Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Thinner Mass Market Paperback – April 26, 2016
|New from||Used from|
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
“Undeniable suspense.”—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“Pulsating with evil…will have you on the edge of your seat.”—Publishers Weekly
“Genuine chills.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Superbly crafted…extraordinary.”—Booklist --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes The Bill Hodges Trilogy—Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel), Finders Keepers, and End of Watch; the short story collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams; Revival; Doctor Sleep, and Under the Dome. His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller. His epic works The Dark Tower and It are the basis for major motion pictures. He is the recipient of the 2014 National Medal of Arts and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Top Customer Reviews
Billy Halleck is an obese lawyer in the Northeast who isn't above courtroom tricks or defending shady characters. He and his wife Heidi have a fairly normal and happy marriage, with their share of squabbles. Together they are raising their teenage daughter Linda. What King describes as 'sedate' is a marital sex life most American couples can only dream of. Heidi is one day inspired to give Billy a hand job while he's diving in a familiar part of town, and in his escstatic state, Billy does not see Suzanne Lempke, an elderly woman from a nomadic Romani family, walk out from between two parked cars. He hits and kills her and is charged vehicular manslaughter, a charge that is subsequently dismissed thanks to his friends in the police department and court (although realistically, it seems the law would have been on his side from the start. I'm no lawyer, and I don't know what he specific statutes would have been in Connecticut in 1987, but if Mrs. Lempke were jaywalking and Billy were not intoxicated, I'm not sure how a charge of manslaughter would be justified). Suzanne's 108-year-old father, unsurprised by the injustice but still infuriated, places devastating curses on several people involved, including Billy. Lempke touches Billy's cheek and says 'thinner' after which Billy starts losing weight at an alarming rate. After eventually coming to terms with the fact that his emaciation was a curse (his wife and family doctor are still skeptical), Billy sets out to confront Lempke.
King manages to address every negative stereotype associated with the Romani and the white middle class, without passing judgment on either side. He makes the reader see both sides of the story, and we are unsure of whom to sympathize with or whom to feel anger towards. I especially liked Billy's character. Through it all, Billy never loses his sense of determination or his sardonic sense of humor. A great read if you enjoy psychological thrillers.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I'll admit that it was not exactly what I thought it would be. Once I was 50 pages in I had no idea how it would continue on for over 200 pages but in the end the book filled out quite nicely. To me, the highlight of the book was one of the side characters by the name of Richard Ginelli. He was entertaining and really helped carry the story for the last 100 pages or so.
I plan on seeing the movie but I do not have high expectations given the reviews that I've read here on Amazon. Despite how bad the movie may be... I highly recommend the book to any King fan out there. Although it was not one of his best books that I've read so far, it was still quite good. So pick up the book and enjoy!