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Publisher's Summary

An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively listenable stories. 

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad. 

As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King's propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can. 

©2018 Stephen King (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

Critic Reviews

"Narrator Will Patton turns this story into an audio blockbuster.... King's usual sprawling cast of characters is also present, and suffice it to say that Patton does them all justice." (AudioFile)

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Average at best!

What you have here is your basic SK average novel. Very well written as always, interesting and really good...in places, a few interesting and quirky characters... all mixed together with a WHOLE lot of boring in between!!! I admit that King has moments of brilliance with a few of his books but the rest are average at best and this is one of them. I passed it by several times due to reviews saying it wasn’t very good but based on a couple YouTube vid reviews I went ahead and got it because they went on and on about negative reviews being inaccurate. Well, they were wrong! Most interesting I guess was some of the references to other books and characters, which you would only be aware of if you’ve read the other books. Anyway, I could go on and on about how average this book was but I’ll stop. It definitely felt like a hodgepodge of pieces from several other books of his.

21 of 22 people found this review helpful

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Meh

The story was just ok. This book was terribly predictable. The narration was the only reason I finished the book and didn’t return it. Will Patton did an excellent job! Thanks Will for salvaging this for me.

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keep your expectations low.

It is not Kings best work by a long margin.

Basically Holly Gibney meets "It".

42 of 46 people found this review helpful

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A VERY DISAPPOINTED CONSTANT READER!!!!!

I have been a Stephen King fan from his very first book. I feel betrayed and angry after finishing this book. What a long, boring and excruciating experience. It would have been more interesting to watch paint dry on a hot and humid summer afternoon! It took every ounce of dedication that I could muster to complete this audio book. I often found my mind wandering while listening and I wouldn't even rewind to go back to listen to what I had missed. Why bother, it was just boring drivel! If I ever have to hear Holly's voice again I will run screaming into the night hoping to be saved by Pennywise!

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Tedious Audio

Like all Stephen King books, it starts out like it is going to be a good read. Many finish that way. Unfortunately this one drags on and on with an extremely tedious and often annoying narrator. The voice of Holly is simply excruciating.

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Stephen King usually does not disappoint me.

This book was pretty awful. I feel that I wasted a credit on it. Will Patton usually does a much better job, the change in volume was very annoying, having to stop what I'm doing, grab the phone or Alexa and change the volume and then change it back constantly. If a narrator wants to affect a whisper, it can be done with the same level of volume. As for the story, I am a huge Stephen King fan, and this book was less engaging than reading his grocery list. I have loved all of his books, judging 'Pet Sematary' to be the worst and '11/22/63' to be almost as good as 'The Stand'. Every other book since and including 'Duma Key' has been phenomenally enjoyable such that I wanted to cry when they ended.

21 of 23 people found this review helpful

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Had Great Promise, Ended Pretty Badly

I honestly liked the character of Holly Gibney... In the Bill HodgesTrilogy. It seems like King is obsessed with this character, and shoved her in our face in this book, and wanted us to know how awesome and quirky she is, and that somehow everyone manages to really like this awesomely weird quirky intelligent woman in her 40's who's strange but kind of likable. And smart. Don't forget smart.

The story had so much promise, but ultimately the "showdown" was lame, brief, and I felt that I had been cheated. I wanted more. The story started off pretty great, but again, in King fashion there was sooo muuuch detail. It's overkill. You can skip this one.

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Typical Stephen King story. Awful narration.

Typical Stephen King story. Terrible ending. And it was painful to listen to. It was like having a story read by Larry The Cable Guy. When he'd try to change his voice it sounded like Karl from the movie "Sling Blade."

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Mediocre story but with very good voice acting.

Mediicre story by Stephen King standards but the voice acting done by Will Patton is very good.

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Drags on and on and on

This book could have been cut in half, maybe a third. Every time anything happens, expect a monologue from every character on how they feel about that, and then listen to 10 different conversations on how they feel too. And WHY does Holly's voice have to sound like that? And WHY is there so much Apple product placement. For as long as it took, the ending was lackluster. C'mon, King...

6 of 6 people found this review helpful