Book Review: Lisey’s Story by Stephen King

  • Review: Lisey’s Story
  • Series: –
  • Author: Stephen King
  • No of Pages: 513
  • Release Date: October 24, 2006


“Lisey Debusher Landon lost her husband, Scott, two years ago, after a twenty-five-year marriage of the most profound and sometimes frightening intimacy. Scott was an award-winning, bestselling novelist and a very complicated man. Early in their relationship, before they married, Lisey had to learn from him about books and blood and bools. Later, she understood that there was a place Scott went — a place that both terrified and healed him, that could eat him alive or give him the ideas he needed in order to live. Now it’s Lisey’s turn to face Scott’s demons, Lisey’s turn to go to Boo’ya Moon. What begins as a widow’s effort to sort through the papers of her celebrated husband becomes a nearly fatal journey into the darkness he inhabited. Perhaps King’s most personal and powerful novel, “Lisey’s Story” is about the wellsprings of creativity, the temptations of madness, and the secret language of love.”

My thoughts:

Two years after her husband’s death Lisey Debusher Landon sits in her house while listening to yet another Professor beg her for her late husband’s materials. There is rumored to be an unpublished manuscript plus tons of writing which is like gold to them. Instead of taking no for an answer he in a roundabout way hires someone to go after her. Unbeknownst to him, that someone is certifiably crazy and hates Lisey for not releasing Scott’s material, hates her so much he wants to hurt her.

The few characters in this book are remarkable. Lisey is a force to be reckoned with and I don’t think that even she knows that.  She knows her husband so well that even in death she can follow small clues that he left behind. It’s amazing that she’s basically the only person in probably a good 75% of the story and yet you are never bored with her. I was consistently freaked out for her safety and her choices but Stephen King is so great at this that never once did I question what she was doing. Well why she was doing it anyway.

This was an exquisitely written book. Of course, it’s Stephen King! But you open this book and you’re mesmerized, it’s literally like you just sawed open Stephen King’s head and are looking into his brain, getting to know his characters and how he speaks. The story actually goes back and forth so much that you would think it would be like watching a tennis match, but he is able to make the change from past to present and to Boo’ya Moon totally seamless. The plot is also great. I fell in love with the characters, even with a man speaking to his wife from the Grave. I noticed I started saying Smucking a lot too… so that’s your warning, pick up this fantastic book at the expense of your vocabulary. Stephen King does come up with some interesting words.

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