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Interesting characters, lame ending
on August 16, 2011
As a few other reviewers have noted, the first 2/3 of this book are quite good. Edgar Freemantle is a fascinating character, as is Wireman. About halfway through I was enjoying the book immensely and had high hopes for a rousing finish. I enjoyed Edgar's backstory, his relationship with his wife, and his attempts at recovery from a serious accident. I also enjoyed his beginnings on Duma Key, his first meeting with Wireman, and his dawning realization of his artistic talents.
However, the ending was rather silly - and really not scary at all. Throughout the book, I wondered what was the origin and nature of the evil that seemed to be haunting Duma Key. I was prepared for a knock-out revelation, with connections to some dark secret in the Eastlake family's past. Instead, it turned out to be... well I won't give anything away. Suffice it to say it was a major let-down. I also felt like the entire tone of the final sections of the book changed, from serious to almost campy. Maybe that's just because I wasn't scared.
At any rate, a very long book that does not hold the typical King payoff at the end of the road.