**spoiler alert** This was definitely not one of favorite King books unfortunately. I thought it started out really well and then rapidly declined fro**spoiler alert** This was definitely not one of favorite King books unfortunately. I thought it started out really well and then rapidly declined from there. I liked the premise of the book but I had some issues that kept me from truly enjoying it. The first was character development. I loved that King took the time at the beginning to give some pretty detailed insight on Jamie and his entire family but I felt like it was a set-up for a huge let-down that was to follow. In general, I felt like I learned about some characters in great deal that would have very little impact on the events that would come later in the book. I don't want to give anything away so I won't be too detailed but I also felt like one character who had a MAJOR role in how events would play out was severely overlooked up until the very end. Beyond that, I felt like the characters lacked continuity. For example, Jamie is a happy little boy who grows up and becomes a severe heroin addict. King tells us how he got from A to B but I didn't feel like I learned enough about the events in between for it to believable. I felt the exact same way about The Rev. I realize he suffered a terrible loss but still couldn't find the person he became to be completely believable. My other major issue was Mother. I felt like we have been here before. The ending brought about strong memories from It and I felt let down. Finally, I couldn't come to terms with how the afterlife is portrayed. I'm not sure why. It doesn't have to do with religion or the belief system I have. I guess it just didn't quite feel realistic. I truly wanted to like this book and there were some bits that I did enjoy. No matter. I'll still read the next King book when it's released. I think every author has books that are hits and misses with each individual reader....more
I thought this was one of the best books that I have read in quite some time. Plot summary: Several people go missing in the small town of Lafferton aI thought this was one of the best books that I have read in quite some time. Plot summary: Several people go missing in the small town of Lafferton and policewoman Freya Graffham believes that the incidents are related but is unable to find the thread that binds them together. Newly arrived in the town from London after a bitter divorce, Graffham not only desires to find out the truth behind the missing women, but also to make friends and feel involved in society again. She joins a choir and discovers that the director is the mother of her Chief Inspector, Simon Serrailler. As Freya becomes more acquainted with the family, she discovers that she has feelings for the Inspector. As events turn more gruesome in the town, Freya is determined not to get sidetracked by her feelings and to focus her energies on solving the case. Easier said than done unfortunately...
Easiest way to write this review is a list of what I loved: 1. The writing is fabulous. The details are vivid. This is definitely a highly atmospheric novel that makes you feel as if you are a resident in the town of Lafferton. 2. The characterizations are wonderful. The reader gets a good sense of each person in the book. Beyond that, Hill isn't afraid to push boundaries. She intentionally makes some characters unlikeable and I loved that. It made me want to get to know more about them. There are ideas touched upon in this book that I feel certain will have to be addressed in later books in the series. 3. The subject matter of the book is interesting. The detectives think their killer may be a practitioner of alternative medicine. Hill touches upon the pros and cons of various practices which I liked. I also found the subject of psychic surgery very intriguing. 4. Hill writes the book true to life. The things that happen in the book are how I would perceive them to happen in real life. She definitely doesn't hold back which made the book a true page turner. 5. I wasn't really sure who the murderer was until over half way through the book. Hill gave away a little bit of info at a time. There seemed to be just enough to keep the reader guessing and then even when you are pretty sure you know, a small bit of doubt would creep in. 6. Finally, the book has elements of mystery, a touch of romance, and even a bit of psychology to entertain and delight the reader.
There is no doubt that I will continue on with this series. As a matter of fact, I just ordered the next one from Amazon!