Generations of children and teens have grown up on R.L. Stine’s bestselling and hugely popular horror series, Fear Street and Goosebumps.Now, the Fear Street series is back with a chilling new installment, packed with pure nightmare fodder that will scare Stine’s avid fan base of teen readers and adults.
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. – Goodreads
Alright, most of my qualms can be dismissed with this book because it’s intended for younger audiences. However, the MC of the story was a senior in high school, so perhaps they shouldn’t be totally written off.
I will say that this brought back tons of nostalgia. As an avid young reader of Goosebumps, I was giddy with delight when I was approved through NetGalley to grab an ARC of this.
Overall, it was pretty standard RL Stine stuff. A tinge of magic, a little creep factor, lots of icky deaths…super predictable plot line. There was no trying with this one. 10% in and it was pretty clear what was happening.
I liked it. Wasn’t in love. Definitely wasn’t scared. I will say that the part where a certain character gets covered in honey and oats and is fed to a group of starving horses totally grossed me out.
Anyway, I totally flew through this and would have enjoyed it if I was a bit younger. I rated it a 2/5 on Goodreads.
Thank you to NetGalley for the chance to read and review this!