Ghost Story

Ghost Story

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"In life, not every sin goes unpunished." GHOST STORY For four aging men in the terror-stricken town of Milburn, New York, an act inadvertently carried out in their youth has come back to haunt them. Now they are about to learn what happens to those who believe they can bury the past -- and get away with murder. Peter Straub's classic bestseller is a work of "superb horror" "(The Washington Post Book World)" that, like any good ghost story, stands the test of time -- and conjures our darkest fears and nightmares.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 567 pages
  • 106.7 x 171.7 x 23.9mm | 181.44g
  • SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reissue
  • 0671685635
  • 9780671685638
  • 60,305

Review quote

Stephen King The terror just mounts and mounts. "Chicago Sun-Times" The scariest book I've ever read....It crawls under your skin and into your dreams. Chicago Sun-Times The scariest book I've ever read....It crawls under your skin and into your dreams. "Chicago Sun-Times"The scariest book I've ever read....It crawls under your skin and into your dreams. Stephen KingThe terror just mounts and mounts. "Chicago Sun-TimesThe scariest book I've ever read....It crawls under your skin and into your dreams.show more

Rating details

53,096 ratings
3.95 out of 5 stars
5 35% (18,657)
4 35% (18,546)
3 22% (11,644)
2 6% (3,105)
1 2% (1,144)

Our customer reviews

Ghost Story is a text book example of how not to write a book. The story proper doesn't begin until around page 430. Until then, the reader has next to nothing to invest in. We are offered a series of events in lieu of a story. The broken narrative and constantly changing point of view prevent connection to the characters or story. Redundant dialogue and a host of extraneous characters bog down the modest momentum the book can own to. There is no sense of escalation or tension, largely because the book lacks any sort of focus. Characters actions are so implausible they beggar belief. The author has a fondness for telling readers what they should have got out of what he has written. The great shame is that the opportunity for a wonderful story has been lost in the telling. The choice of four elderly characters haunted by the past offered opportunities that were not explored. Shedding some light on the motivation of the 'monsters' might have provided a sense of friction, but they were the emptiest of antagonists. It was impossible to feel frightened by anything but the unwelcome prospect of a sequel. With some decent editing this could have been a half way decent book. As it stands it is interminable. Unless you can suspend disbelief to the point of self-hypnosis, then give it a wide berth.show more
by Susan Bennett
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