Mass Market Paperback: 752 pages
Publisher: Pocket (June 1, 1999)
List price: $7.99
I actually began this book before the new year, but I finished it after the 1st, so this is the book to kick off my blog.
The main character is Mike Noonan, a writer. Whenever Stephen King's main character is a writer (Bill from IT, Thad from The Dark Half , Ben Mears from 'Salem's Lot, or himself in The Dark Tower) I wonder how much of the character is really him. This writer is from Maine like King, but has lost his wife and is struggling from writer's block.
The story revolves around the haunting of Mike's lake house and his relationship with a young mother and her daughter. For most of the book Mike and the reader struggle with the attraction between the 21 year old widow Mattie and the 40 something writer Mike. Everyone except me. I want them to get together. I am rooting for them. *possible spoiler* But you know they aren't going to no matter how nice that kiss is. King even almost talks about how what happens in the end is a literary device to get him out of letting them have sex. Do I think it's cowardly? No. Do I think it sucks? Yes. I know they won't be together, but I romantic and foolish girl can dream, can't she?
Overall, I really liked the haunting in this book and the small town hysteria aspects were very creepy. I found myself getting very heated and angry with certain characters throughout. I never really want to get violent, but sometimes when you watch a movie or read a book you just see this one character that you know should be killed. You know that if they keep on living bad things are going to happen so you should just kill them. There is not one but two creepies like that in this book. Top notch crazies, really. So, the moral of this blog is that while I liked this book, it doesn't make it into my top ten of King books (because you know, he's written a thousand).