Bag of Bones by Stephen King

Grief is like a drunken house guest, always coming back for one more goodbye hug.

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NEW FAVORITE. Wow. This book is absolutely amazing. I laughed. I cried. I was freaked-the-eff-out. Stephen King, you’ve blown me away once more.

For those who don’t know, I’m a major fan of horror. Not much can scare me… Not much except the King of horror himself, and in this book he didn’t just give me the heebie-jeebies, but he made me fall in love with these characters.

For starters, I connected with Mike Noonan on a level I didn’t expect to. I didn’t lose a spouse the way Mike did. Some days it feels like it, though. Mike finds pieces of his wife in everything and every place. He misses her desperately. When she died, he didn’t just lose her. He lost his will to write. Or so he thought.

But his lakeside getaway that he refers to as Sara Laughs calls to him, and reluctantly, he answers.

The muses are ghosts, and sometimes they come uninvited.

The town’s people are all strung up tight by an older gentleman – Max Devore. I’ve never hated an old person in all my life, but Max Devore has the heart of an ignorant child who gets what he wants when he wants because he wants it.

Then there is Mattie and Kyra Devore, widow and daughter of Lance – son of Max, who you will instantly pity and admire all at once. They manage to find happiness in what little they have even while struggling against the wiles of Max Devore who has done everything he can to make their lives miserable… until he can get his hands on Kyra and shove Mattie out of the picture completely.

Mike is pulled into their lives and is soon immersed in a zone that belongs only to those who play a part in the unfolding. And it’s so damn intense!

I see things, that’s all. Write enough stories and every shadow on the floor looks like a footprint; every line in the dirt like a secret message.

Read this book. I can’t believe I hadn’t read it sooner. Stephen King outdoes himself in Bag of Bones, and it’s evident with every page. He doesn’t just give you the willy’s, he moves you with them, through them, and to them. And you can’t help but love him for it.

Rating: 5 Astounding Stars!!!


Blurb:

Four years after the sudden death of his wife, forty-year-old bestselling novelist Mike Noonan is still grieving. Unable to write, and plagued by vivid nightmares set at the western Maine summerhouse he calls Sara Laughs, Mike reluctantly returns to the lakeside getaway. There, he finds his beloved Yankee town held in the grip of a powerful millionaire, Max Devore, whose vindictive purpose is to take his three-year-old granddaughter, Kyra, away from her widowed young mother, Mattie. As Mike is drawn into Mattie and Kyra’s struggle, as he falls in love with both of them, he is also drawn into the mystery of Sara Laughs, now the site of ghostly visitations and escalating terrors. What are the forces that have been unleashed here—and what do they want of Mike Noonan?

It is no secret that King is one of our most mesmerizing storytellers. In Bag of Bones, he proves to be one of our most moving as well.

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