Two years, 65 years apart, collide in the new Fear Street novel by the world renowned author R.L. Stine. In The Lost Girl, Beth is an average teenager living life in the 1950’s, except for the weird tricks that she can do with her mind. She can make things move, and she can manipulate people and situations at her whim. After she witnesses the murder of her father, Beth disappears with the murderers nephew never to be seen from again. Due to circumstances that happened prior to the disappearances, every finger seems to be pointing at Beth and the possibility of her being a witch.
Then there’s Michael, from present day. He’s happy with his fiery girlfriend, Pepper, and his life as a yearbook writing senior. Until one day a strange girl, Lizzy, shows up. She seems to always be lost, she can’t ever find her classes, and she has a hard time finding her house, but she seems to know exactly where Michael is at any moment. That’s not the only crazy thing that started happening as soon as Lizzy came to town. A strange man appears in the woods, and later Michael sees that same man rising from a grave in the graveyard.
Who is this strange man? Who is Lizzy? What do the two people have to do with each other? How are the two stories connected? Lastly, is it possible for the past to be reconciled so far into the future?
This book, for me, was very nostalgic as I loved to read Goosebumps and Fear Street books as a kid. Although, this is definitely a book for a younger crowd, I still got into it, and it still creeped me out quite a bit. It constantly left a cliff hanger at the end of each chapter, so I had to keep reading more to figure out what was going to happen in the story, and the mystery that was surrounding the strange new girl. One thing I did notice while reading this book, is that I was reading it with a more logical brain than I did as a child, and it was hard for me to get out of that mind set. I tried to read this objectively, because I know that R.L. Stine is known for his eccentric way of thinking. That’s part of his charm, after all. He is one of the best young reader horror authors that I have ever known, and he did it again with The Lost Girl.
I am going to give this book 4 out of 5 stars. It was a very good book, but it lacked some of the essence of his earlier work. Still a great read and a wonderful, spooky, Fear Street story.