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A Dark Matter by Peter Straub

A Dark Matter (edition 2011)

by Peter Straub

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Title:A Dark Matter
Authors:Peter Straub
Info:Anchor (2011), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 608 pages
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I generally like Straub and I wanted to like this book. But, I just couldn't get into it. It was slow moving. At one point, I realized that I didn't really care about the big "mystery" . I just wanted the book to be over. At that point, I gave up. I don't like stopping in the middle. I try to finish, hoping it will get better. But, this time I just couldn't do it. ( )
  Jadedog13 | Feb 3, 2016 |
Well, this book is well written, but it is all about what happened in a meadow that made one person crazy, another blind, another disappear, and another dead. And the revelation about what happened just about bored me to tears, especially as it is told three times, from three different perspectives. The 'payoff' was not worth the wait. ( )
  Stahl-Ricco | Jan 23, 2016 |
Peter Straub is one of those writers I love for the atmosphere of his books: mystery and secrets, particularly his "Blue Rose" series. Here, for some reason, I felt the storyline was a crossover between Donna Tartt and Stephen King - Donna Tartt for the idea of a secret ceremony (i.e. 'The Secret History') and what was supposed to be a deep friendship that linked teenagers/adults (i.e. 'IT', or 'The Body'). However, I was not convinced by the latter; their friendship was superficial at best and the 'big' revelation was anything but. I felt let down by the ending. Furthermore, the elements of fantastic were described but not acted on any further. As a standalone novel, I suppose it could always be argued that it's ok as a summer read, but I wouldn't go from the 'Blue Rose' series into this one, they're too different; it's a disappointment. ( )
  soniaandree | Dec 31, 2015 |
In the summer of 1966 eight friends venture into a meadow to take part in a secret ritual. At the end of this ritual only six emerge from the meadow. Those who emerged were changed forever. Lee Harwell was a friend to those who went that night, but declined to go along. Fast forward many decades and Lee is a successful author with a case of writer’s block. An unusual unpublished manuscript found on ebay seems to be the answer to his problem but leads him down a path he never expected to travel. He starts to question what actually happened in that meadow. The story unfolds as Lee questions each of those present that night. The group he interviews is an unusual cast of characters each with their own story. This collection of stories makes up the book, with Lee joining them together with his own thoughts and perceptions. Lee speaks to the reader as if he knows the reader is there … a bit of an unusual writing method but for this story it definitely works. It’s a book that rather than being simply a horror story it is a story of past experiences and a little bit about righting a wrong. ( )
  ChristineEllei | Jul 14, 2015 |
I forced my way through this book hoping that eventually I would make sense of the story and I never did. ( )
  C.Rose.Mcwn | May 31, 2015 |
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The great revelations of my adult life began with the shouts of a lost soul in my neighborhood breakfast joint.
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The incomparable master of horror and suspense returns with a powerful, brilliantly terrifying novel that redefines the genre in original and unexpected ways.

The charismatic and cunning Spenser Mallon is a campus guru in the 1960s, attracting the devotion and demanding sexual favors of his young acolytes. After he invites his most fervent followers to attend a secret ritual in a local meadow, the only thing that remains is a gruesomely dismembered body—and the shattered souls of all who were present.

Years later, one man attempts to understand what happened to his wife and to his friends by writing a book about this horrible night, and it’s through this process that they begin to examine the unspeakable events that have bound them in ways they cannot fathom, but that have haunted every one of them through their lives. As each of the old friends tries to come to grips with the darkness of the past, they find themselves face-to-face with the evil triggered so many years earlier. Unfolding through the individual stories of the fated group’s members, A Dark Matter is an electric, chilling, and unpredictable novel that will satisfy Peter Straub's many ardent fans, and win him legions more.

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Years after a 1960s religious guru's clandestine activities with his most fervent acolytes results in a grisly murder, a man struggles to make sense of what happened to his wife and friends by writing a book for which he asks former followers to relive their experiences.… (more)

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