Reading this latest novel by Stephen King reminded me both why I used to love Stephen King novels, and why I haven't read one in a long time.
Lisey's Story opens with Lisey (pronounced Leesey) cleaning out her famous horror novelist's study after he has been dead for two years. The book takes her on a trip down memory lane--her memories, his memories, and their memories.
I had given up Stephen King novels, even after enjoying several of his tomes, especially It and The Stand. I had became increasingly disturbed by the images and the profanity and general coarseness of the voice, in spite of excellent storytelling and suspense.
Lisey's Story is billed as a love story. Stephen King, master of horror and suspense, writing a love story! I had recently been thinking about picking up The Stand again, when I heard the press about this newest release, and thought that I should check this one out. Yes, it's a love story. The heart is there. The suspense is also there. Unfortunately, so was the coarse voice and profanity and not a little blood. The story is mostly Lisey's and her husband's Scott's. Lisey has to explore the past so that she can move forward into her future. I was drawn into this story by the second page, and read all 528 pages fairly quickly.
If you have enjoyed Stephen King's other works, especially his epic stories such as It and The Stand, then this one is definitely on par with those. However, if you have avoided the Master of Horror for the reasons that I was recently, this one isn't really that different.
This book review is linked up to Semicolon's Saturday Review of Books.