On one level, this is a love story. Lisey Landon is still in mourning and trying to understand the sudden death of her famous writer husband Scott. On another, its a tribute to family. On yet another, its pure and classic King horror. And yet its also a fantasy. For grown ups. Its also a fable about the evils of commercialism, greed, jealousy, and the lure and pressures of academia.
It features quintessentially King writing, of course, and yet scattered throughout are phrases, paragraphs and even whole chapters of writing so stunningly beautiful that they are sure to leave you breathless.
The plot is divine. Step by step, chapter by chapter, part by part, it creeps up on you. Lying in bed in the dark. Suddenly wide awake. A creak in the hallway. A breath. Not yours. You live alone in the house. You. Realise. Suddenly. You. Are. Not. Alone.
This book is like this. The terror creeps up on you like a nightmare. It ebbs and flows like the tide. And as you approach the ending (oh, the ending!) and then you read the ending, and you think the story is over, and you keep reading but then THE ENDING comes (the REAL ENDING, the whole damn point of the book) and its shockingly, brilliantly, completely sad but beautiful and yet still overwhelming whenever you try to rap your mind around it.
I cant say too much about this book for fear of SPOILERS ruining it for the reader but there are heroes aplenty in LISEY’S STORY and surprise, surprise,its not just Lisey Landon. It’s not really her sister Amanda, either (even though she stands up and does her deeds when its her time to do so). I cant say who it is, obviously, but read the book and you will see. Read the book and your life might change. Your heart will certainly break. Your pulse will certainly rise, too. And your opinion of Mr King and his incredible story telling abilities will go through the roof, launch itself into space and begin orbiting of the sun before you know it. Stephen King is that good. Lisey’s Story is that good. In fact it’s a schmucking masterpiece.
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15 in Movie, TV & Video Game Tie-In Fiction
18 in Supernatural Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
64 in Horror Fiction
4.4 out of 5
1,870 global ratings
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Reviewed in Australia on 27 July 2021
Sorry, while I’m a huge King fan, this did not resonate with me. The little sayings might have resonated with Scott and Lisey, and perhaps with Stephen and Tabitha, but not with me. Too much guff for my liking. I nearly gave up a third way in, and felt the ending dragged endlessly. But well, i guess i never give up on a King novel.
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Gripping and reaching into your quite corners of the mind.. hauntingReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 October 2018
Amazing reality meets netherworld type fantasy, true classic Steven King delivery, with real sense of feeling, awareness of the female psyche, at times I wondered how a man could be so perceptive of a grieving widow's mind set, guessing he must have consulted with a few or some professionals. A page turning, exciting, unnerving story, about marital bonds and sisterly love, about the darkness within some souls, and how we deal with it, about a strange, limbic parallel world, and wouldn't it be wonderful if we could each visit when we needed to seek the souls of loved ones, even so, an almost meditative state, except for that question.. where did /how did he dissappear? I keep remembering Lissey's husband's mantra. "STRAP IT ON BABY.." this novel lingers in your thoughts long after the final word is read.
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Patience is rewardedReviewed in the United Kingdom on 2 July 2020
I had read that this is King's favourite of his work and I can see why. It is obviously a love letter to his wife. When I first started reading this; the first third our so, I was thinking it may have been great to write But I wasn't convinced it made for a great read, in particular it didn't have a great cast of characters or sense of place that King's greatest novels have. Then, maybe a third of half way through this really started to come together and that start, really became the glue that made the second more exciting half bond together into a really good read.
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Review of Life's StoreyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 2 July 2019
Am very disappointed. Only read just over the 10% it was so long winded and boring. Couldn't take any more! Most unlike a Stephen King novel
6 people found this helpful
Romantic and frighteningReviewed in the United Kingdom on 7 August 2018
I love Stephen King and have bought and enjoyed all his books but this one less so because I found the language a bit difficult to get used to and I got lost in the story occasionally. I might read it again in a few months as I think some of the more tender nuances might have been missed during my struggle to understand what was going on.
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Worth the timeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 April 2018
I am working my way through some older Stephen King books I missed, I started this one then put it aside which is not like me, but I couldnt get 'into' it, after a couple of months I tried again and it slowly got better and better,I was glad I made the effort. It was on Kindle if that makes any difference.
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