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“Though I gush about how much I loved the story in nearly every Stephen King novel I review, this one is no exception: I LOVED this novel! Well, okay, maybe I loved this one a little more than other King works. Edgar Freemantle, owner of a successful construction company, is maimed in an accident...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“Edgar Freemantle had proven that the American dream works. As a building contractor in the Twin Cities in Minnesota, he made a lot of money and received plenty of acclaim. He and his beloved wife Pam were worth at least forty million by the time he turned 50. They had two children. The end of his...”see full review » see other reviews »
“As always, Stephen King manages to play brilliantly with your head. As a note, my sister barely enjoyed it, as she kept unexpecting the expected :D”Ultimus Peregrinus wrote this review Wednesday, November 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Pretty typical stephen King book. Nothing spectacular. Not a horror book but more of a supernatural, suspense, mystery. I did think, in typical king fashion, that the ending seemed rushed. He always sets the plot really quick, the meat of the book is the story and then the conclusion kind of feels like an afterthought. Almost written after he took a break from writing. All in all it wasnt a bad book. ”Chaikdog wrote this review Tuesday, November 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Fantastik! KingÂ´s purest!!”Fernando Herrera wrote this review Saturday, September 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Another book that is hurt by certain event lowering my enjoyment of the story. Until then I was very much enjoying the tale.”WolfBrother1983 wrote this review Friday, September 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Recovering from a horrific accident millionaire contractor Edgar Freemantle leases a dwelling on Duma Key (which I believe is fictionally located south of Siesta Key) on the gulf coast of Florida to recuperate. Up to then the set up was good and there seemed the potential for a good read. However, at that point the story changes from a horror story to a comedy. An absurd dull story line that describes Edgar’s new found talent as an artist as he paints with twists and turns healing and killing with each knew canvas. It drags on and on forever in great boring detail. A couple of times at various stages I came to Shelfari and read mostly positive reviews and wondered what I was missing and returned to the novel expecting a turn for the better. It never happened. At about page 300 I was sorry I started the book. At around page 400 I was sorry I didn’t discard the book at page 300 but with so much invested I trudged on crawling toward the finish and struggling to keep my mind from wandering away from what I was reading. The last King novel I read was Cujo which often caused the hair on my neck to stand and kept me drilled to those pages. This was a big yawn. Disappointing.”Ron C wrote this review Thursday, September 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Another good King novel. A good read .”ColleenR wrote this review Monday, August 26, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Edgar Freemantle had proven that the American dream works. As a building contractor in the Twin Cities in Minnesota, he made a lot of money and received plenty of acclaim. He and his beloved wife Pam were worth at least forty million by the time he turned 50. They had two children. The end of his "Golden Age" began when he experienced a basic law of physics that being a pickup truck has no chance against a twelve-story crane.
Edgar came out of that crash with a cracked skull, and a fractured left side with broken ribs, a broken right hip and loss vision and his right arm was lost. He was fortunate to have survived. Twenty-five years of marriage ended when a constantly raging Edgar became verbally abusive to Pam who visited everyday as he recuperated. Edgar also suddenly displayed a talent as an artist. Needing to leave behind people, he flees to Duma Key, Florida where only two other trauma survivors reside. Edgar finds out his new artistic skills enables him to see and change the future life and death of others even as he investigates the tragic history of his new island home.
I used to see a King book, or a movie based on his book, and I would dive in it without ever doubting what I was going to get in return. This is the first time he failed to deliver. I'm still am a huge admirer. Apparently he managed to entertain most of his readers with this work. I am just not one of them this time around.”
“Stephen King baggage aside, I think this is close to a perfect book. Story, characters, murky history. I'm in a rereading mode this year. Glad this was one of them.”Jaylynn wrote this review Friday, May 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I liked the story but felt like I was drowning in too much info...I thought the plot could have moved faster. :\”Brynn Myers wrote this review Sunday, April 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I wanted so badly to like it but just couldn't get in to it.
I was also annoyed by one of the characters, so much so that it made it hard for me to keep reading since she was a 'bigger' part of the story.”