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A Good Marriage

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  14,185 ratings  ·  1,040 reviews
What happens when, on a perfectly ordinary evening, all the things you believed in and took for granted are turned upside down?

When her husband of more than 20 years is away on one of his business trips, Darcy Anderson looks for batteries in the garage. Her toe knocks up against a box under a worktable and she discovers the stranger inside her husband. It's a horrifying d
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Published September 30th 2014 by Simon & Schuster Audio (first published September 1st 2014)
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It was a good marriage, one of the fifty percent or so that kept working over the long haul. She believed that in the same unquestioning way she believed that gravity would hold her to the earth when she walked down the sidewalk. Until that night in the garage...

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It wasn't a picture perfect marriage- but for the last 27 years- Darcy Anderson thought it was pretty darn close. A little dull, yes...but she was content with her life of no surprises.

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A house in Portland, Maine. A solid mail order busi
What a ride! Un-put-down-able. A perfect story. Maybe the scariest psychopath ever.

But this also was one of the weirdest reading experiences ever. Beware Kindle users! In most cases, there aren’t page numbers on the Kindle (Yeah, I know. WTF?) Instead, you see a percentage showing how far you’ve read. I’ll tell you this: For a non-math person, this really sucks. I hate percentages and I hate the damn percent sign. Don’t get me started. Anyway, for some bizarre reason, I feel the need to give yo
Susanne  Strong
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
4 Stars

Is anyone ever who you thought they were? For your sake, I sure hope so!

Darcy Anderson has been married for 27 years. She and her husband Bob have two children and have what she considers to be “A Good Marriage.” That is until the night she goes rummaging in the garage for some Double A batteries while her husband is out of town.

Stumbling upon a box, Darcy gets more than she bargained for and immediately realizes that she doesn’t quite know the person she married. In fact, she doesn’t kn
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
What a brilliant and compelling story! A wife is married to an accountant who has a murderous characteristic trait (mildly spoken). She finds out about his deeds while looking for new batteries in the garage. How will the story continue? What about her husband and the kids? What about the retired detective who pays her a visit? This story was absolutely extraordinary. Stephen King comes up with excellent characters and leads you directly into the mind of a killer. Phenomenal story, brilliantly t ...more
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
I’ve said this before but after this superb novella, it certainly bears repeating: how on Earth does Stephen King’s wife sleep comfortably next to such a dark (albeit brilliant) mind?! 4.5 stars
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

What takes the creep factor up in this novella is the real life feeling of it, the idea that this could be someone's nightmare, even our own. What King asks is that nagging question, is it possible to ever fully know anyone, even the ones we love the most?

Sometimes ignorance is bliss, except in the hands of the author.
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How well do you know your spouse? Sure, you think you know all the little nuances about them – and I’m positive you know the things about them that annoy you – but can you ever really know everything about another person?

After 27 years of marriage, Darcy was sure she knew everything about Bob . . . until one night when she went out to the garage and stubbed her toe on a box that wasn’t where it was supposed to be . . .

“One lou
I've been married for a number of years, and surprising enough, we continue to learn something new about one another nearly everyday. However, there are things I hope I never learn about him... things like the wife in this story stumbled across in the garage, leading her to a horrific revelation about her husband. OMG I would die. Probably literally if it's anything like this husband's secret! Tell me you're gay, tell me you wish you were born a woman, tell me you want to move to Egypt, tell me ...more
Nov 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK, Stephen King...Here is a newsflash....

1)Being a 47 year old woman, I don't know of ANY 47 year old women who own housecoats. What was next for poor Darcy? Were you going to write her with curlers in her hair and a cigarette hanging from her yellow stained fingertips?

2) Unless she breast fed an entire village, a slightly endowed woman's breasts wouldn't be saggy at 47. Haell I know well endowed women whose girls still stand at attention!

3) I am shocked that you didn't write her as having one
Nov 07, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dem by: Delee
3.5 stars

I really enjoyed this short novel by Stephen King as it was supensfull short and entertaining. I listened to this on audio and at 3.5 hours long is quite short but well narrated and kept me entertained. I am not a fan of Stephen King novels but this one really floated my boat as it was dark and disturbing.

In this story Darcy and Bob Anderson are empty-nesters, a couple who have had a good and happy marriage raised their children and are comfortable in their lives and routines.Bob is

Murder! Murder! Murder! After twenty-seven years of marriage, Darcy thought she knew everything there was to know about her mild-mannered CPA husband Bob......until one night she literally stumbles upon some information hidden in a secret compartment in the garage so heinous and shocking, she cannot believe her eyes......but what was she to do......and then Bob calls at his scheduled time......he'll know something is wrong......

Deadly Good suspenseful story with chills and thril

Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic novel, well written... King has such a way with words, names, characters, plot... this book was amazing. Great storyline that makes myself as a wife question what I would do if I were in Darcy’s shoes. Not as sinister as his others but I like that he toned this one down. I didn’t want gore and guts and nasty words jumping at me. Highly recommend!
Dec 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-book, horror
How well does anyone know their mate? Darcy thinks she knows her husband of twenty-seven-plus years really well. That is until her batteries in her TV remote die and she goes to the garage hunting for some fresh ones. What she discovers in the garage changes life as she knew it for good.

Stephen King wrote a tale disturbingly unsettling tale, because it’s something that could happen to anyone, has happened, in fact. I had to ask myself: What would I do in a similar situation? Darcy’s reaction is
Yasmine Mohamed
Dec 23, 2020 rated it really liked it

"Does anybody really know anybody?"


A middle-aged woman, the original out-of- sight and out-of-mind kind of girl with a good home, two good grown up kids and a good loving husband seems like she is having a genuine good life. does she?

So she thought untill one afternoon when she accidentally discovers a secert that's going to change her life forever.

Her accountant, balding, coin collecter, cub scouting husband for twenty seven years isn't really who she thought he was.

Does she look the other
Would you know if your spouse or partner was a serial killer? Do you think you would discover it eventually by yourself or would you remain in dark until law enforcement show up at your front door?

Alternatively, do you believe the wives of serial killers when they say they had no idea what their husbands were up to?

Back when I used to read true crime and serial killers in particular, I had found innocence and complicity to be fairly clear cut. I didn't believe any of the wives or girlfriends,
What a great look at two short stories (novellas) by Stephen King.

"A Good Marriage" does a great what if. What if you find out the person you married, had children with, made love to, told your troubles to, was not who they seemed to be. What if they were a monster? What would you do? King does a great job of showing a marriage of comfort that gets upended when something sinister is revealed. No spoilers, just don't know if I could have been as strong. One reason why I love King, and always will
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

‘Did she know everything about him? Of course not. No more than he knew everything about her [...] There was no knowing everything, but she felt that after twenty-seven years, they knew all the important things. It was a good marriage, one of the fifty percent or so that kept working over the long haul. She believed that in the same unquestioning way she believed that gravity would hold her to the earth when she walked down the sidewalk.

Until that night in the garage.’
This is a great Stephen King short that can be found in his compilation, Full Dark, No Stars. The premiss is quite frightening actually, do we really know anybody? After being married for 27 years a woman finds out that her husband has more than one unthinkable secret. I watched the movie and it was done very well. Stephen King wrote the script with just a few added character parts but the story was the same.
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
I was just so bored. It was dark and what he did was messed up but it didn't make me think wow this is a great story! ...more
Ruth Turner

"A Good Marriage" and "1922"

When I first started reading A Good Marriage I had the nagging thought that I’d read it before, and the further I read the more sure I was.

I checked on Goodreads. I’d added this book in August 2014, and it was published in September 2014. Now I know I’m becoming forgetful, but there is no way that I wouldn’t remember a Stephen King book that I’d read in the last two months. No way!

I read a bit more and was certain that I’d read it. I checked my Calibre library, I chec
Smart Darcy insisted, if you found enough cat hairs in a person’s house, you pretty much had to assume there was a feline on the premises somewhere.

Just to clarify, this is just a review for A Good Marriage. The Kindle edition also includes 1922 but I didn't want to read it.

Synopsis Darcy and Bob Anderson have 'the perfect marriage'. They have a nice home in Maine, they both contribute to the community, and they have two grownup kids doing well for themselves. It sure is a shame that Darcy had t
This was my first King's. There. I said it. I was ashamed before, and I am doubly ashamed now. Why did it take me so long!

This edition included two novellas:

A Good marriage - 4 stars
1922 - 5 stars

I loved the writing and the stories. I don't want even start thinking why, even with a revolted stomach, I couldn't stop reading about rats! But I did! I plan to look for a copy of Full Dark, No Stars to read the remaining 2 novellas. I found this concept of ordinary people in extraordinary (and dark) s
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
In this King short story, Darcy Anderson is on a mission; to find batteries for her blessed television remote. Checking in the pristine garage of her husband of twenty-seven years, Bob, she stumbles across something she never thought possible. Taking the time to examine it, she ponders how well she knew the man she married and what this means for her, as well as for them. While she makes a decision that suits her best, she tips her hand in a call to Bob, who is away on business, and begins a ser ...more
Chance Carden
This was an interesting short read from King. The most interesting part was, while being fairly predictable, I was asking in the middle of the story, "how can this story possible continue and be interesting?" The major conflict was thrown up in the air and seemed to be resolved. Yet this story, without having any insane plot twists throughout the ending, kept me engaged until the end. It wasn't unnecessarily drawn out, nor overly unique, but very well written and enjoyable.

Goosie Scale Rating: 7
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Listened to this today while cleaning. The narrator was questionable but I mostly enjoyed it. Like many a good Stephen King story, this is fairly predictable. But it wasn't about the end, it was about the journey. They had a good marriage. ;) ...more
Darcy Anderson has been married for 27 years. She and her husband Bob have two children and have what she considers to be “A Good Marriage.” That is until the night she goes rummaging in the garage for some Double A batteries while her husband is out of town.

Another brilliant display of storytelling by King. What takes the creep factor up in this novella is the real life feeling of it, the idea that this could be someone's nightmare, even our own. What King asks is that nagging question, is it p
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book by Stephen King. I loved the concept of how one person's life can forever change just by walking to the garage to find some batteries. Just how much do you know about your spouse? Great premise and a great novella. ...more
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My first Stephen King read! Short and not-so-sweet, I loved this one because it gets right to the point. It's all of the nice and suspenseful parts with no middleman. ...more
Feb 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Erin by: Cheryl Kennedy
A few weeks ago I was looking at the Netflix streaming new releases and saw a movie, "Stephen King's A Good Marriage". I'm a huge King fan and had never heard of any book or story with that title, nor had I heard anything about the movie. Anyway, I put it on my "to watch" list, guessing that perhaps he had just written a screenplay. However, on the very same day I was browsing GR and saw that my friend Cheryl had read and enjoyed it. Naturally I immediately purchased a copy (it's only available ...more
May 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I bet this was a great audiobook.

I can't imagine how horrific this scenario would be in real life.

I read most of this book at night, I could literally feel the tension when he arrived home unexpectedly.


************Spoiler Alert **************

If someone had handed me this story and withheld the author's name, I would never have guessed it was written by Stephen King.

This is a very scary, realistic, novella. The horror doesn't come from some malevolent spirit. It comes from a dangerous
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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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