My rating: 3 of 5 stars
After reading Stephen King’s “On Writing”, which was the first book I ever read by him, I thought I should finally start reading the Master of Suspense’s books. I’m even a little ashamed I haven’t done so much earlier in my life, but hey, it’s never too late to make amends, right?
Having seen both the 1976 horror classic and the 2013 remake, I already knew what the story was about. Which is probably why I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I could have, because in many ways I never felt any surprise, or shock, when I should have.
Nonetheless it can’t be argued against that Stephen King’s first real novel is a classic in every sense of the word. The writing is pleasant, and makes you want to turn every page over until you finish. Which is probably why I finished this one relatively fast.
Also I really liked the way King worked all kinds of documents, interviews and excerpts from other books into the story, so that the reader could get a more thorough view of what exactly had transpired in Chamberlain.
I’m planning on reading more from King in the near future, but I think the movies ruined this read for me, and although the story is interesting and compelling, not a whole lot happens in the first act of the book. Once it does, however, you can’t stop reading until you reach the end!