer. What secrets lie in the Fear Street Woods, and what does Lizzy Palmer have to do with it?

At 172 pages, this book was finished a lot faster than I wanted it to be. Reading the words of R.L. Stine again after all these years was a wonderful experience. His writing is descriptive without being too long and drawn out and I was able to dive into the world that he built in this book. I could easily call him a Stephen King for younger readers. This was a very refreshing read and my only complaint was that the ending was a bit too rushed.

I really enjoyed how (at first) mysterious Lizzy was and as the story progressed, how absolutely crazy she ended up being. Michael seemed a bit too grown up for his age, but that didn't really do anything negative for the story. Some of the characters blended together (so much so that I can't remember their names) but I really felt I only needed to keep up with Michael, Pepper, and Lizzy through the story.

The transition between 1950 and 2015 was very well written each time and I loved that you could really tell a difference between the time periods with how the section was written. While there wasn't too terribly much about the 1950 period, there was enough to where you got the information you needed for the middle/end of the book once it all came together. I enjoyed how both time periods eventually joined together towards the end in a very fluent way.

There were multiple moments of horror once the killings started, but they weren't gory and awful enough that I couldn't get through it. I really loved how descriptive the book was of everything- including the killings! It's really close to Halloween season and this book was just what I needed to get me into the spirit! If you're looking for an easy but wonderful horror book to get your Halloween season started off right, then definitely check out The Lost Girl!


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