Some of Stephen King’s best work has been with tales involving the friendships between children – the short story ‘The Body’ and the lengthy novel ‘It’ come to mind. A more direct comparison though for this new novel is one of his early books, ‘Firestarter’, which involved a shady government department involved in trying to enhance the powers of people with telekinesis. In this story, the author cleverly brings together two seemingly disparate story strands as a gifted child escapes the mind control experiments of the institute of the title, a secure facility in a remote rural location, and teams up with a disgraced policeman in an attempt to help the friends he left behind. Simultaneously he himself is being hunted by his former captors so he can be swiftly reincarcerated. At the end of the day, you just can’t beat a good old- fashioned face off between the forces of good and evil, and long time King fans will lap this up. A good read for sure!
Length of Read:Long
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
Other King novels – I wouldn’t say this book was up there with his very best work, but it’s still an enthralling and gripping read. There’s certainly no one better than King in observing the nuances of life in small town America, and his ear for dialogue is still flawless.
One thing you’ve learned
Next year should see the publication of If It Bleeds, the next novel featuring Holly Gibney. If you can’t wait that long, November will bring Gwendy’s Magic Feather, a sequel to the collaboration with Richard Chizmar a couple of years since, Gwendy’s Button Box. This one is written as a solo effort by Chizmar, but is set once again in King’s favourite locale of Castle Rock, and features a foreword by him.