Four years after the tragic death of his wife, Mike Noonan has returned his lakeside home, Sara Laughs. He doesnt know why he feels that he needs to be here but he knows that he is supposed to be here. Sara Laughs is haunted by several spirits, some good, and some evil. Mike has also discovered that his wife, Johanna, had been making secret visits to Sara Laughs. These visits had illicit some harsh feelings among the locals who want their secrets dead and buried. When Mike enters the life of Mattie and her daughter Kyra, he realizes why he has been brought here and the truth of his past could bring destruction to Kyra who is the granddaughter of Max Devore, a ruthless evil man who will not stop until he has what he wants.
King is truly masterful when it comes to crafting his villains. He can make them so creepy that it is discomforting to read at times. Bag of Bones millionaire Max Devore and is evil daughter are a prime example of this. The scene where they are bullying Mike made me fear for his life and I was urging Mike to swim faster, get away from them!! For a book to incite those kind of reactions in me is a great read in my opinion. Another favorite attribute of King is the storytelling. His descriptions are vivid enough that it is like a movie reeling through my mind.
The beginning of the book was a little slow for me but when we move to four years after the death of Mikes wife and his return to Sara Laughs the story flows effortlessly all the ways to the dramatic conclusion. Definitely recommended for fans of Stephen King and the horror genre.
This was the first Stephen King book I have ever read. I thoroughly enjoyed it. At parts I thought he was over explaining the story, but all in all it was a great story and a great book!
I will definitely be reading more King.
I had this on my reminder list for a while, a little wary of reading horror. This book was ok, a lot of characters to remember that weren't really necessary. There were a lot of questions not answered at the end and some of the dreams and other scenes were so confusing and unnecessary.
This is a great book! It is one of my all time favorites and one of King's best. The story and the characters are interesting on their own but when you throw in a little of the supernatural it takes it to a whole new level. If you are looking for a good read, this is it!
Four yearsafter the sudden death of his wife,forty-year-old bestselling novelist Mike Noonan is still grieving.Unable to write and plaguedby vivid nightmares set at the western Maine summerhouse he calls Sara Laughs,Mike reluctantly returns to the lakeside getaway.There,he finds his beloved yankee town held in the grip of a powerful millionaire,Max Devore,whose vindictive purpose is to take his three-year-old granddaughter,Kyra away from her widowed young mother,Mattie.As Mike is drawn into Mattie and Kyra's struggle,as he falls in love with both of them,he is also drawn into the mystery of Sara Laughs,now the site of ghostly visitations and escalating terrors.What are the forces that have been unleashed here-and what do they want of Mike Noonan?
King's Bag of Bones is for King fans around the world. It does not disappoint. IMHO, King is at his most brilliant storytelling when he takes a simpleif more often than nottragic slice of life scenario and his character (my favorite when he's a writer because I feel he's playing out a specific nightmare...)generally with great reluctance must face his inner demons, then go on the face those lurking on the outside. King's books grab all your sensespainfully heartbreaking, beautifully descriptive to the point Sarah Laughs will always remain in my mind a cabin over looking a lake in Maine, terrifying in the flashbacks to times when hideous things could happen and the good people of town turned their heads, yet in true King fashion, hilarious dialogue when precious, three-year-old Ki says, "I taggled my own quartermack!" King's the best; King is king.
One of my favorite Ghost stories by the King
This is one of my favorite Stephen King novels. It isn't really his typical novel, but it was definitely a good read. I loved it, and plan to read it again! :)
The second best Stephen King novel in my opinion. Right behind IT which is the best book I have ever read. Stephen King creates some very creepy imagery in this awesome, scary tale. Very disturbing.
Outstanding read. Keep you on the edge. You can't put it down.