"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.
Duma Key was one of those books you just couldn't stop reading. It has a wonderful mix of tragedy, friendship, endurance, mystery, love, and of course, the supernatural.
This is a must read for all King fans and the kind of book that will draw in all avid readers.
I completely enjoyed this new Stephen King novel. With every major work there is always some new psychological, imaginative, and frightening twist to reality that is so well written that you almost believe it is possible. It was the kind of story that made it difficult for me to get out of my car when I reached my destination. You just have to find out what will happen next. This is particularly true of the last 1/3 of the download. As usual he mixes humor into the story, and his use of language had me laughing at times. Higly recommended.
This book was good right from the start. The intriguing way that the conversation is completely disoriented and quite profuse in the use of profanity was almost over the top, almost.
The main story was beyond comprehensive, almost eerie as you could think the next thoughts of the main character. The infrequent suspence of ghosts and supernatural kept the story from getting dry. The possibility that you never were sure if the main character was going to fight or flight was always the main factor keeping me up in the middle of the night.
In the end it was a very satisfying read, even the ending was satisfying in some demented way. Hoping that it wasnt the way it was never quite caught up with you even if suspected it as you ended the book. I kept waiting for something to change and the ending to turn.
Do not read this if you plan on sleeping at night.
This is classic SK with an added attraction...the influence of the serious accident Mr. King experienced is as interwoven as the ink to the page. The pain, the doubts, the fears, even the mysteries of healing, all of these echo what must have been some of the most personal thoughts and sentiments of Mr. King. Knowing that there is a very real sense of empathy only intensifies the reality of a serious accident.... that many can only imagine. And in truth, don't we all enjoy any sense of identifying with the author on a personal level? The "gonna get you in the dark" horror is certainly there, combined with my favorite element of SK novels..it could happen to you. Or to your neighbor. The characters are well developed as is the background, allowing one the ability to mentally visualize the scenery and action. This talent to convey the feel, smell and sights of the novel is the very thing that upgrades a novel from good to excellent for me.
Having read the majority of King's novels, I believe this to be his very best. The characters and plot are skillfully developed. He captures one's attention from start to finish and the narrator does an exceptional job as well. This is truly the best novel I've read in quite some time!
I am an old time Steven King reader and have to tell you this was one of his best. It goes back along the same lines as his early books where everyday people get into horrible nightmare situations. I loved the characters, the narrator and can just close my eyes and see "Big Pink". Mr King - please continue to rock!!!....
Now I remember why I read so much Stephen King in my earlier years. Well written, good characters and a real page turner. Small details you wouldn't notice piece together to enhance a complex story of love, friendship, loyalty, loss and survival(and let's not forget oh so scary at times!). I was both relieved and sorry to see it end. Well done.
Probably will be remembered as one of King's best books, with any luck. John Slattery's laconic narrative style brought the book to life.
This was the first SK novel that I have ever read. I saw a couple of his movies, but hated the scary factor. Never really interested me that much.
Decided to buy after a friend highly recommended it to me. I began listening to this book, "Oh My GOD!!" I spent long nights listening. It started a little slow but it built up very quickly. Everything was so vivid in my minds eye. I even got my wife to listen to the book and she hates audiobooks.
Very well done. I live in Florida and I am looking for Duma Key just for curiosity which of course does not exists, but you never know...
"I can do this..."
This is perfection...To hear Stephen Kings words made this book come so alive for me. The story combines elements that I love, family intrigue, horror, mystery, the ocean, and best of all-the interactions between friends. I just love Kings converational style...loved it, loved it, loved it!
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