P.D. James has one of the most beautiful prose styles of any mystery writer I have read. Her descriptions of people, landscapes and situations always amaze me. Her psychological profiles offer to explain the deep, dark purposes of cold-hearted murderers. I really had a difficult time determining who actually did the nasty deed. But as beautiful as her writing is, the book seemed to drag on just a bit too long.
We have come to believe that Stephen King is solely a horror writer, an artist who steeps himself in the darkest, most twisted places of the mind. Lisey's Story is a love story, and King does a marvelous job of explaining a very complicated relationship. It was not syrupy or maudlin. Just true. Whether it was autobiographical or not is unimportant. To strip these characters of all pretense was. He does a masterful job of portraying a very real love story. I was mesmerized and moved by the characters. Kudos to King.
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