“2.5 At first didn't care for the main character, but once he arrives at Duma Key that changed. Liked most of the characters but didn't care for where the book went at the very end. ”nina d wrote this review Thursday, February 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great ghost story. Right up there (but not quite as good) with Bag of Bones. ”Sam Worden wrote this review Thursday, February 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I've been reading this for about 2 years. It scares me so much, I keep it hidden beneath my nightstand and only take it out once in awhile. Now that's good storytelling! But I'm still too terrified to open it back up. lol. Maybe I'll try again this summer.”Nicole C wrote this review Thursday, April 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“SO GOOD! A new favorite by my favorite! Such vivid descriptions of the island of Duma Key that I booked a vacation to St. Barths to satisfy my winter blues while reading this book! The characters in this one are so great! I love Stephen King's character developement. So many twists and turns. READ IT!!!! ”Jessica Pulse wrote this review Thursday, January 31, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is the first Stephen King I have read in a long time, and I enjoyed it a lot. It seemed classic SK, although not as hair-raising, and maybe that was because I was listening to it and not actually reading it.
It's a story of a man who suffers a terrible debilitating accident leaving him with only one arm. After struggling through his recovery process, his doctor suggests that rather than give in to his thoughts of suicide he try changing his scenery, something completely different than what he's familiar with.
So he moves to a little island off the coast of Southwest Florida, an island that is alive with more than native wildlife. He takes up sketching and painting, something that he enjoyed years ago but never pursued. The excitement comes in when his pictures become more than just lines on paper or canvas.
The thing I liked most about this story, besides the interesting story line, was the fact that it takes place about 100 miles from where I live, so much of his descriptions of the land and some situations just fit right in with what it's like here. (But then I believe SK has a part time home around the Sarasota area, so he would know.)
If you like Stephen King, you should enjoy this.”
“This is 5-star, fantastic read from Stephen King, whom I had not read for at least two decades, and what a welcome back this has been! Wow!
The story is about a building contractor who after a debilitating accident, begins life anew as an artist. But his works are far from benign. Artistic and creative as they are, they are interlaced with something inexplicably dark -- where the world of the living and the dead are so woven that they exist in the same realm.
Like a work of art, Stephen King lays it on layer by subtle layer, weaving a masterpiece worthy of the master of horror. ”
“Very long and boring.”Larry Williams wrote this review Sunday, February 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Interesting only to see Stephen King describe Florida but not up there with his other works in my opinion.”Ted Stavas wrote this review Monday, January 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Scary”Dukenut wrote this review Friday, January 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Scary. Typical Stephen King, but very good. I hated that the artistic talent came from someplace dark, but I don't think Stephen King was commenting on himself. I think he wrote this because that's what his readers think.”nickaholic23 wrote this review Saturday, January 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No