Title: Salem’s Lot
Author: Stephen King
Pages: 439 pages
Source: Borrowed from library
My Rating: 4 stars
Thousands of miles away from the small township of ‘Salem’s Lot, two terrified people, a man and a boy, still share the secrets of those clapboard houses and tree-lined streets. They must return to ‘Salem’s Lot for a final confrontation with the unspeakable evil that lives on in the town.
As I’ve mentioned every time I have reviewed a King book I read this as part of the Stephen King Readalongs I participate in pretty much every month.
This is one of my favorite books I have read by him so far. I love the suspense of this story and I guess the “horror” aspect of it as well although it didn’t scare me. I know that wasn’t the case for most of the people who I was reading it with. Things don’t tend to scare me but that doesn’t mean it was bad.
This book had a slow start. What got me through it though was the passages with Susan and Ben. I loved their passages together. I thought they were cute. Things did eventually pick up and I was completely sucked in to the point I didn’t want to stop reading.
While I did end up enjoying this book in the end there are some things that happened in the beginning that I didn’t care for at all and I have to mention them. First up 52 pages in and I’m reading about a mother throwing a bottle at her 10 month old baby and punching him. It was only a small part but I was not ok with that. I seriously almost DNFed it for that. I asked someone if it was something that was going to happen again and she told me it didn’t so I decided to continue on because up until that point I was already enjoying the story. There was also some animal cruelty but luckily it was just a small part as well and didn’t continue to happen.
I have said this before but I don’t like how he casually tells you something is going to happen before it actually happens. It takes away the potential shock value and makes it a completely different experience. I would prefer to be shocked about what happens.
I never thought I would say this about a King book but there was an instance where I actually got teary eyed.
There are so many characters that I pretty much struggled all the way through to keep up with who was who.
I know it seems like I didn’t enjoy this but I really did. When I read a King book I usually listen to the audiobook while following along because it’s easier that way for me with his books but I didn’t have the audiobook for this one and I was still sucked in immediately. Like I already mentioned this is definitely one of my favorites by him.