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Two Past Midnight: Secret Window, Secret Garden (Four Past Midnight #2)

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The second of a four-part audio series from Stephen King's bestselling book, "Four Past Midnight." Recently divorced writer Mort Rainey is alone at Tashmore Lake--that is, until a figure named John Shooter arrives, pointing an accusing finger.
Audio CD, 1 page
Published February 1st 1991 by HighBridge Audio (first published September 1990)
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You'll forgive me. I have to write this fast to get the ideas out of my head and onto paper. It's dark here, and I'm alone...and frankly terrified.

What I know is true is that Mort Rainey is a writer of some success. He wrote a book of short stories in the early 80's and has pretty much forgotten about the effort as more acclaim came his way. Then one day a man with a Mississippi accent knocks on the door of his isolated cabin on Tashmore Lake and says, "You stole my story." Mort thought, "This m
First Stephen King I have read. Loved it...absolutely love his style. As with many of his books I have committed the sin of watching this as a movie before reading it and yes the book is better. It has a completely different ending, and deeper meaning. But (shamefully) it was made all the better that I read Mort Rainey in my minds eye as Johnny Depp. I think that added to the intrigue of the character and I can't say if I regret it or not.
Anastasia P
The best Stephen King story I've read. It's intriguing and creepy without the overly disturbing aspect some of his other stories contain.
Sarah Sammis
Four Past Midnight contains four novellas by Stephen King. For the purpose of my book count, I'm counting each novella as a separate "book" and I'll be posting a separate review for each one.

"Secret Window, Secret Garden" is the second novella and probably the story I was most looking forward to reading (followed closely by "The Library Policeman"). I came to this story having seen the Johnny Depp film Secret Window (2004).

The story was as fun to read as the film was to watch. King leaves the pl
M.D. Vance
I had seen the movie (with Johnnie Depp) some time ago, and found the book recently. This is actually a novella, btw, but worth the read.

I enjoyed how King basically allows the reader to think they know what's going on, but yet not quite sure if you're right or not until the end. (not saying anymore; don't want to have any spoilers)

The only negative I would say - There is an epilogue at the end of the story that leads you down a slightly different path - of a possible supernatural nature. I beli
I had seen the movie in theaters when it first came out and loved it. I had no idea that is was a Stephen King story. Since I am trying to read the back catalog of King I decided this would be a great quick read.
I really enjoyed it, it has been so long since I have seen the movie that this was almost like my first exposure to it. I did remember a few details so it was easy to follow along. The ending of this was different from the movie, and to be honest, I liked the movie ending better. This w
Marts  (Thinker)
Throughly enjoyed this one, would recommend it to any Stephen King fan. If you cant get it as a separate title, its also part of the book "Four Past Midnight".
Cassandra Lange
One of my favorites! It totally keeps you on edge and has the biggest twist at the end!
While not one of my favorite King stories, Secret Window, Secret Garden was very enjoyable. I had already seen the movie and so already knew the big reveal toward the end. Still, I loved the "epilogue" and still got a little shiver of excitement when the reader is asked to consider whether perhaps there was more to this mystery than mere schizophrenia; perhaps something supernatural was taking place!

Recommended for King fans, mystery fans, and those who like a good Stephen King story but run awa
Dick Edwards
Short mystery. Too obvious to be entertaining.
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Recommends it for: fans of horror
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Secret Window, Secret Garden is a novel that is all about a single story that Morton Rainey plagiarized from a classmate in college. Years later, Morton Rainey is dealing with a divorce and a man named John Shooter accuses him of stealing his story. The only thing Morton Rainey wants is to find a copy of the story and prove that he published it before John Shooter did, but throughout the entire novel, events keep happening that prevent this from happening, causing John Shooter to get increasingl
I've only read the swedish translation of this book and i must say that the translation sabotages the whole read a lot. The story moves forward rather slowly and with way too many descriptions and reflections from the main character. This story couldve been cut down a good 50 or 100 pages and get to the damn point way earlier.

The 1st King book i read was Pet Sematary which was great, it had lots of intrigues and mysterious, creepy things going on all the time it seemed. I don't like the setting
There is something to be said about being absorbed into a story that you've seen the movie adaptation of a couple of dozen times. This story is very well written and easy to get through. It is not without it's twists and turns that a good thriller novel requires. And, to my pleasant surprise, the ending in the book was very different from the ending in the movie - which is good enough a reason to read the book, in my opinion. I am a big fan of Stephen King's novellas, and this one is definitely ...more
I liked the first half since I actually believed in what the author tried to show us. The fun got spoiled when I realized that (view spoiler) But I don't get why the author felt the need to bring a twist at the end, as to me, it didn't make any sense.
Diana Algma
About 3/5 of the book seemed fairly normal, good characters with problems, real ones, it was interesting. Then I started to understand what was really happening. Til the end it seemed pretty clear. But then came the epilogue that gave me goosebumps that have not went away yet. Still scared. 5 stars
Tinae Goodell
Finally a book with minimal language in it from Stephen king. This book was interesting. It kept me interested the whole time, with a crazy twist. It's a real Stephen king kind of book.
Audiobook-Narrated by James Woods. James Woods' voice was beyond perfect. I loved this book. As I listened, couldn't help thinking how disappointed I was going to be when I finished, no more book to enjoy. And I was right. This novella was one of my favorite Stephen King's works. All was perfect...fully dimensional characters, realistic dialog sprinkled with humor and emotional lows and highs and a rip roaring fantabulous plot. For me though the dialog was the bright and shining star of the read ...more
Erick Mejía
Es bueno y aunque ya había visto la película no arruina la historia.
I liked the idea of this story, at its heart. The internal devastation people suffer for a variety of reasons has always fascinated me by their effect to the world of the individual around them in the manifestation of adapting to the upset.

The story itself drew me in certainly and the development of this internal conflict was slightly predictable, but I found myself preferring it as such, because it allowed me to view the trail of events with a macro view of how the pro/antagonist were related a
It was a slow beginning but near the end it became easier to read.
I read this after I read Travis Thrasher's 'Ghostwriter' because I was told that the similarities between the two are ridiculous, so I felt that I should judge this for myself. The similarities were astounding and I now refuse to read anything by Travis Thrasher.

I find Stephen King's writing to be flawless; he's got an amazing way with words. I have only read a few of his books but everything of his that I've read is amazing, including this story.

Mort Rainey our hero (another author), is coming to terms with the break up of his marriage and takes refuge at his summer house on Tashmore Lake where he is visited by the mysterious John Shooter who accuses him of plagerism.

Mort is unable to convince Shooter of his innocence and Shooter therefore has no option but to try and persuade him...... with terrifying consequences.

Great little tale with a great twist at the end.... highly recommended.
Eddie Reyes
I loved it! Every part.
Oh, very neat. Thank you Stephen King, I like when your books are all about crazies being crazy and then crazier things happen one after another.

My absolute favorite part about this book is that it did not have the same ending as the film Secret Window.
If you like spooky try it out. I also listened to this as an audiobook, read by James Woods which probably added to its charm.
Audio Book... I live in Chicago, so i take mass transit everywhere I go... These audio books are great for the train. I just download them to my iPod, and I have hours upon hours of entertainment! This story is good so far... The BBC audio books do more of an audio "play" or performance, with all of the characters, rather than a single narrator reading the book word for word.
Creo que es el único de Stephen King que no puedo decidir si es mejor la película o el libro (siempre prefiero el libro). Me encantaron ambas, aunque me gustó más el final que le inventaron a la película.

Definitivamente tienen que leerlo si les gusta Stephen, más que nada para ver su lado "natural". Sin nada de zombies, apocalipsis, fuego, dragones o control mental.
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Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, M ...more
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“I know I can do it," Todd Downey said, helping himself to another ear of corn from the steaming bowl. "I'm sure that in time her death will be a mystery, even to me.” 23 likes
“Maybe Shooter was a writer. He fulfilled both of the main requirements: he told a tale you wanted to hear to the end, even if you had a pretty good idea what the end was going to be, and he was so full of shit he squeaked. ” 3 likes
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