Tess Thorne, a famous mystery writer, faces a long drive home following a book signing engagement. Advised to take a shortcut at the suggestion of th ...more
Before I sunk my teeth into BIG DRIVER- I was talking to a Goodreads friend... and she warned me that this may not be the short story for me. I assured her I would go into it forewarned- I do love when a woman gets revenge on a man that is deserving of it.
This book ticked that box for me...but that was the only box it ticked. It started out much stronger than its finish...and in between was kind of hard to take.
Tess Thorne makes a comfortable living writing cozy mysteries- but some ...more
Tess Thorne is a famous author and has been out at a promotional event signing autographs and answering questions from the fans. After the event while Tess is driving she takes a route suggested to get her home faster but runs into some trouble ...more
As far as the narrator went, I thought she did a great job. I've seen a few reviews that said she was annoyi ...more
A shocking beginning leads to a true horror of a story for every female alive! When returning home from a speaking engagement, cozy women's mystery author Tess is stranded on an isolated back road with a blown tire and no cell phone service (of course) and when a 6' 6" GIANT steps out of a small F-150 pick-up to lend aid, his assistance soon turns to utter violence as she is.....(you can guess) (view spoiler)[knocked out, repeatedly raped, robbed and left for dead in a wet and grotesqu...more
Most days, Stephen King’s books are more than I can stomach. I generally read to avoid cruelty and real-life horror, and King’s stories bring precisely that into my merry head-in-the-sand existence. There ...more
I love revenge stories and this is good. In typical S King fashion there are some unexpected things. I want happy endings and/or justice for the good guys and the ending met my needs.
For those sensitive about rape scenes: the rape is not explicitly described. There is mention of him punching her more than once.
I usually avoid short stories, but this was worth it. Really good.
The audiobook narrator Jessica Hecht did a fine job.
I quick read, a page turner without all the eerie, far fetched scenarios I expect with King. I liked it though. This woman had some guts and sought her own revenge. Tried, convicted and sentenced!
Entertaining and quick.
His Rating: 1 star
My Rating: 1 star
After such a ...more
Did you ever see that reprehensible bit of snuff, I Spit on Your Grave? I did, when I was significantly younger, not knowing what to expect - I'd been looking at old lists of highly rated horror movies, and somehow, that was ranked up there. And somehow, to this day, gore porn smut still ranks in the horror genre. I don't pretend to understand - I find it infuriating, because I'm sick of watching torture porn, when I only wanted a ...more
I loved this story! Being a huge reader and fan of cozy mysteries, it was great having an author as the lead character. The whole narrative comes from her POV, and is delightful to read. Her perspective is a progressions, from carefree to traumatized. You know where the s ...more
Big Driver was an incredibly disturbing read for me. At times I wanted to just stop listening but King drew me in too well for that and I found myself pacing and holding my breath, while waiting to see where this was all going.
I certainly didn’t understand or agree with most of the choices that Tess made after surviving the horrid assault, but King made her character and her reasoning believable in the context of what she had been put through. I couldn’t help but cheer for her even wh ...more
Also, I was not fond of the reader who, for the first half of the story, used a voice affectation that made her sound like she was performing Story Time for5-year olds. Maybe it was a strategic choice? B ...more
Goosie Scale Rating: 8/10
I think King does well with weaving words in just the right way to send a shiver up your spine and make your hair stand. It's usually no ...more
Tess Thorne is a writer of mystery novels, who is assaulted and left for dead. Tess decides to get revenge on her own, and faces a side of her she didn't know existed. King has created a new female badass.
This is the second novella that makes up 'Full Dark, No Stars'. It is a tale of one woman's revenge against her rapist. 2.5 to 3 stars, in my opinion. It was okay.
The kind of story you drop everything for. The kids can go hungry, but you’ve got to finish your read. You know the type I am talking about.
The Rest of It:
This little novella was actually part of a collection, originally published in Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King in 2010. But in case you haven’t noticed, King is on the popularity train right now. Many of his books and short stories have been adapted for film or TV or are in the works to be adapted soon and he has another ne ...more
Stephen King likes writing about authors. I think of Misery, The Dark Half, Finders Keepers and even The Dark Tower where the author himself appears.
I tend to think it makes the stories more 'real' or 'applicable' to him. Let's face it, who can write a story about an author better than someone who is a full-blooded author himself, right?
This novella is not any different. Tess Thorne drives home from a book c ...more
This is a neat little story about a woman who was raped and should have died.
A story about a woman who doesn't want to tell anyone what happened because if it got out she'd have to admit that she really got raped.
A story about a woman who is about to sweep it all under the rug until her cat tells her ...more
He’s a master storyteller of course but Mr King is so often overlooked for his terrific writing, the way the story unfolds is quite clever. A lot of the story takes p ...more