Before I get to my suprise bonus post, here are the stops today:
Maja @The Nocturnal Library: Something Wicked Strikes: Nocturnal Library Challenge
Ali@My Guilty Obsession: Cecy Robson
Happy weekend! I have a surprise bonus Wicked post for you all today. How about a
review for a Stephen King short story? That's right, I am reviewing the audiobook for A Good Marriage, a short story which originally appeared in King's Full Dark, No Stars Short Story Collection. This newest King release is about to be released on the big screen, so hurry and read it before seeing the movie. It is all about a woman who finds she doesn't have the good marriage that she thought she did once she makes a startling discovery in her garage. It just goes to show that you can't ever really know a person.....
Here is my review, be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of the post.
A Good Marriage by Stephen King, Narrated by Jessica Hecht
Soon to be a major motion picture starring Kristen Connelly, Joan Allen, and Anthony La Paglia, Stephen King’s short story, “A Good Marriage” from Full Dark, No Stars is now available as a stand-alone audio edition!
Bob Anderson, Darcy’s husband of more than twenty years, is away on one of his business trips, when his unsuspecting wife looks for batteries in the garage. Her toe knocks up against a box under a worktable and she discovers she doesn’t know her husband at all, but rather has been living with a stranger. This horrifying discovery, rendered with bristling intensity, could be the end of what Darcy though was a good marriage…Audio CDPublished September 30th 2014 by Simon & Schuster Audio
Source: Publisher in exchange for an honest review
Four Stars: A riveting, unsettling tale that proves you can't ever really know someone....
Darcy Anderson is irritated. Her favorite tv show is about to start, but she can't change the channel because the batteries in her remote control are dead. Bob isn't home to do it for her, so Darcy has to run out into the chilly garage and find the batteries before her show starts. Little does she know, this unexpected trip to the garage will change her life forever when she stubs her toe on a box sticking out from under the work bench. Darcy soon learns the terrifying truth about her husband, and she is chilled to learn that the man she has been married to for twenty seven years, the man she thought she knew is hiding a sinister secret. What happens when a good marriage turns bad?
What I Liked:
- As always, King delivers another masterful, character driven story that uncovers the darkness hiding in a good marriage. I loved the way King carefully crafted his characters, taking his time to fill in the backstory before delivering the horrifying truth. It is unsettling to discover the one person you thought you knew is not the person you believed them to be. A story that could happen to anyone. This tale will haunt you, and it won't leave you anytime soon. You will be forced to ponder what would you do if your life came crashing down?
- This is a character driven story centered around the seemingly sweet, somewhat naive Darcy Anderson. Darcy after twenty seven years, believes she knows her husband inside and out. Yet when she is confronted with the shocking truth she is forced to make a bold decision. I loved watching Darcy at first try and deny the terrifying reality before coming to a cold, hard choice. It was interesting to get into her head and see her thought process and watch this perky, sweet woman stare down a monster. Her counterpart, Bob, is the town nice guy. A Cub Scout Leader, good father and husband and all around great guy, or is he? I liked getting inside his crazy head and learning the truth. Darcy and Bob are two exceptionally crafted King characters that I won't forget.
- The story is riveting. I always love how King slowly drags me into one of his books. He is the master at meticulously creating his characters and sculpting out his story. You read with the unsettling feeling that something bad is going to happen, but you are so invested in the story and attached to the characters after just a few chapters, that you can't stop until the bad thing is revealed. I love a good King story, and this is one that I found truly chilling because it can happen and has happened. What would you do if you found out the person you loved was not the person you thought them to be? Watch as Darcy ponders this daunting scenario.
- This is fast, suspenseful and thrilling read. It is one that you can read in one sitting, and I assure you, once you start you won't want to put it down. I appreciated that it kept me entertained, engaged and that it drew to a satisfactory close. Another excellent short story by King.
- I listened to the audiobook version of this book and I thought that Jessica Hecht was a superb narrator. Her voice lends charm and delivers the naivety that is Darcy Anderson. She packs in plenty of emotion, and I had no trouble with her narration.
And The Not So Much:
- I wished that there was just a bit more on Darcy's thought process on how she was going to escape. Not a big deal, but I wanted more.
- I liked the twist at the end with the retired detective. I was curious though as to why he never acted before.
- The aftermath is glossed over rather quickly, and I would like to have gathered more on the kids after the fact.
- Some of the murder details are dark and gruesome, not for the squeamish.
A Good Marriage is a haunting, enthralling and frightening tale of a good marriage gone bad. What would you do if you found out the person you were married to for over twenty years was harboring some dark, unforgivable secrets? Follow Darcy Anderson as she lives this nightmare. What makes this a true winner, is that it is absolutely believable. It is a story that you will stick with you for weeks to come. Can you ever really know someone?
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
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