I enjoyed this book and would give it a solid 6 out of 10. Well worth a read, the story is engaging and the characters believable. I looked forward to getting the day’s work done to be able to sit down and read. The parts around the institute were interesting and held you in the story.
What I found very intelligent and thought out (no spoilers) was that he put forward a valid reason for what was happening, misguided by the characters and off-the-wall but a reason that explains their actions.
However, for a writer so experienced and accomplished, I found the writing sloppy. Apart from Rowling, this is the bestselling author of modern times and the book is littered with parenthesis (like this) which surprised me, and he uses so many adverbs and throw-away words almost, a little, rather. People are rather tired and rather hungry. I guess the sentence All in all she was an out and out psycho was deliberate alliteration, but the book is full of sentence like this. Some parts felt drawn out and I think if the book was cut by 50 pages it would be a stronger read.
All that said, it’s true King style. It’s a story you would expect from him and he does it well. I would recommend this book because you can’t go wrong with Stephen King and it’s exactly what it says on the can—a very enjoyable read.
Katherine Black / Susan (Sooz) Simpson
Founder of Best Book Editors
Katherine has held almost every single job imaginable, from painting gnomes to zookeeper. She spent most of her life in the caring profession and has managed both a nursing home and a care agency. But her passion for the written language always brings her home to novel writing.
Born in Tyne-and-Wear, North-East England, she has settled in the beautiful Lake District, Cumbria, with her partner, two dogs, a cat, an iguana and a python (just don’t ask her which of those six things is her favourite!).
She specialises in content creation and social media outreach, and has been a developmental editor for hundreds of clients. She owns and operates bestbookeditors.com where she helps foundling authors polish their skills. However, after being diagnosed with a dramatic brain condition in 2022, she has had to let 23 staff go, and scale back the business. BBE is still very much open, we are just fewer and can’t take as much work on.
Katherine Black is the author of psychological thriller/detective/fantasy adventure novels.