What I Loved:
R.L. Stine once again shows his mastery over horror in this latest installment in the relaunched Fear Street books. The reader first gets the story of Beth, a girl who witnesses the horrific death of her father and barely escapes herself. Her introduction is nicely done and sets up a complex dynamic for Michael’s present time. Stine mixes in a strong creep factor with some light gore, creating a story that will definitely keep readers up long into the night, both trying to finish the story and because they are too scared to sleep.
What Left Me Wanting More:
While I love the plot as a whole, parts of the big twist at the end aren’t developed as well as they could be. They didn’t quite fit with the rest of the story. However, this is very minor and doesn’t detract from the heart pounding conclusion at all.
Michael’s characterization is nice, but Pepper’s falls a little. There are several times where she is presented as a stereotypical jealous girlfriend instead of being a more three-dimensional person. However, she still has several great moments as a character that make her an enjoyable addition.
R.L. Stine fans will devour this latest installment. The Lost Girl is creepy in all the best ways, a quick and highly entertaining read, and it will leave the reader with just enough spook to want to keep the nightlight on a little longer.