Overview (No Spoilers):
Having finished the Dark Tower series a couple of weeks ago I found myself in a bit of Stephen King hangover. Craving my next King novel, I checked his audiobook novels at my local library and was happy to find Bag of Bones . While I hadn’t heard of this particular title before, I was confident that I would enjoy it as I have every other book I’d read by King. Having grown accustom to the narrator from the Dark Tower series, I was initially thrown a loop when the author varied from the familiar voice I was used to. Eventually the voice eventually grew to fit the author that was narrating the tale, and I was indeed surprised when it turned out to be King himself doing the talking. That being said, Bag of Bones was creepy, borderline scary! Multiple times throughout this read, I got visible goosebumps as unexplained events happened around our grieving narrator. I probably rank this read up there with The Shining for sheer level of spine-chilling induced. The first three fourths of this book were relatively tame for being a novel by King, with the beginning of the book, while still interesting, practically crawled. King more than made up for the subdue start with the action packed, delirium of an ending. I’m unabashed to admit that I’m still confused on several key plot twists. Overall, this was a read that lacked King’s typical depth but was a unique with regard to the narrator style and prose. While still highly enjoyable, Bag of Bones was not at the same caliber as his many other works I’ve read.
Additional Insight (Spoilers Abound):
- Mattie’s death was one of the most heartbreaking literary ones I’ve read about recently. It was at this point that King really took off his gloves in this novel.
- I’m still confused why Max Devore killed himself?
- Why was Max’s daughter pretending to be his secretary?
- It was kind of sad that Mike had to end the curse by destroying Sara’s bones? The poor woman had been through enough already? How did Sara have power over the people and their descendants that killed her? How was her disappearance not noted? Why did she not seem hostile all along to Mike?
- Did Sara somehow kill Jo?
- The moving magnets were so very unnerving. If my refrigerator had contained any magnets then they would have promply been disposed of in the trash!
- Does King have a lock box full of old manuscripts?