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Bag of Bones is the best book Stephen King has written in years As shocking as Carrie as mysterious and menacing as The Shining as funny and honest about writers as Misery as evocative of place as his record-setting bestseller The Green Mile this is a horror novel steeped in all the finest qualities of our favorite Stephen King stories And yet it is also a bold step beyond toward a more mature vision of marriage sex loss familyand especially evilNarrator Mike Noonan is a best-selling writer of romantic thrillersVC Andrews with a prick as he ruefully puts it Plagued by nightmares and writers block following the sudden death of his wife Mike escapes to their lakeside summer house known as Sara Laughs But this is King territory and Mikes beloved Yankee town has its dark side A century ago a group of local men murdered a black blues singer and her family The killers heirs have paid the price ever sinceBut this is only one of the buried secrets Mike unearths The community is held in the grip of Max Devore a powerful millionaire with a wicked past Devore is obsessed with taking away his granddaughter Kyra from her young widowed mother Mattie As Mike falls in love with Mattie and comes to adore Kyra he has to decode the warnings that only he and the child are receivingfrom ghosts He must do all these things or the killing wont stop It would be unfair to reveal any more of Kings story a complex web of relationships rivalries and revenge Refrigerator magnets that spell out warnings and a spooky trip back in time to a country fair are just the beginning of a long and scary ride By the end King has given you a larger sense of the interrelatedness of past and presentand of the wages of sin Bag of Bones then is the author at his best and something more
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