Book Review: Full Dark, No Stars – Stephen King

If you want to be spooked try Stephen King’s Full Dark, No Stars.

Tea pairing: copper knot hongcha black tea.

I grew up with Stephen King in my house. Well, he wasn’t literally there because that would be weird and creepy, but my mom had shelves of his books in her bedroom. I would occasionally skim through books of his, but I was more of a V.C. Andrews girl when I was younger.

I’ve always been a big reader and not long ago I started to take more of a look at Stephen King’s writing. My mom suggested Full Dark, No Stars and it didn’t disappoint.

There are four stories in the book: 1922, Big Driver, Fair Extension, and A Good Marriage.

1922 – When I first started reading this story, I thought it would end up being my least favorite but it turned out that I really loved it. It made such an impression on me and I thought the storytelling was exceptional. 1922 is more supernatural than the rest of the stories in this book.

Farmer Wilfred James commits a crime that rips his family apart and what you read is his confession letter. His son, Henry, has to keep his father’s dark secret which ends up eating away at him.

I ended up feeling so bad for Henry and related to him on certain levels when it came to keeping family secrets and his declining relationship with his father.

Big Driver – Tess is a famous writer and she’s on her way home from a speaking engagement. A woman tells her of a shortcut home and it ends up becoming her worst nightmare. She finds her strength and retaliates against those that wronged her.

This story kept up its momentum and was the one that made me cling to my husband while I was reading it.

Fair Extension – David Streeter has cancer and comes across someone who makes an offer he can’t refuse. He is able to transfer his bad luck to his best friend, Tom, who he’s always been jealous of.

This was my least favorite from the book and the shortest of the stories. It isn’t horrible, but because it was such a quick read, I didn’t really get the chance to connect with any of the characters.

The Good Marriage – Darcy has been married to her husband Bob for almost three decades and he has a job that keeps him on the road often. While he’s away on one of his business trips, Darcy goes into the garage for some batteries and ends up discovering more than she ever expected.

This story definitely kept my heart rate up and while I thought is was very good, I was a little disappointed with the ending.

I’ve heard several people say Stephen King has lost his touch, but overall I was really impressed with Full Dark, No Stars and I think it’s a must read.

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