Carrie; Stephen King


I’ve been a fan of Stephen King for quite a while now, and I’m always finding more books of his that I want to read.  Carrie has been on my TBR for years and years, and I finally got around to reading it last week.

[The Plot]: Carrie knew she should not use the terrifying power she possessed… But one night at her senior prom, Carrie was scorned and humiliated just one time too many, and in a fit of uncontrollable fury she turned her clandestine game into a weapon of horror and destruction…

I’m so glad I finally got around to reading Carrie, and I can’t believe I didn’t know this was Stephen Kings first novel.  Carrie is a loner, she has no friends and was raised under her mothers strict rule.  She’s a complete outcast in school, the butt of every joke and naive in every way.  All until one fateful gym class where it all gets too much for Carrie and she snaps.

Carrie has her first ever period in the shower after gym class, and has no idea what is happening to her.  So when the other girls all laugh and shout at her, she snaps and sends up being sent home.  Carries mother’s religious views are so intense that she genuinely believes Carrie has gotten her period as punishment for a sin. The more Carrie is starting to understand what is happening to her and her body, the angrier she is getting, towards her mother for not explaining things to her, and to her peers at school for laughing at her and mocking her.  She starts to realise that she can move things with her mind, and at first it takes a lot of effort, but with practice, she becomes stronger and stronger.

Carrie seems to be in a better place up until her senior prom.  Sue Snell, one of the girls shouting and laughing at Carrie in the shower room, had felt so guilty about what had happened she has convoked her boyfriend to take Carrie to the prom.  As a friendly gesture.  However, things go sour from there on in.  Carrie is once again humiliated in a horrible prank, in front of the entire prom and she fully looses it.  I don’t want to give away too much (although I’m sure many of you will have read the book, or seen the film), but Carrie uses her new found power to pay back those who have hurt for all these years.

The only reason I didn’t rate this book five stars, was purely for the fact that I was expecting it to be much more scary.  I found it to be tense and somewhat thrilling, but not so much scary, so I was a little disappointed.  The next Stephen King book I intend to read is The Shining, but please leave any more recommendations in the comments below.

I rate this book four out of five stars.

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Darkly Dreaming Dexter; Jeff Lindsay


After watching the TV series and absolutely falling in love with the Dexter world, I couldn’t wait to delve into the book series it all started with.  For anyone who hasn’t seen the TV series and wishes to do so, this may contain Spoilers!

[The Plot]: Meet Dexter Morgan, a polite wolf in sheep’s clothing. He’s handsome and charming, but something in his past has made him abide by a different set of rules. He’s a serial killer whose one golden rule makes him immensely likeable: he only kills bad people. And his job as a blood splatter expert for the Miami police department puts him in the perfect position to identify his victims. But when a series of brutal murders bearing a striking similarity to his own style start turning up, Dexter is caught between being flattered and being frightened — of himself or some other fiend.

As I have already said, I read this book as a result of loving the TV series and after reading just the first book, I think I may prefer it to the TV series.

As any book that is turned into a TV series or film, there are always going to be differences, whether they be subtle or huge scenes they simply can’t fit into a film.  Something that doesn’t often happen though, is the TV series actually embellishing and adding a whole side plot to the original story.  In the episode of the TV series based on the first book, Dexters sister, Deborah, is actually dating the serial killer miming Dexters own style.  In my own personal taste, I much prefer the way the story unfolds in the book over the TV series.

As you are reading through Dexters point of view, I’m so glad the TV series didn’t exaggerated his thoughts and his relationship with his dark passenger.  You really get a sense of how he can’t fully control the ‘dark passenger’ but suppress it by killing the right people.  I think it was this that kept me

After reading this book in just a couple of hours, I can’t wait to continue with the rest of the series.

I rate this book four out of five stars.

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Mr Mercedes; Stephen King

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I think it’s becoming quite clear that I’m a little bit in love with Stephen King’s books.  I think this is the darkest of King’s books I’ve read so far.  That being said, I think it’s also my favourite.

 [The Plot]:  A cat-and-mouse suspense thriller featuring Bill Hodges, a retired cop who is tormented by ‘the Mercedes massacre’, a case he never solved.
Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of that notorious crime, has sent Hodges a taunting letter. Now he’s preparing to kill again.
Each starts to close in on the other in a mega-stakes race against time.

When I picked up this book, I didn’t really know what to expect.  I had read the back, but I didn’t go to the extent of looking up reviews or scrolling through Goodreads.  When I started the book, I felt really sorry for Bill and I didn’t really know what direction the book would take him in.  Bill is seriously considering suicide and has no fear in him about death and what little he has to leave behind.  When he receives the letter form Brady, it’s almost like a spark has been lit and he has something to focus on again.

As you read about Brady, it doesn’t seem possible at first but he gets more and more dark and disturbed as the book goes on.  There is no way you could really fully understand his as a person, but It’s interesting to read from his view.  Instead of just hearing from Bill, you get to see into the bizarre ways Brady justifies his actions and his way of thinking.

The more I read, the more I wanted Bill to catch Brady so badly and give him what he deserves.  As you are reading from both Bill and Brady’s point of view, you know what they are both planning. I found myself getting anxious and het-up at the thought of Bill not figuring out Brady’s plan in time.  But as I got closer to the end of the book, I was cheering certain characters on and I couldn’t possibly put the book down until I found out if they had caught him.  Without giving too much away,  it’s nice to see Bill have a semi-happy ending.  At the beginning of the book he is lonely, retired and on the verge of suicide.  So, just the fact that he has pulled himself together and even has a couple of people he considers friends is nice to read about.

I rate this book five out of five stars.

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The Green Mile; Stephen King

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As the only big reader in my family, I have tried and tried over the years to encourage my family and close friends to read more and really get into a book.  So when a relative of mine, who until this point had barely picked up a book, told me he had read a book by Jane Casey and wanted recommendations, I was thrilled to recommend Stephen King.  It was only two weeks later when he told me he had started reading The Green Mile, and I was so proud of him for reading for his own pleasure, that I decided to read along with him.

[The Plot]: At Cold Mountain Penitentiary, along the lonely stretch of cells known as the Green Mile, killers are depraved as the psychopathic “Billy the Kid” Wharton and the possessed Eduard Delacroix await death strapped in “Old Sparky.” Here guards as decent as Paul Edgecombe and as sadistic as Percy Wetmore watch over them. But good or evil, innocent or guilty, none have ever seen the brutal likes of the new prisoner, John Coffey, sentenced to death for raping and murdering two young girls. Is Coffey a devil in human form? Or is he a far, far different kind of being?

After reading Misery many months ago, I’ve been meaning to pick up more of Stephen Kings work, so as I’ve said above, this was the perfect opportunity to do so.  Over the last 6-9months, I’ve really gotten into crime and thriller books, and they weren’t really the type of book I would have gone for before hand.  Whatever it was that gave me the crime/thriller bug, I could not be more grateful.  I’ve read some incredible books over the last 6 months and Stephen Kings is so far top of the list.

I really enjoyed the tempo of this book, as you are reading from Paul’s perspective it jumps back and forth through his memories and it almost feels like you are being told the story in person.  Almost like when your grandparents tell you a story and they get side tracked on small details and forget the order of events.  This kept me fully immersed in the story as I imagined Paul sat in the sun room telling me his story over a cup of tea.  King really makes you feel all of the emotions as you read through Paul’s incredible past.

I must say that I am incredibly proud of myself for not crying whilst reading this book, as I’ve been known to cry for much less.  And saying that I did have a lump in my through on a couple of occasions whilst reading, but they way King makes you feel involved in the story and living through the memories with Paul, it’s not hard to see why.  This is a truly emotional book and after finishing it I just sat for while not really knowing what to do with myself.

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, I can not wait to get my hands on more of Stephen Kings work, and can’t see it being too long before I do so.

I rate this book five out of five stars.


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Misery; Stephen king

Recently, I decided it was about time I see what all the fuss is about with Stephen King, and I certainly wasn’t disappointed. I have always liked a plot with dark, twisted undertones, but I had heard that Stephen King can be a pretty scary read.
To ease myself in to Stephen Kings handiwork, I looked into a few of his titles and chose one that wasn’t too much of a long read, a taster if you will. So upon reading Misery, I was somewhat on edge just at the thought of it being a ‘thriller’.

[The plot]: Paul Sheldon is a writer. Misery Chastain is the star character of his bestselling novels. All Paul wants is to do some ‘real’ writing, and with a sigh of relief he kills Misery. Paul is overjoyed to be done with the Misery series. That is until the crash. Upon waking up in a strange bed, with a strange nurse caring for him, Paul learns that Annie Wilkes is Misery’s biggest fan and will do anything to keep her alive. Anything.

This story is full of suspense and intrigue. While I find it hard to put most books down once I’ve picked them up, this was a whole new level. I found myself constantly weaning to know what will happen next? What will Annie do?

As you learn more about Annie’s background, besides the fact that she is a psychopathic nurse, the story captures you in a way that is hard to describe. While the story line is truly horrific, it’s one that is completely plausible and gets you thinking, this could happen to me, to anyone. The skill that King has, to create a horrifying journey that you can’t possibly leave for want of knowing more, is like no other and I can’t wait to delve into more of his work.

I couldn’t be happier that I chose Misery as my first Stephen King read.  Although it is a horrific psychological thriller, I found it to be an easy read.  King’s writing style keeps you so engrossed in the book that you are completely lost within it’s world and before you know it, you’ve read the entire book in one sitting.    As long as you are not one to shy away from a bit of blood and gore, this is definitely a book that can be enjoyed by a huge array of people.

Overall, I rate this book four out of five stars.

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