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Chris High reviews the book by Stephen King: Lisey's Story

STEPHEN KING - LISEY'S STORY

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN: 0340898933
October 24th, 2006

Front cover of the book by Stephen King: Lisey's Story.


REVIEW: LISEY'S STORY -
STEPHEN KING


Unlike many prolific authors, Stephen King rarely disappoints and with his latest offering, Lisey’s Story, the tradition continues.

Lisey Landon lost her husband Scott two years ago, after a twenty-five-year marriage of profound, sometimes frightening, intimacy. Scott was a celebrated, award-winning, novelist and a complex man.

 


Lisey knew there was a dark place where her husband ventured to face his demons. Boo'ya Moon is what Scott called it; a realm that both terrified and healed him, that could eat him alive or give him the ideas he needed to write and live.

Now it's Lisey's turn to face her husband's demons and what begins as a widow's effort to sort through her husband's effects, becomes a perilous journey into the heart of darkness.

From the outset of the novel, King instils an image of Lisey that is unshakeable. The faithful wife who dotes on her husband as he bathes in the spotlight created by his own success. To so effectively write about such a character is an undoubted skill, practiced by many but perfected by only a few. So personable is the charcterisation, in fact, one has to wonder how much of King’s wife, Tabitha – a highly acclaimed novelist in her own right and reputedly responsible for King’s career as it was she who fished an unfinished Carrie from the bin – is built into Lisey.

This is a journey into the soul of the author, where everything has a sinister side that merges light with dark to discernible levels and begs questions to be answered at each turn of the page.

It can also be taken as Stephen King taking a swipe at those who deride popular fiction simply because of its popularity, as Lisey attempts to exorcise what ever is lurking in the shadows, ready to pounce.

For “Things That Go Bump In The Night” read “The Critics”.

It is the creation and sustenance of atmosphere, however, which remains the author’s strongest card. Often in King’s work, it is the man or woman fighting alone who comes to the fore and, here, this ability to make the reader reach for a stronger light by which to read while they do so, is never more prepossessing.

Not since The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, perhaps, has King’s audience been so deeply on the side of the hero in her fight for escape whilst all the while realising that each creak of the floorboard or scratch at the window may not be the house settling or the wind blowing through the trees.

Quite simply, this is Stephen King writing at his very, very best and anybody who enjoys a roller coaster ride capable of twisting the blood should avail themselves of a copy forthwith.
9/10

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