Okay, so as you all know, I am a Stephen King fan. My first King read was Pet Sematary, then Cujo, then IT, Misery and so many more. I watched the movies, made for tv movies and the rest and always found myself leaving the book happier than when I'd found it. Sadly, that was not the case with Lisey's Story.
The book was more like a memoir for a woman with a history of depression, loss, and mental illness. Instead of receiving horror or some sort of hysterical, mental breakdown, I got a ton of babble and gobbly-goop! lol
Lisey Story tells of how a woman picks up the pieces after she's lost the love of her life. Her husband, Scott is dead, and all she wants is to put her life into some sort of order. She's also dealing with the lives of her sisters, who are so jacked up, ten ways from Friday, that she can't seem to find reprieve. Now add in a man telling her she's got so many days to give something of her husband's, or she'll be hurt and you've got a King novel.
I always start a review with something positive, so I liked the cover. The sleeve is sorta ordinary, but once you pull the sleeve away, you have a gorgeous masterpiece of a book. It's a garden of both living and dead flowers and it's probably the best part of the novel. I am not joking, this book was probably the worst read- I'm so glad I got the audiobook for FREE! Had I sat with my physical copy, I'd have stopped a long ago.
Had I dealt with another smucking phrase that Lisey constantly spouted, I'd have gone insane! The insanity of the entire story stemmed from sporadic, memory flashbacks that didn't always make sense, to Lisey's sister, who was catatonic today just to be speaking in Scott's words the next, I found myself trapped in a world of depression, mental illness and flat out boredom. The story was nestled in a reality that just didn't bring on the hype I was hoping for.
I am still a fan though, because hey- one bad book out of the many that I've read isn't bad one bit. I'm off to the next read!
Written by Stephen King
Published by Scribner
October 24, 2006
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