Lost Boys

Lost Boys

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Step Fletcher, his wife DeAnne, and their children have just moved to Steuben, North Carolina, where there has been a rash of mysterious disappearances. Plagued by various problems, the religious Fletcher family slowly adjusts to the community. Eight-year-old son Stevie, however, spends all his spare time with his imaginary friends. Preoccupied with settling into their new home, Step and DeAnne fail to understand the connection between Stevie's friends and the young boys' disappearances. Almost too late, Stevie makes the ultimate sacrifice to convince his family that his imaginary friends are real and to reveal the boys' murderer.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : HarperTorch, [2005]
Copyright Date: ©1992
ISBN: 0061091316 (pbk.)
9780061091315 (pbk.)
Branch Call Number: FIC CARD
Characteristics: 528 pages ; 17 cm

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guntario2715
Jun 22, 2014

I liked Fletcher, but I felt like this book was more like one of those cartoon fliers you receive from missionary organizations than an actual story-line. Seriously. I don't even understand why I kept on reading this book. Possibly because he's one of the few people on this planet that can tell even the most boring story and make it seem like you're hearing the most interesting thing ever. I feel like this is what happened in this story.

After reading the entire book which is a little over 500 pages (I know this sounds crazy, but I'm not lying) and getting to the last 3 pages, I finally found out what the story was about. This would be okay if the story were an action/suspense novel, but it came across as if it were some sort of Lifetime story, albeit, a very well written one. I could wholly relate to all of the characters. But throughout the entire story, I couldn't escape the crazy feeling that I was being preached to.

At one point, I even went to the people I work with and tried explaining how good the book was, but that I felt like it was kind of preachy. This was the first time I learned that Orson is a Mormon. Makes sense, since the book comes across as a Mormon sell.

Aside from that, I actually enjoyed reading it. Fletcher and his family are very believable. The people they meet are very believable and they bring an element of craziness to an otherwise mundane story.

In fact, I kept telling my wife as I was reading this book, that it was a book written as an anti-climax. I had never read anything like it. The things that happen are consistently written off as mundane events, and you're left wondering why they were even focused on at all.

So, overall, it's a conflicting ride. Should you choose to read it, don't expect a suspense filled read, unless you really enjoy being let down. It's simply an enjoyable story with the ending being an attempt to bring it together and pretend it's not a preachy novel.

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ScorchingSun
Dec 06, 2009

Eerie. Heartrending. Poignant.

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