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Another Winner for King
Let it be noted that even though this is crime/mystery/suspense, it is also horror/supernatural. Therefore, don’t spend time trying to come up with a rational explanation for how Terry Maitland could’ve been in two places at once, because you’re not going to find one. Try and work out what kind of supernatural being you’re dealing with instead. The crime, involving the murder of a child, is about as brutal as you can possibly get. Descriptions are kept to a minimum, but there are still some very disturbing passages – it is Stephen King after all! The creepiest parts for me were when the monster first started appearing to people. I always savour those moments in horror novels when the supernatural first makes itself known to the characters, and they struggle to comprehend what they are seeing, and King is of course a master at it.

All the main players were well-characterised and important to the story. I had to laugh, because how many times has King used names like ‘Bill’ and ‘Jack’ in his novels, and there was also a Detective Anderson in ‘Storm of the Century’ – he has his favourite names and he sticks to them, I can understand that. I did a happy dance when one of the characters contacted ‘Finders Keepers’ and Holly Gibney (from the Bill Hodges trilogy) answered the call. And what I thought would be a brief appearance for her, turned out to be a crucial role. Since this is a standalone novel, you don’t need to have read the Hodges series to enjoy, and follow, this one. But if you do plan on reading them (and why wouldn’t you – they’re awesome), I’d read them first, as there are some major spoilers for those novels in this one.

Stephen King’s particular brand of humour in his writing is, as always, a joy to read – it amazes me how he has the ability to insert an amusing line of thought or dialogue into a scary scene, and yet it still manages to retain its scariness. You’d think it would pull you out of the scene, but it doesn’t. I’m still laughing over gaze-bo – that’s how it should be pronounced.

The last 5% went on a bit too long, although it did provide good closure, and I understand that the novel was about so much more than just stopping an evil creature. An enjoyable, tense, spooky, fast-paced read, which resulted in me getting little of the housework done I had planned for yesterday. Horror fans, or crime fans who like their suspense with a side of supernatural, don’t miss this one!
July 12, 2018