(view spoiler)[The story is about a woman, Rosie who escapes her abusive husband after a torturous period of fourteen years of married life. She makes...more (view spoiler)[The story is about a woman, Rosie who escapes her abusive husband after a torturous period of fourteen years of married life. She makes an abrupt decision to leave, and she takes his credit card. The Husband, Norman Daniels, is a cop who takes pleasure in hitting, kicking, punching and oh, biting his victim. She leaves him for good and is saved by a home called "Daughters and Sisters". She tries to start her life anew and it takes a spin when an oil painting catches her fancy and which she buys trading her engagement ring for it. She also is smitten by the guy at the pawnshop, Bill Steiner. Norman eventually finds her and is resolved to kill her. On a perfectly normal (if you can call that normal) plot, King takes in a supernatural twist. The picture that Rosie buys, has some kind of spell (?) that ends up her "going into the picture" and weird twists like that. (hide spoiler)]
The plot as a weak woman who escapes her maniac husband and starting her new life was pretty solid and realistic. But the 20% of the book were the painting and the supernatural stuff which did not actually work for me. What I actually got me continue the book was the characterization. Even the smallest character was etched to almost perfection. Norman and Rosie clearly contrasted - Norman being macho and sadistic at last turning into a scared and pathetic person, and Rosie the timid wife to strong and persevering woman who could clearly handle her stuff when she had to. Gert, Anna and even Pam were well detailed. And of course Bill, the most weakly portrayed of the story - probably just to contrast him from THE Norman.
I had not read the blurb (or whatever the description on the back cover is called) so reading the prologue was quite a shocker. Most of the abuses were narrated much later by Rosie, saving the reader from nightmares. The scary part of the book was not the supernatural things that happen but the human monster himself. I could have liked Norman for all the villain he was - strong, no nonsense, macho, his malevolence and all but turning him into panic stricken and delusive mode at the end spoiled it a bit for me - though it was realistic. I still can not get over the fact that Norman was killed "within the picture" by someone else other than Rosie. Had it been by Rosie or at least Gert or the Inspector I could have forgiven the picture for ruining the other places.
The story, IMO, could have ended well before the last 50 pages where I had to push myself to complete. In fact I would have liked the book better without the supernatural phenomenon - probably I am not being the Stephen King fan I should be to understand its need. So overall 4 stars on 5, ignoring the picture effect
When the going in your life is not as good and you have no control over it, what do you do? Go on a marathon reading session. Probably with a chick-li...moreWhen the going in your life is not as good and you have no control over it, what do you do? Go on a marathon reading session. Probably with a chick-lit series with too hot to ignore men and their too stupid to live ladies. That is exactly what I did. Two books back to back (on the third now) and I feel completely relaxed. Yes I am not in as bad position as these ladies do. But of course, if these guys were ready to be my "knight in white horse" I would trade anything to be "the damsel in distress".
Longer review coming up soon, which means I am able to keep the book I am reading down. (less)
There were parts that made me laugh out aloud, and a few smirk worthy bits. But that is all I could like this book about. I am not exactly sure if tha...moreThere were parts that made me laugh out aloud, and a few smirk worthy bits. But that is all I could like this book about. I am not exactly sure if that is what I am supposed to expect from 'the greatest living writer'. Probably it is the high expectations I had had.(less)
In fact one of the very few of the YA genres that I could complete reading without wanting to kill the characters and/or gag at the beha...moreA Quick read.
In fact one of the very few of the YA genres that I could complete reading without wanting to kill the characters and/or gag at the behavior.
(view spoiler)[ Chelsea Knot, the gossip girl and second to only Kristen in the ladder of popularity suddenly is turned to be the social outcast. All because she could not keep quiet anymore, having known the two assailants of Noah and she being the reason for the attack. She reports the same to her and the authorities and promptly pushed out from the world she thought she owned along with Kristen.
She takes up an vow of silence and later makes friends with people whom she didn't even know existed and who are part of Noah's world. Her world is changed and she is able to identify who she is, without Kristen to tell her who she ought to be. And oh, she gets the boy!
The writing style was quite like-able and easy to run through, even if not exquisite. The story in itself doesn't revolve around the girl getting the guy, which probably was one of the main reasons that I didnt feel like killing anyone off the book. Yet the girl gets the guy, in a cute way - as it ought to be in the real world (o..k that came out of nowhere!)
And I cannot skip telling this. All through the time I was reading, there was one question that kept gnawing me 'how long would I be able to keep up silence like Chelsea?' Deep inside I knew even under the most perfect conditions, I can not go past a few hours.