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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Pet Sematary by Stephen King

Summary: "When Dr. Louis Creed takes a new job and moves his family to the idyllic and rural town of Ludlow, Maine, this new beginning seems too good to be true. Yet despite Ludlow’s tranquility, there’s an undercurrent of danger that exists here. Those trucks on the road outside the Creed’s beautiful old home travel by just a little too quickly, for one thing…as is evidenced by the makeshift pet cemetery out back in the nearby woods. Then there are the warnings to Louis both real and from the depths of his nightmares that he should not venture beyond the borders of this little graveyard. A blood-chilling truth is hidden there—one more terrifying than death itself, and hideously more powerful. An ominous fate befalls anyone who dares tamper with this forbidden place, as Louis is about to discover for himself…" - Amazon

I was looking for a scary book and this one was recommended by more than one person.  I thought I had read it in high school, but when I looked it up on Amazon, I realized I hadn't.  Not sure what I read back then with creepy animals in it....  Anyway, I went into this with (admittedly skeptical) high hopes.  I have never been a Stephen King fan (with the exception of Eyes of the Dragon), so I am always a little nervous to read another novel by him.  And sadly, I will continue to be so.

The story was good, but my main issue (as always) lies with the flatness of the characters.  I just don't find myself caring about them.  And when you don't care about the characters of a horror novel, all of the scary seems to dissipate.  There were moments of storytelling brilliance throughout this book, but overall, I felt very 'meh'.

3.5/5

560 pages

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