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Bag of Bones by Stephen King #kingsmarch


It’s Friday the 13th!

I haven’t read a King book in years and haven’t posted a review on this blog. But I realized quickly how to properly review a King novel…keep it short and sweet. It’s impossible to talk details.

In Bag of Bones Mike Noonan is a young grieving widow (only 40 years young) and his wife’s sudden death has caused writer’s block, nightmares, insomnia, paranoia, visits from ghosts…you name it. Once a successful novelist and now running out of material to give his agent, he decides to return to Sara Laughs, his Maine lake house after four years of his wife being gone.

Now you can only imagine what King could possibly drum up with that imagination of his. The characters are well developed, the storyline is unpredictable, the chills and creepiness factor is predominant throughout and he just writes some damn good dialogue. I felt as if I was sitting in a room with King himself, having never met him, I imagine he would be a bit like Mike Noonan – snarky, sincere, humorous and a bit dark.

The only thing that bothered me this week was “what took me so long?!” I guess like many others who are novices to King’s work, we associate his books with horror. And there are some. But I’ve watched more movies by King than read his books and loved almost all of the adaptations: The Green Mile, Stand By Me (written as The Body), The Shawshank Redemption, The Shining, Misery, Dolores Claiborne, Carrie and the one that freaked me out forever- Children of the Corn.

Isn’t that a ridiculous range?! Okay, I’m not here to tout his greatness. I’ll let Rory from Fourth Street Review hold onto that title, but I can say that I am happy that she gave me the nudge to pick up this book and remind me (aside from the scary factor) what a great novelist King is.

Pick this book up if you enjoy ghost stories with touches of paranormal, supernatural and heart. The romance elements between Mike and his wife Jo are touching, humorous and heartbreaking.

For more Stephen King goodness check out Fourth Street Review and Wensend during the month of March where they host all things Stephen King using #kingsmarch.


5 thoughts on “Bag of Bones by Stephen King #kingsmarch

  1. If you want to read a truly great Stephen King novel that definitely is not horror, read 11/22/63. It’s a long book that is so good you’ll think it’s too short.

  2. I’m pretty much the same way – hadn’t read a King novel in many years and then read 11/22/63 last year – wow!! Talk about range – that one is mostly historical fiction (with a time travel element!). I loved it. I read every King novel that came out when I was a teen and young adult, then went decades without reading any of his novels – so I missed Bag of Bones, too. It sounds like a good one – thanks for the review!


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