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But with Lisey's Story, King has accomplished one more feat. He broke my heart.
Lisey's Story is, at its core, a love story--heart-wrenching, passionate, terrifying and tender. It is the multi-layered and expertly crafted tale of a twenty-five year marriage, and a widow's journey through grief, through discovery and--this is King, after all--through a nightmare scape of the ordinary and extraordinary. Through Lisey's mind and heart, the reader is pulled into the intimacies of her marriage to bestselling novelist Scott Landon, and through her we come to know this complicated, troubled and heroic man.
Two years after his death, Lisey sorts through her husband's papers and her own shrouded memories. Following the clues Scott left her and her own instincts, she embarks on a journey that risks both her life and her sanity. She will face Scott's demons as well as her own, traveling into the past and into Boo'ya Moon, the seductive and terrifying world he'd shown her. There lives the power to heal, and the power to destroy.
Lisey Landon is a richly wrought character of charm and complexity, of realized inner strength and redoubtable humor. As the central figure she drives the story, and the story is so vividly textured, the reader will draw in the perfumed air of Boo'ya Moon, will see the sunlight flood through the windows of the Scott's studio--or the night press against them. Her voice will be clear in your ear as you experience the fear and the wonder. If your heart doesn't hitch at the demons she faces in this world and the other, if it doesn't thrill at her courage and endurance, you're going to need to check with a cardiologist, first chance.
Lisey's Story is bright and brilliant. It's dark and desperate. While I'll always consider The Shining, my first ride on King's wild Tilt-A-Whirl, a gorgeous, bloody jewel, I found, on this latest ride, a treasure box heaped with dazzling gems.
A few of them have sharp, hungry teeth. --Nora Roberts
This book is 512 pages long and took a REALLY long time to get into the heart of the story.
Worst of all, nearly every other word is some invented cutsey phrase (the kind King likes in all of his books, but at least used sparingly before this).
In LISEY'S STORY, King spends way too much time on the internal monologues of his main character, Lisey Landon.
Childish writing. Waste of time to read it. Can't believe it's the same author that brought the gunslinger. Not even close.Published 22 days ago by Kelly B.
No, this isn't the more typical King casual readers may be familiar with. But this is a King at the top of his game. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Edwin O. Eschberger
I'm not a plot spoiler. I'll just say that for me, Stephen King writes about my dreams, thoughts & nightmares. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Laura Trombley
Brilliant! Excellent! Typically King where as always from the first few pages you start to live & breath Lisey - who she is, where she is in her head, why she is. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michelle Cruse
...to get into this book, especially since I recently read that King considers this novel pretty much his favorite. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lovecraftian
Not one of his best. It's one I kept reading thinking surely it would get better - not one I'll keep on my bookshelf.Published 1 month ago by P. Gossage
Stephen King seems to understand women very well. I appreciate that he has older women in this book. I have liked everything this man has ever written.Published 1 month ago by ellbeegood
The story was overall great. I love a lot of Stephen King's female characters; Lisey is no exception. Read morePublished 1 month ago by kb
I would rate most of Stephen King's books as five star with an occasional four or even three. Frequently, I have finished reading them late at night when I really should have gone... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Davis