My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I went into this having been mostly disappointed, if not bored, with the past three or four of Stephen King's books. Thankfully, this one grabbed my enthusiasm immediately, and held it all the way through to the (somewhat unsatisfying) conclusion.
I enjoyed how the story followed the intertwined lives of the two main characters over different periods of their lives, and how the obsession (and madness) of Charlie Jacobs evolved as his life marched on, while Jamie Morton's life went through its own twists and turns.
Without wishing to give away the ending, it seems to make a leap just a bit too far into the outlandish for my reading of the novel. King's endings rarely finish without a touch of the supernatural about them, but I did think there would be a conclusion that dealt more in... reality... than this probably does. Still, for me it was a return to a style closer to what I have enjoyed of his work in the past than some of his other recent efforts have been.
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