“You’re good for the ones you love. You want to be good for the ones you love, because you know that your time with them will end up being too short, no matter how long it is.”
Lisey’s Story starts out like plenty of King’s other books. The main character is a famous author’s wife… because it’s always an author in a Stephen King book. But that’s okay! King writes in ways that make the story and characters seem real. He knows how a writers life operates and he bases it off of his own, and that’s what makes the characters feel so real. Ahh, I digress… Lisey’s Story does take a different approach than his other books because it follows the wife of the author Scott Landon. We see how Lisey handles what follows in the wake of his death. The book is written in a way that jumps from present time to past events of Lisey and Scott’s relationship, as well as Scott’s childhood. It is a bit confusing at first but gets much easier. The timelines become more clear as we seem to be following Lisey in the present while referring back to the past to fill us in on everything that’s happening now. It actually becomes a really fun way to read that leaves me on the edge of my seat wanting to know what happens next and exactly what had happened in the past.
Overall this book is so much more than just a story of grief and loss. It is so many things. A beautiful love story, the loss of a spouse, child abuse, a coming of age for Scott; it can be terrifying, magical, and heartbreaking. Elements of horror, fantasy, crime fiction, and romance. It really feels as if King is showing off his skills, and that he is truly a master of the craft, and so much more than a just a ‘horror author’. The picture he paints of Lisey and Scott’s relationship is so real and it seems like he really illustrates the ups and downs of their marriage. Like he says in the book, ‘There are two hearts to every marriage. One light, and one dark.’ He creates made-up words, words that only Scott and Lisey understand. It’s their marriage’s own secret language. It was difficult and confusing at first but so much fun and even emotional as the words start to have more and more meaning to you as you read on. This book can get heavy, especially if you are an emotional reader like myself.
Another amazing element to this novel is the fantastical place King creates, born from the imagination, Boo’ya Moon. I love the supernatural twist he puts on this story, and that’s what King does best in my opinion! He takes a real-life situation and an emotional story and throws in the supernatural to make it horrifying or magical. It adds that extra dimension to the story, and it’s what makes him my favorite author! I also think the writing style itself is a bit different than his other books. It is beautiful and flowery, very descriptive. I loved having a female narrator! Lisey is such a bad-ass and the definition of a strong female character. One of my new favorite King characters! I cannot recommend this book enough. It will be one of the first books I recommend to people looking to get into reading Stephen King. This definitely makes it into my Top 5 and I already can’t wait to read it again!
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