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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.

23 of 24 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.

33 of 35 people found this review helpful

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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!

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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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."

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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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.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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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...

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Not King's best work.

King has written better novels. The reader was disasterous; mumbling, whispering, & stilted characters. ugh

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  • Jim Conway
  • Louisville, Ky United States
  • 10-09-18

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I have been a fan of Stephen King for a long time. It is my thought that he could have told this story with NO sexual content what so ever. I just couldn't wrap my head around as to WHY he felt the need to take the shock value to that level. The murder of a child is bad enough but the graphic and sexual nature contained in order to create the story line just wasn't needed. I finished the book but have had to tell several other fans not to even begin to read it because of explicit detailing of the rape and murder of a minor child. Sorry Mr. King but this one doesn't go into my library. It would be my fear that my young daughter would pick it up.

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it's ok<br />

it did get boring at times, I thought it was great at first but lost interest.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful