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The Two Dead Girls

(The Green Mile #1)

4.52  ·  Rating details ·  32,901 ratings  ·  423 reviews
They were sisters, and the picture-perfect image of innocence. No one understood their brutal deaths, not even the man who killed them. But John Coffey is about to gain a new insight, about his life in prison, and about the one man who will walk him down that green mile . . . toward destiny.

Prepare yourself for Stephen King's boldest exercise in nerve-twisting suspense. A
Paperback, 92 pages
Published October 1st 1996 by Bt Bound (first published March 28th 1996)
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Dana The Green Mile was originally published as a serial. With one book being released every so often (don't remember the time span). When they were all re…moreThe Green Mile was originally published as a serial. With one book being released every so often (don't remember the time span). When they were all released, it was amalgamated into The Green Mile. So, seeing part 1, part 2, etc, is just the novelettes that comprise the whole of the book you've already read.(less)

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May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
What a starter into this famous novel series! I like the way that Stephen King does serialization of his novel just like Dickens (but better, without Dickens tedious parts). It's a great description of the main characters and you'll learn the story that led to John Coffey's imprisonment. The storytelling is magic. You'll even meet a mouse named Mr Jingles (I had to think about Alfred Jingle from Dickens Pickwick Papers). It's like you're walking through Death Row by yourself. An intriguing first ...more
"Your name is John Coffey." "Yes sir boss, like the drink, only not spelled the same way."

Who doesn't love the gifted giant of a man in THE GREEN MILE?

When I purchased THE TWO DEAD GIRLS, I had already read THE GREEN MILE so I knew what was coming, but thought perhaps it would be a more detailed account of the incident....or should I say horror of what happened to the two young sisters, but it is indeed pretty much the same....if memory serves. One part I didn't recall though was mention of a

Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
The start of a modern classic. Simple , smart, and breathtaking.
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-shelf, horror
Movies! I remember watching this one when it came out! It's so odd to be reading the tale a few decades later without even having a desire to watch the movie. :)

It turns out that Hanks with a prostate problem was NOT the most memorable part of the movie. It's the mouse, of course. The main character is always the mouse, and I'm not even referring to Steamboat Willie.

The short story is mild and reflective, even with the scent of rape, murder and peppermint, which is odd, all considered. And yet,
Michael Sorbello
A man with the mind of a child named John Coffey brutally murders and assaults two little girls and he seems to have no idea why he did it. After the event, he cradles their dead, naked bodies in his arms while weeping over the horror and guilt of his actions. Needless to say, this is a very unusual crime committed by a very unusual man. Unfortunately, the first book only briefly touches on this man's traumatic story and mostly focuses on Paul Edgecomb and his group of fellow police officers tha ...more
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
A good set-up for what's later to come. I like the main character and some of the other guards, they seem like realistic characters, although hearing about the urinary tract infection so often made me wince. I'm not a fan of the death penalty and this book helps reinforce some of the reasons why. 'The Green Mile' is aptly named. The scene where they find Coffey holding the girls is sobering - the entire scene from discovering they're missing to finding the result was amazingly written. Since thi ...more
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top, i-said
It was 1996 when I came across this, a happy accident, at my local 7-11, near the bat tree.

It is 1932 when we first meet Paul Edgecombe, head screw, and our narrator and walk The Green Mile at Cold Mountain, where men are sent to pay their final due to Old Sparky, the electric chair.

It is the year that John Coffey came to Cold Mountain, convicted of brutally raping and killing two, near nine year old twin girls, an enormous man, a mountain in his own right, with wet, dark eyes and a humble, g
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Loved the first book of the green mile. Some things are different then the movie. Great, powerful writing that lets the imagination going. A modern classic story. Hope to enjoy part 2 even more!
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It helped, and it didn't, to have seen the movie first. It helped because I could easily envision all the characters as i read, while still enjoying Mr. King's wonderful writing. And it helped that I knew what was coming, which is also what didn't help. I knew some bad and hard things were coming and almost couldn't make myself continue reading. That there is slight difference between book and movie is good then.
This is only #1 and I have the other five. Stephen King is one of the best writers t
Bookish Devil
Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
My First Stephen King Novel and I'm glad that I started off with this series.
Despite its short length it was very intriguing. And though it ended kind of plainly rather than in a cliffhanger, the theme of the series would definitely pique your interest to read the sequels of the same. :)

The setting of the story vaguely reminds me of Shawshank Redemption though.
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Man, I wish I was in to Stephen King when this came out in serialized fashion. I watched the movie back then, but hadn't read the book.

In the past 5 to 10 years, I've started reading King.

He's good. He's so good.

I guess the good part is, you know how people binge watch TV shows now? I can binge-read these. Yeah. I'll be doing that.

One thing to add: in book one, there is a great introduction about books and reading in general.
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No one tells a story quite like Mr. King. Sad, heartbreaking and riveting!
Adolf Schindler of Books
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It is a fantastic piece of the master Stephen King because the characters are well developed and the plot is amazing.
A newsletter I love brought this re-release to my attention, and it warms my heart.
Back in 1996, Stephen King released The Green Mile in 6 installments. I was too young to read it in '96, but now I can experience the ebook releases as readers originally did, without the ability of skipping ahead. The parts are being released in two week increments so at least you know exactly when the next part will be released. Take note, George RR Martin!!! just kidding.
I watched the movie several years ago,
*Cliterary Genius 2017 Reading Challenge, January: Read a Stephen King book.
Late to the scene on reading this series. So glad I am finally reading it....In this first section we are introduced to some of the main characters, can't wait to continue with this! ...more
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
”Do you have a name?” McGee asked.
“John Coffey,” he said in a thick and tear-clotted voice. “Coffey like the drink, only not spelled the same way.”

Easy start loving some guys and start hating others...
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Original review I wrote at 2:45 AM, exhausted: Very good start to the beginning of "The Green Mile" series. Enjoyed several different parts of the story and the set up for more. Can't wait for two!

More thorough review at 7:13 PM, sort of tired: I have really enjoyed the first part of this serial novel. I am also genuinely surprised by how much I've enjoyed the beginning of this book although I am a fan of the movie. I guess the reason I am so surprised is because I've always written Stephen King
Mar 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
I love this story, but I have never sat down to actually read it through before now. I am actually pretty surprised at how faithful the movie adaptation is to the story so far. I recall quite a bit of narration in the movie, but I know they do not go to the depths the books do. There is a bit more nebulous an idea of a solid timeline in the books than in the movie, which I think is probably more true to the idea of the story, since Paul is telling us the story from the standpoint of an older man ...more
Oct 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
I started seeing a lot of King’s books on my feed, and, naturally, I got pulled into the reading mania. Despite the fact that I know that I don’t enjoy his books, I looked up his work and picked a few books that seemed interesting. I decided to read only the first part of the Green mile solely because I knew I wouldn’t finish the whole book if started.

There’s just something with King’s books that isn’t for me. It took me 3 days to finish 60 pages, and I finished it only because it was 60 pages
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
The feeling of this book is really haunting. Part one has really set the tone of this serial (6 parts). It depicts a pretty horrendous crime so you know what type of people our narrator is dealing with, but I am thankful that he has not shared more than he has needed to. I really am enjoying the narrators voice, it is oddly calm, but I can tell something big is going to be shown to me. I am going to be jumping into part 2 as soon as I can.
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
No less masterfully crafted or instantly captivating all these years later. My heart’s in it now.

Spurred by a wild hair, spontaneous spring cleaning unearthed my copies of these serial novellas...and instantly taken back to the time I devoured each one, I made the mistake of opening—just to take a peek mind you—Two Dead Girls.

And there endeth the spring cleaning.


Dec 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is book 1 of a series and only 100 pages long. I already saw the movie so I knew what was going to happen. It's heartbreaking what happened to the little girls. ...more
Dec 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
it's awful true story .
scary .
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great start to a wonderful story.
Freya Beavis
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I haven’t read a Stephen King book in ages and it’s all flooding back to me how easy his work is to get through! It’s engulfing!
Bobbie  Bomber
True rating 3.5
I picked the 6 part chapbooks up on a whim in a used book store and read this first instalment on the bus home. Mannn is King a good writer. Everything was gripping; the story, the characterisation, the narrator, the setting, even the eerie cover art. The mood is so grim/ dingy in a way that made me lament the misery people experience on death row (especially during the Great Depression) and reaffirmed my opposition to capital punishment (even though some kind of punition is obviously due when d ...more
Justin Lahey
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Here's the thing. Back in 1996, March to be exact, in the heart of my Stephen King obsession (I rekindled my obsession with Under The Dome and have been reobsessed ever since!), Stephen King did an absolutely amazing thing: he decided to write a story divided into 6 parts that would be published every month. So my sister and I shared a superb adventure. Here's how we did it back then: we would rush up town and buy the book on its release day, and power through it like rabid fans - and then re-re ...more
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
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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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The Green Mile (6 books)
  • The Mouse on the Mile (The Green Mile #2)
  • Coffey's Hands
  • The Bad Death of Eduard Delacroix
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