I couldn't put this book down and at 1074 pages it was hard to hold up! I haven't read a Stephen King book in 20 odd years and was quickly caught up in his great storytelling ability. He has a great knack of putting everyday people into shocking but believable situations and looking at their actions with a magnifying glass. I just hope that what happened to the townsfolk of Chester's Mill, Maine doesn't happen to any community that I am a part of. It's a thoroughly escapist read that I wished I'd saved for a holiday at the beach.