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Four years after the sudden death of his wife, forty-year-old bestselling novelist Mike Noonan is still grieving. Unable to write, and plagued by vivid nightmares set at the western Maine summerhouse he calls Sara Laughs, Mike reluctantly returns to the lakeside getaway. There, he finds his beloved Yankee town held in the grip of a powerful millionaire, Max Devore, whose v...more
Paperback, 736 pages
Published June 1999 by Pocket Books (first published 1989)
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Dale
Aug 31, 2007 Dale rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: hopeless romantics and people who've never read Stephen King
I am a Stephen King junkie. I started reading him in high school and quickly tore through just about everything he'd ever written, and then started buying every new book he put out. Being a Stephen King fan is kind of like being a geek for Dragonlance or comic books - reviewing his work seems borderline pointless because non-fans will usually dismiss him out of hand and be hard to convince of any intrinsic value, and fans are already pretty hardcore about him.

Nevertheless, I wanted to add this...more
Jamieson
I am enjoying what I think is perhaps Stephen King’s best novel, ever.

The opinion on Stephen King’s best work differs depending on who you talk to; but for me, it will always be Bag of Bones.

It’s the one novel of Kings that I’ve read more than any other (nine times) and each time it’s just as wonderful and beautiful and engaging as it was the first time I opened up my hardcover copy ten years ago.

I think it was the beginning of King moving away from horror and toward a more literary style of wri...more
Wordsmith Johnson
Easily my favorite Stephen King novel ever, and I've read a wide cross section of different eras of his stuff. This is a ghost story...it's about being haunted, both by spirits and by memories. It's a book about loss and grief, but also a suspenseful mystery with a super spooky atmosphere, set in a creepy, unincorporated and sparesely populated fading resort community with a dark historic past. The mystery and the hauntings are linked in with a child custody battle, complete with a nefarious old...more
Autumn Doughton
This was a weird novel for me. For the first 450 pages or so I kept thinking that it was by leaps and bounds the best Stephen King book ever. But then things got strange in a way that only King's novels can and I was left feeling like maybe I'd been in a car accident but had blacked out and couldn't really remember the whole thing properly.
I think that you either like Stephen King's stuff or you don't. I'm a fan of sci-fi/fantasy/borderline horror and I am a King fan. I have been reading him si...more
Erin (PT)
Here's the thing about me and Stephen King: no matter how problematic and/or angry-making I find some of his work to be, the man knows how to tell a good story.

I had read Bag of Bones before, when it was first published, but all I really remembered about it was that I found it an enjoyable enough story, but not one that was excellent enough to be particularly memorable. And, indeed, I found myself remembering very little of the story while rereading it this time around. Which, on the one hand,...more
Caroline
Slow moving. I quit halfway through, switched to an action novel which cleared my head and allowed me to continue the laborious trudge.

The best thing about this novel, aside from reaching the end (660 pages… it could have been pared back to 450 and I would have been happy), was its intricacy. Almost everything tied in to the end. Of course, for a novelist like Stephen King, I would expect nothing less. However, I found the protag’s involvement left me feeling uneasy. Could Mike have figured ever...more
Katie
So this is my first Steven King novel. There are others on my list that I want to read, but somehow this one was first. For 25% of the book I thought he rambled on forever, getting no where fast. Then the last portions of the book really got me. I did enjoy it. Did I think it was 5 star worthy? No. First let me say, I LOVE paranormal books. And as far as the paranormal portion of the book went, I thought that was excellent. I could see what was happening, I could feel the chills. I loved that it...more
Amanda
Like many Stephen King books, the characters he creates seem almost real. Throughout Bag od Bones, the central character, Mike Noonan, obviously parallels King's life. You come to think of Mike as someone who really existed. Of course if Mike really existed, then the Sara Laughs story must be real-and threin lies the horror.

At first I didn't think that this story was very scary. I thought it was a very touching account about loss and a quirky writer who was trying to cope. I loved that he fell i...more
Riku Sayuj
Typical King. Probably one of his better novels.
Bunga Mawar
Buku ini menyeramkan.

Curhat bagian 1: 28 Oktober 2010.
(Ditujukan untuk Ibu Dokter Iyut dan saudara Rauf).


Saya sudah tahu sejak SMA, bahwa Stephen King memang nama jaminan untuk kisah2 menegangkan yang berbau hantua2an. Namun kontak saya dengan karya King pertama malah baru tahun 2009 lalu lewat film "1408", yang jujur saja saya beli karena pemeran utamanya adalah John Cusack, hehe... Film itu, yang DVD-nya sendirian saya tonton di kamar (untungnya sore2!) membuat sebentar2 tangan saya naik menut...more
Juan Rodríguez
Dec 15, 2008 Juan Rodríguez rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who likes to read good suspense/fiction/romance/horror
Stephen King remains my favorite author, even though almost nothing I have read after Bag of Bones --which he published in 1998--, although I have loved, has quite thrilled me as much as this masterpiece, which I am now reading with the same grip for the third time. Mike Noonan's slow descent from mourning to horror and then ascention to love is one of the best trips King has given me yet.

Mike Noonan is a best-selling author who must deal with his young wife's sudden death, paired with an inexpl...more
Nicholas
Dec 02, 2008 Nicholas rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: King fans, TJ
Recommended to Nicholas by: Amanda Kong
Shelves: the-king
Where to begin?

This is my favorite King book so far. And that's really saying a lot, because I like a lot of King stuff.

The strength of Bag of Bones (a completely appropriate title on so many levels once you get through it), lies in its completely realistic starting point. King manages to capture the loss and pain of a loved one in such stark terms that I found myself with nightmares of my own. Not supernatural ones, the kind that go away as soon as you push the covers off and brush your teeth...more
Matt Garcia
Creepy, elegant, and sentimental all at the same time. This book contains the classic chills that readers have come to expect from Stephen King but it also is very sad at parts. This is a very deeply layered story that is a bit like a mystery in some ways. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it once again showed me why Stephen King is my favorite author of all time. 5 stars
Eric_W
I guess it was bound to happen. I read a Stephen King. I have to admit that much of the reason lay behind his decision to leave Viking for Scribner's, Viking having decided that $17,000,000 for Bag of Bones was a little too hefty. After reading the novel, I suspect the decision was as much his agent's as his own.

The book is an uncomfortable mix of supernatural and psychological terror. One of the reasons I've delayed reading King is that I have difficulty turning a car into a killer, but then I...more
Leah
Rating: 3.5 of 5

A well-written novel with a multi-layered plot that features King's trademark descriptions and seamless integration of the paranormal into everyday life.
Here is Stephen King’s most gripping and unforgettable novel — a tale of grief and lost love’s enduring bonds, of haunting secrets of the past, and of an innocent child caught in a terrible crossfire. (Source: book cover)
Here's the gist:

Thirty-something author, Mike Noonan, hasn't been able to write anything since the sudden deat...more
Tiaburn Stedd
Эта книга была не первой и не последней прочитанной мной книгой Стивена Кинга. Конечно же, понятно, что его как и многих авторов беспокоит вопрос потерянного вдохновения, когда слова уже не связываются в предложения и тяжело продолжать делать то, чем занимался всю жизнь. Эта не первая книга Кинга о писателях, вспомнить того же "Мужчину в красной рубашке" () или "Мизери" (Misery). Однако в этом произведении, Кинг отвечает не на вопрос, как пишутся книги, а как пережить то, что они не пишутся. На...more
Jessica Phillip
Oct 12, 2007 Jessica Phillip rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who likes a good ghost story
Shelves: horror
Summery: Four years after the sudden death of his wife, forty-year-old bestselling novelist Mike Noonan is still grieving. Unable to write, and plagued by vivid nightmares set at the western Maine summerhouse he calls Sara Laughs, Mike reluctantly returns to the lakeside getaway. There, he finds his beloved Yankee town held in the grip of a powerful millionaire, Max Devore, whose vindictive purpose is to take his three-year-old granddaughter, Kyra, away from her widowed young mother, Mattie. As...more
Peter Meredith
The book starts out with the protagonist, Mike reeling after the unexpected death of his wife. Then nothing really happens for a hundred pages. It's actually pretty dull. Mike can't write anymore, he is filled with grief, can't get laid, sad stuff, but dull stuff. Any other author, I would have tossed the book aside, but this is the King and he keeps me hooked with just a simple idea that Mike's wife Jo, might have been doing something naughty on the side. He mentions it in the fourth paragraph...more
Bill
Jan 23, 2008 Bill rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who thought they had their fill of King
Shelves: horror
Man, when this guy is good, he is really good. Bag of Bones exemplifies what I love about Stephen King. Characters you care about, and marvelously poignant observances, be they on human nature or a simple description or simile.
This isn't much of a horror novel. Although there is one particular passage that caused me a little lost sleep, this is a story of grief, love, and revenge. It's a ghost story (this is the horror and revenge part) that concerns a writer facing writer's block following the...more
Claire
Aug 18, 2009 Claire rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Claire by: Amy Newell
This is my first time reading Stephen King, and it was recommended to me by a friend who adores him. I really enjoyed this book once it got really into the story. I found it slightly slow starting, and I had a hard time picking it up at times because I felt that there really wasn't anything going on that I just HAD to find out about. But about halfway in I was hooked. I couldn't wait to pick it up and see what was going to happen next! The end of this book is so action-packed and eventful that I...more
Shae
I LOVE this book! I think the thing that makes Stephen King one of my favorite writers isn't that his books make me lose sleep but that they usually involve great flawed heroes. Like most Kings novels the first quarter of the book is calm set up and the end is a roller coaster of calamity. Well the book has all the horror elements of a proper haunting it also is a mystery that keeps you guessing until the very end. The evil in Sara Laughs is driven by a revenge that you want to end but also can'...more
Laurie
I mostly think of Uncle Stevie as being "The Master of Horror" (and a folksy, neighborly type) that I forget what a great writer he actually is. Every single character in this book is fully realized and he really had me on the ropes throughout: laughing, weeping, and generally not-sleeping. ;)
Megan Green
King is truly a master. He never fails to grab a reader and not let go until the end. I avoided his books for many years because I didn't like "horror." But his novels are so much more than that. He is one of the best writers out there today. Looking forward to reading more!
Mary (Marbear) Blackburn
My favorite Stephen King book. Who would have thought that Stephen King could write a mystery and a love story? Not me but he did a great job.
Jess
Just finished it! Could not put it down, thought it was some of his most personal writting ever! I would recommend it over and over again!
Nicholas Armstrong
This is the first - and only book - to ever actually make me frightened. I'm not one for monsters or ghosts - and don't really believe in any of the things that scare most people - but every once in a blue moon someone comes along and makes something that can actually get to me. Signs is the only movie I can recall actually giving me chills, that scene on the farm house roof... brrr. It also hit home because I lived in a place that was kind of removed and with large expanses like that. Bag of Bo...more
Branwen *Blaidd Drwg*
Jun 28, 2013 Branwen *Blaidd Drwg* rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Branwen *Blaidd Drwg* by: Scott Kane
Shelves: thriller
"What comes in when daylight leaves is a kind of certainty: that beneath the skin there is a secret, some mystery both black and bright. You feel this mystery in every breath, you see it in every shadow, you expect to plunge into it at every turn of a step. It is here; you slip across it on a kind of breathless curve like a skater turning for home."

After four years of grieving after the loss of his beloved wife, Mike Noonan finds himself packing up and moving out to his summerhouse in Maine, cal...more
Sakura87
"Perché ciascuno di noi non è che un sacco di ossa."

Mike Noonan ha recentemente perso l’adorata moglie Jo, morta di aneurisma a soli trentotto anni in una cocente mattinata estiva. La sua carriera di noto scrittore pare essersi arrestata lì, posto che la semplice vista dell’applicazione Word 6 gli causa violenti attacchi di panico e non riesce più a scrivere niente di più coerente di una lista della spesa.
Sogni (a volte incubi) ricorrenti lo spingono a trasferirsi temporaneamente nella sua casa...more
Cherie
I love this book. I love how easily I got scared, horrified, nauseated, bitter, betrayed and shattered.
So if you strip the story of its thrilling supernatural component, the story itself seems quite common and the reason behind the title as terrible as it is, is also common and it's this that makes the book awesome for me. Stephen King puts you in the moment because you can somewhat relate. You have seen or heard the story in real life before, so you find yourself easily imagining what the chara...more
Aaron A
Let's start out here: Anyone who has read Stephen King and enjoys his novels will enjoy this book as well. Those who don't, well, this doesn't break the mold.

I want to give this more than 3 stars. The story is one of the best I've read. The main character, a writer named Mike Noonan (his profession is nothing new to King fans) whose wife, Jo, dies. Noonan begins to uncover a mystery that surrounded the last years of his wife's life, a mystery that is based at the Cabin called Sara Laughs in a sm...more
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