When Mike Noonan's wife dies unexpectedly, the bestselling author suffers from writer's block. Until he is drawn to his summer home, the beautiful lakeside retreat called Sara Laughs. Here Mike finds the once familiar town in the tyrannical grip of millionaire Max Devore. Devore is hell-bent on getting custody of his deceased son's daughter and ...Read MoreWhen Mike Noonan's wife dies unexpectedly, the bestselling author suffers from writer's block. Until he is drawn to his summer home, the beautiful lakeside retreat called Sara Laughs. Here Mike finds the once familiar town in the tyrannical grip of millionaire Max Devore. Devore is hell-bent on getting custody of his deceased son's daughter and is twisting the fabric of the community to this purpose. Three year old Kyra and her young mother turn to Mike for help. And Mike finds them increasingly irresistible. But there are other more sinister forces at Sara Laughs - and Kyra can feel them too...Read Less
Hadn't read any King books in decades when my daughter mentioned she was reading this. She has good taste, so I ordered it!
Kept me interested enough to neglect my housework and farm chores. A couple of shallow characters but, oh well, still a good read.
Dec 17, 2009
I really like Stephen King, and this one didn't disappoint! Loved it!
May 6, 2009
Great Great Great!
This is one of King's best stories. It leaves you wanting to read more and more and more. Its got some spooky moments too it, and it brings you right in to the story. Read this Heart felt, romantic, thriller.
Jul 24, 2008
another great book by king
This is another of Kings stories that doesn't follow the bogeyman tradition, its a very in depth story, and I thought it was a sad story, but a good one. It takes a few pages to get into the meat of the book, but it is more than worth it, there is alot of "leading up to" in the book and it ends wonderfully.
Apr 3, 2007
One of his best
I am a huge fan of Mr. King's and have been reading him since I graduated to more adult reading at the age of eleven. This is one of his best books. The story is masterfully written, the character is likeable. I particularly enjoyed this one because i too am a writer and everything the main character said about how he came to an idea, and how he executed said idea spoke right to the heart of me. It's also a very suspenseful, scary ghost story. I read it in two days and have read it three or four more times since them and it's just as entertaining everytime. If you are a fan of Mr. King's and haven't yet read this please read it, you won't be dissapointed.
Publishers Weekly, 1998-06-22 Carrying galley copy that avoids the h(orror) word while touting its "O. Henry Award-winning author," King's latest novel features a marketing campaign in accord with the distinguished pedigree of his new publisher. But has King written a book that ranks him as a literary heavyweight? Indeed he has, though not by forsaking his roots: the novel is a classic ghost story. It opens quietly as narrator Mike Noonan, 40, bestselling author of romantic suspense potboilers (and latest in a line of King novelist-heroes, cf. Misery and The Dark Half) describes the death of his wife four years back and his consequent grief and writer's block. Mike has kept the block hidden from the publishing worldælimned in delicious detail, with real namesæby annually pulling one of his own, unpublished mss. from a safe-deposit box. Now that he's out of old novels to submit, he resolves to work through his troubles at Sara Laughs, his country house in backwoods Maine. Arriving there, Mike nearly drives over a three-year-old girl. She is Kyra, granddaughteræby way of beautiful young widow Mattieæof mad computer mogul Max Devore, who is hellbent on snatching the girl from her mother. Taking up Kyra's cause, falling in love with Mattie, Mike gears up for a custody battle. Invigorated, he breaks through his writer's block; but great danger, psychological and physical, awaits, from Max Devore but especially from the spirits, mostly malevolent, that haunt Sara Laughs due to hideous crimes committed by Devore's ancestor a century earlier. Violence, natural and supernatural, ensues as past and present mix, culminating in a torrent of climaxes that bind and illuminate the novel's many mysteries. From his mint-fresh etching of spooky rural Maine to his masterful pacing and deft handling of numerous themes, particularly of the fragility of our constructs about reality and of love's ability to mend rifts in those constructs, this is one of King's most accomplished novels. It is his most personal as well, revealing through Mike's broodings the intimacies of the creative writing process: a passionate gift from a veteran author to all who care about the art and craft of storytelling. 1.26 million first printing; BOMC main selection (Sept.) FYI: Bag of Bones is the only hardcover Scribner will publish in September. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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