A Good Marriage
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 ...more
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.
A house in Portland, Maine. A solid mail order busi ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
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, ...more
"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 ...more
‘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.’ ...more
"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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Goosie Scale Rating: 7 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more