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.
Those were just my bookish thoughts, but I would love to hear yours in the comments below.
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