By Stephen King
Reviewed by Miranda Boyer
I was going through my audiobooks (I might have a few) and came across Stephen King’s Bag of Bones. It was one that I’d bought for my mother, she’s probably one of Kings’s biggest fans. When I told her about coming across it she encouraged me to read it, advising that it was her second favorite Stephen King book (in case your wondering, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon is the first). Of course, it didn’t need much selling but the icing on the cake was when I learned that Stephen King reads it himself. Of course this would be my next big read.
Right away I can tell this is going to be an epic tale. It has the best narrator possible, the author! Of course he’s s going to know exactly what each character was thinking and the cadence of their voice, the inflections and ultimately the story will mean something way different coming from him then it would from any one else. And it did.
I really think that Bag of Bones was significant in King’s writing as he really steps away from his typical “horror” genre and intertwines a sprawling ghost story of good and evil and of love and hate. This book was not about demons and ghouls that lurk in the night and in our nightmares. Instead this novel touches on the very real horrors that live in the minds of men instead, the unthinkable created out of lust, greed, and bad choices. King delivers something in Bag of Bones unlike anything I’ve read of his before.
I’ve never seen the made for TV version of this book, and honestly I’ve not heard very good things either. But now that I’ve read it, I’ll have to see if it’s still listed on Netflix. I don’t know that anything will do the book justice. In fact, I’m sure it won’t but I’ll still give it a go.