Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King & Richard Chizmar

This is not what I was expecting this novella to be – short and sweet, completely unique. Take a journey back to Castle Rock and meet Gwendy and her button box. Her story is both beautiful and tragic. I couldn’t help but feel for her throughout the entire tale. I don’t want to give away much of the story line, so I’ll just keep this review all about my feels.

This could pass for YA fantasy/mystery. So while I like that, many might not.

While this book is short, it’s brilliant. This is something completely different on the SK list for me. But I also haven’t read all of the King’s books, so I can’t say definitively if this is in fact true. Even though I feel it’s exponentially different, I was incredibly pleased. This wasn’t scary like many of Stephen King’s novels, but it has an ere of mystery and fear with the button box. So while it wasn’t what I was expecting, it was something different that brought a smile to my face and has stuck while writing this review.

This book kept me completely immersed from start to finish. Not once did I put it down (except to let the dog out). Stephen King has always had a fan in me, but now, Richard Chizmar does too.

Rating: 4 Buttons!

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34430839The little town of Castle Rock, Maine has witnessed some strange events and unusual visitors over the years, but there is one story that has never been told… until now.

There are three ways up to Castle View from the town of Castle Rock: Route 117, Pleasant Road, and the Suicide Stairs. Every day in the summer of 1974 twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson has taken the stairs, which are held by strong (if time-rusted) iron bolts and zig-zag up the cliffside.

At the top of the stairs, Gwendy catches her breath and listens to the shouts of the kids on the playground. From a bit farther away comes the chink of an aluminum bat hitting a baseball as the Senior League kids practice for the Labor Day charity game.

One day, a stranger calls to Gwendy: “Hey, girl. Come on over here for a bit. We ought to palaver, you and me.”

On a bench in the shade sits a man in black jeans, a black coat like for a suit, and a white shirt unbuttoned at the top. On his head is a small neat black hat. The time will come when Gwendy has nightmares about that hat…

Journey back to Castle Rock again in this chilling new novella by Stephen King, bestselling author of The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, and Richard Chizmar, award-winning author of A Long December. This book will be a Cemetery Dance Publications exclusive with no other editions currently planned anywhere in the world!

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