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Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Book Review: Lisey's Story by Stephen King

'Time apparently did nothing but blunt grief's sharpest edge so that it hacked rather than sliced'.

My husband read this line out to me and I immediately wanted to read Lisey's Story. 

Lisey's Story is about a widow who's writer husband died two years previous to when the story is set. We see how Lisey copes with moving on with life and processing the loss of her loved one; 'There was a lot they didn't tell you about death, she discovered and one of the biggies was how long it took for the ones you loved most to die in your heart'

King is famous for his horror but he is so much more than a scream fest. King creates characters and stories you fall in love with and this is no exception. Lisey's Story is one of the greatest love stories I have ever read. It gives you all the feels with lines like 'I loved you then, I love you now and I loved you every second in between'

As a fair review I'm going to be totally honest; I hated this book for the first part. I found it disjointed and jarring. I'd like to re-read it to see if I felt the same second time round. It might just be me but if it annoys you I implore you to push on through.

Lots of reviews I have read are hyper-critical of King's use of the couple's idioms and private jokes, I however felt this added such a rich layer to the story. After all don't all couples have these? And doesn't it make sense for these to continue after the passing of a partner? That's what's so honest about Lisey's Story, it deals with love and loss in such a delicate and raw way; it had me sobbing on more than one occasion.

The story is more than a romance novel. It deals with the dark as well as the light. It covers mental health (in a beautifully scary way) child abuse, family issues I think everyone faces and even features a psycho killer! Again, being up front this book features a magical world pretty heavily but in context I loved it, it made you empathise enormously with Lisey's late husband and elder sister.

For me Lisey's Story felt personal for me; like how will I deal with losing my husband, how I deal with my dark moments, things that irk me about my family.

So, My final rating for Lisey's Story? Stephen King says without hesitation that Lisey's Story is his favourite from the books he has written, and I'd have to agree with him. I might even go as far as to say this is my new all time fave (knocking We Need To Talk About Kevin from the top spot!) 

Written by Amy @kittyandpip 

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