"Edgar, does anything make you happy?"
"I used to sketch."
"Take it up again. You need hedges...hedges against the night."
Edgar leaves for Duma Key, an eerily undeveloped splinter of the Florida coast. The sun setting into the Gulf of Mexico calls out to him, and Edgar draws. Once he meets Elizabeth Eastlake, a sick old woman with roots tangled deep in Duma Key, Edgar begins to paint, sometimes feverishly; many of his paintings have a power that cannot be controlled. When Elizabeth's past unfolds and the ghosts of her childhood begin to appear, the damage of which they are capable is truly devastating.
The tenacity of love, the perils of creativity, the mysteries of memory, and the nature of the supernatural: Stephen King gives us a novel as fascinating as it is gripping and terrifying.
©2008 Stephen King; (P)2008 Simon and Schuster, Inc.
I could not have picked a better first audio book to listen to. The talent of a great author with the reading talant of John Slattery, I dreaded the book to come to an end. I will look for more books read by Mr. Slattery and more written by Stephen King.
The first two/thirds of the book was very good. I could buy the story and the characters were great. Then it degenerated into a silly, unbelievable ghost story. Everyone I know who has listened to it has had the reaction. To bad.
Overall, this book held my attention and I'm glad I read it. There were few surprises; King employs the full arsenal of his standard plot devices. It wasn't particularly scary; other of his books, The Shining for example, were more frightening.
The book didn't really get going until about the second half of part two. The story was interesting and the characters good, but it really wasn't a horror or thriller until that point.
The opening sequence involving the little dog kept me away from the book for several months. If you're an animal lover, you may find this scene particularly disturbing. A friend recommended that I simply skip that scene. I don't usually do that, but I did with this book. It made absolutely no difference at all in my reading of the book, and, true to his style, King dropped enough references to it throughout the book that I knew what had happened anyway.
There was a lack of real dramatic tension for a thriller type of book. No real surprises. That churning feeling in the gut that comes from a really good frightening read was totally absent here.
The narrator did an excellent job. The characters were well drawn, and many of them were quite sympathetic.
I'd recommend this book, but don't expect to be looking under the bed for monsters after listening to it.
I've listened to a lot of King's books and Duma Key is among the best. I've even had a couple freaky dreams because of it. You know its good if that happens.
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