The Bottom Line
- King throws everything into this one: drama, adventure, fantasy, horror, comedy, suspense, and even a tear here and there.
- Some might say this is Kings most personal work ever its a love memento from a master of horror.
- Lisey is such a wonderful main character, you cant help but feel everything she does: youll ache with her as she learns more about her husbands disturbing family past; youll be terrorized with her as she encounters natural and supernatural demons; and youll seek with her as she enters the imagination of the man she loved.
- Kings realization of the love between Liseys family of four sisters is as wonderfully realized as his horrific display of a father and two sons whose souls were possessed by horrific evils.
- King gives credit to so many writers that have inspired him, its fun to see who he will mention next (songwriters to screenwriters to authors, Hank Williams to Peter Bogdanovich to William Faulkner).
- This book is all over the place; even though King tosses the idea off in the authors note, more editing could have raised the level of his writing here.
- Despite Kings horror/fantasy leanings (and Im sure he felt it necessary to include them in the tale), the novel works best when its not focused on the fantasy world of Booya Moon.
- There were moments when Kings writing reached the level of literature in Liseys Story (Liseys relationship with her sisters as well as the flashbacks to her and Scotts past; but with a devilish smile King whips something up to remind you he wants this to be a pop novel too (not necessarily a criticism, just an observation).
- Lisey Landon lost her husband Scott two years ago and is dealing with her 3 endearing, yet maddening sisters and how to sort through Scotts final writings (Scott was an award-winning novelist with a mysterious past and fantastic means of creating a story).
- As she begins to go through his study, ghosts and memories from the past flood into her mind, reminding her of who Scott truly was and the incredible gift he possessed.
- Certain others are after Scotts writings, reminding her of an almost fatal encounter in their past, and foreshadowing a growing danger in her future.
- As Lisey begins to confront all of who her husband was, she is driven into his dreams and nightmares, which could either save her or be her ultimate undoing.
Lisey's Story by Stephen King - Book Review
To try to describe the plot would be useless--its composed of memory, madness and love. Its a patchwork or an afghan - strings and pieces put together in hopes of something beautiful. Lisey is to the reader what the afghan was to her in her story - an anchor to the real world in one that can shift from reality to dream to nightmare.
But the "throw all caution to the wind" type of writing King uses here has its dangers. Liseys Story is such an impassioned work, it almost comes crashing down on itself. It can read like so many different genres at once, the reader begins to feel the insanity Lisey feels when she sees Scotts long boy.
This novel pays homage to so many things, most of which Im sure are between King and the woman he wrote this for.