Stephen King,
Lisey's Story
(Scribner, 2006)

Two years after the death of her husband, Lisey is finally getting around to cleaning out the converted barn where he spent so much of his time creating books and short stories. Yet as she begins this arduous task, Lisey runs into a couple of problems -- resurfacing memories of things she thought she would never have to remember again, and a man who has taken it upon himself to threaten her on behalf of an educator wanting to get a hold of her husband's papers.

I totally loved this book! Granted, a lot of it has to do with the fact that Stephen King has put a great deal of stuff in this one for others of the craft. Don't get me wrong, though; despite the fact I found a subcurrent to add way more enjoyment and content for me, it is still a great read for anyone else, too.

King gives his usual evil hints that keep you going as you get flashes of what will be coming. He feeds the reader just enough to whet the appetite. I also loved how he structured the time element to demonstrate the concept of pool time (time being like ripples on a pond) rather than a linear concept. Before the book's conclusion, you will have three points in time all tied to and affecting each other. Lisey's Story is very nicely done.

by Gloria Oliver
2 June 2007

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