Monday, April 15, 2013

Bag of Bones by Stephen King

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?
 I am a fan of Stephen King, books or movies I love his work. I read Bag of Bones because I watched the movie on Netflix and decided that, even though I liked the movie, the book HAD to be better. It's a bit creepy but nothing really scary.

Mike's love for his wife is evident and his inability to write without her was a little sad. The weird thing about it is, it isn't just writer's block, it's more of a severe phobia. Just attempting to write has him breaking out into panic attacks. But, somehow after some trying, he is able to start writing again at Sara Laughs.

Part of the plot that I never really got was why Max Devore (the villan/Kyra's grandfather) wanted Kyra and all of the rigamarole behind it. It's kind of a weak plot, but the little girl was cute and I liked Mattie. Not the best King book ever, but I read it while I was on vacation and it was a good read for a long car ride.

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