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First, if you picked this book up on Audible, do not be fooled by the blurb! It is only the Big Driver story, not the anthology of 4 stories it advertises in the details. This was a touch disappointing, but not the book's fault.
I loved this story! Being a huge reader and fan of cozy mysteries, it was great having an author as the lead character. The whole narrative comes from her POV, and is delightful to read. Her perspective is a progressions, from carefree to traumatized. You know where the story is headed but can't help but want to stick with her on the journey.
The attack is very well handled and care is given to keep it from being too devastatingly detailed for the reader. What you do get is her thoughts after. All that she goes through and must consider in her response to this terrible thing that has happened. The storytelling here was beautifully crafted. It will be interesting to see how it translate on camera, there was so much going on internally.
Mr King always has a gift for setting the scene and throwing twists at the reader. His novels are a bit much for me, too wordy at times. However, the short stories and novellas are just the right fit. He has a way of condensing things down to the essentials, while keeping the beauty or the written word intact. The touch or irony is always appreciated. He is right up there with one of my classic favorites, Guy de Maupassant.
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Jessica Hecht, who is wonderful! I loved her tone and the emotions she infused into the read. She is quite a swift reader, usually I love this, but this time i slowed it down to really enjoy the prose. Her voices were distinct and consistent throughout the read. It was always clear when she was talking in her head or imagining a voice, this is key for the story. I will definitely be looking for more of her work!
This was such a great little read, I was sad to see it end. Now I am looking forward to the Lifetime movie. Maria Bella will be perfect for this character. While I enjoyed the narrator, it would have been a fabulous tie in to have had Maria Bella read the audiobook. Who knows that might happen later!
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This is Stephen King gold, even though the subject matter is heinous. But my complaint is simply that Audible should list in the details when a story is part of a collection from another book. A few paragraphs in, I realized that I already owned this story, as part of the collection "Full Dark, No Stars". I've read the entire King bibliography, & this is a great listen. But I'd rather have saved this $ to put towards a story I didn't already own. Still, a great story.
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