Be sure to read this book in the broad daylight!
Bag of Bones is one of those books that makes you wonder whether you really need to use the bathroom in the middle of the night. Because you might hear a child crying in the darkness… You guessed it, this book creeped me out. But I loved it. And I must add, that at the scariest part of the book, a cyclone hit my town, and the power suddenly went off. 3D cinema can go home, this book is the king… (Stephen King, lol.)
WHAT IT’S ABOUT
Ok, seriously now. Bag of Bones is a story of a bestselling author, Mike Noonan. After his wife passes away, he suddenly suffers from severe writer’s block. He literally spent four years of his life filling in crossword puzzles. Then he starts getting nightmares about his summer house up in Maine. When his dreams become too bad, he decides to confront his fears head-on. So, he moves to that house, which is called Sara Laughs. Right from the start, strange things start to happen. At the same time, he gets his creativity back and starts to write. Mike is so happy that he is writing again, that he is willing to stick around. He’s more scared that he might lose his creativity once he leaves Sara Laughs than of the actual ghosts.
We hear the story from his point of view. He is a very relatable character. He is only thirty-six years old, but already a successful millionaire. He was raised to never admit it when he has a problem.
A young widowed mother. She is pretty and quite desperate. She is scared that her daughter will be taken away from her. She is a good mother, but she is very poor. She can’t afford a good attorney to help her fight against her father in law, who wants custody of her daughter.
Mattie’s three-year-old daughter. She has a psychic connection to Mike Noonan. They also share the same creepy experiences. She is wise and understanding for her age.
Mattie’s evil father in law. He wants to gain custody over little Kyra. He is rich and thinks everything should be his whenever he snaps his fingers. Oh, and he’s basically insane.
The house (Sara Laughs) is named after her. She was singer three generations before Mike and his wife bought the house. A lot of the backstory revolves around her, but that’s all I can say without spoiling the book.
WHAT I THOUGHT:
Bag of Bones might be my favorite Stephen King novel so far. It was more than a little scary, but it was also beautiful. The characters became familiar so that I feel like I should probably read the book again sometime soon. Otherwise, I might miss them too much.