Review: Bag of Bones by Stephen King
Author: Stephen King
Publisher: Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Inc.
Publication Date: September 22, 1998
Format/Source: Hardback/Borrowed from Library
Age Group/Genre: Adult/Horror
Here is Stephen King’s most gripping and unforgettable novel — a tale of grief and lost love’s enduring bonds, of haunting secrets of the past, and of an innocent child caught in a terrible crossfire.
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. (From Goodreads.)
A Little Insight…
This book was January’s selection for my book club. I have to say that I went into it not really too enthused. I had never read any Stephen King before, but that doesn’t mean that I never wanted to read any of his books. I actually have a few of his books on my TBR list and I bought a copy of Under the Dome at the Borders closing sale near me. But I don’t think I would have picked this book to read myself. For one thing, I knew it was going to be super scary, because, after all, it’s a Horror novel written by Stephen King. Duh. And me and scary books and movies don’t mix. But to me, the story just kind of sounded like a simple ghost story, and I wasn’t too interested in that. Now Under the Dome, on the other hand, sounds like my kind of story, and I’m looking forward to reading it.
I checked this book out from the library and it took me the entire three weeks I had it on loan to finish it. It was actually due the day before my book club met, and I got it finished with about two hours until the library closed. But the way this story was, I wasn’t sure if I was even going to finish. In fact, I had kind of resigned myself to the idea that I wasn’t going to finish. Which was kind of a big deal to me, because we’ve been doing this book club for two years now and I have finished every single book we’ve read for it.
But I finished, and I think there were several reasons as to why I took so long to read it. Let’s do a list, shall we?
- I knew it was going to be scary, and that made me hesitant – I figured I’d get to a really scary part and have to put it down and never open it up again. So when any creepy parts came up I was even slower to read them.
- The Fault in Our Stars came out in the middle of me reading this, and I had to read that right away!
- I was starting this book blog while reading this book, and I took a lot of time to get the blog started, find other blogs to read and follow, and to comment on a lot of other blogs. Blogging really does take a lot of time, but I’m loving it!
- I just really wasn’t into the story. One story line was more interesting than the whole ghost thing, and so that kept me going, but otherwise, I just really wasn’t invested in the characters and story.