TBT: Book Review Lisey’s Story by Stephen King

April 6, 2017 Book Reviews, Fairy Tales, Horror 2

Lisey’s Story by Stephen King
Published by Scribner on October 24th 2006
Pages: 513

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Lisey Landon lost her husband Scott two years ago, after a twenty-five-year marriage of profound, sometimes frightening intimacy. Scott was a celebrated, award-winning, novelist. And a complex man. Lisey knew there was a dark place where her husband ventured to face his demons. Boo’ya Moon is what Scott called it; a realm that both terrified and healed him, that could eat him alive or give him the ideas he needed to write and live. Now, it’s Lisey’s turn to face her husband’s demons. And what begins as a widow’s effort to sort through her husband’s effects, becomes a perilous journey into the heart of darkness

  • Review: Lisey’s Story
  • Series: –
  • Author: Stephen King
  • No of Pages: 513
  • Release Date: October 24, 2006


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I don’t think my thoughts have changed on this at all. Actually, I was quite surprised that I read this in 2012 as it seems like I read it yesterday. I still have the book and it’s in pristine condition because I flew through it and set it up on my book shelf. The only thing deturring me from re-reading is the 513 pages. It’s a bit much to put my TBR aside to re-read a 500 page book, even a Stephen King.

I forgot a lot of the psychological horror behind this and reading my review all of it’s coming back. A lot stuck with me but mainly the Boo’ya Moon and how Lisey got back and forth. For some reason, even though I love psychology, the fantastical parts held up over time more than the horror! Really surprising for me. Normally it’s the other way around.

In short:

If you have not read this I highly recommend. It’s gorgeous, and yes horrifying, but so fantastical that you’ll fly through it.

My thoughts:

Two years after her husband’s death Lisey Debusher Landon sits in her house while listening to yet another Professor beg her for her late husband’s materials. There is rumored to be an unpublished manuscript plus tons of writing which is like gold to them. Instead of taking no for an answer he in a roundabout way hires someone to go after her. Unbeknownst to him, that someone is certifiably crazy and hates Lisey for not releasing Scott’s material, hates her so much he wants to hurt her.

The few characters in this book are remarkable. Lisey is a force to be reckoned with and I don’t think that even she knows that.  She knows her husband so well that even in death she can follow small clues that he left behind. It’s amazing that she’s basically the only person in probably a good 75% of the story and yet you are never bored with her. I was consistently freaked out for her safety and her choices but Stephen King is so great at this that never once did I question what she was doing. Well why she was doing it anyway.

This was an exquisitely written book. Of course, it’s Stephen King! But you open this book and you’re mesmerized, it’s literally like you just sawed open Stephen King’s head and are looking into his brain, getting to know his characters and how he speaks. The story actually goes back and forth so much that you would think it would be like watching a tennis match, but he is able to make the change from past to present and to Boo’ya Moon totally seamless. The plot is also great. I fell in love with the characters, even with a man speaking to his wife from the Grave. I noticed I started saying Smucking a lot too… so that’s your warning, pick up this fantastic book at the expense of your vocabulary. Stephen King does come up with some interesting words.



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