Title: If It Bleeds
Author: Stephen King
Pages: 447 pages
My Rating: 3 stars
If it Bleeds is a collection of four new novellas —Mr. Harrigan’s Phone, The Life of Chuck, Rat, and the title story If It Bleeds— each pulling readers into intriguing and frightening places.
A collection of four uniquely wonderful long stories, including a stand-alone sequel to The Outsider.
News people have a saying: ‘If it bleeds, it leads’. And a bomb at Albert Macready Middle School is guaranteed to lead any bulletin.
Holly Gibney of the Finders Keepers detective agency is working on the case of a missing dog – and on her own need to be more assertive – when she sees the footage on TV. But when she tunes in again, to the late-night report, she realizes there is something not quite right about the correspondent who was first on the scene. So begins ‘If It Bleeds’ , a stand-alone sequel to The Outsider featuring the incomparable Holly on her first solo case.
Dancing alongside are three more long stories – ‘Mr. Harrigan’s Phone’, ‘The Life of Chuck’ and ‘Rat’ .
The novella is a form King has returned to over and over again in the course of his amazing career, and many have been made into iconic films, If It Bleeds is a uniquely satisfying collection of longer short fiction by an incomparably gifted writer.
I was initially going to write my thoughts on each of the stories but after finishing it I realized I was going to be saying the same thing about each of them so I am just going to write my overall thoughts on the book as a whole.
This is a collection of 4 novellas. We have Mr. Harrigan’s Phone, The Life of Chuck, If It Bleeds and Rat. Each story gives me everything I am always wanting in a King novel. Not to much detail and an open and shut ending pretty much which is good except every story just seemed so simple for something written by King.
I don’t know if it’s because I was fighting a slump all month that I just didn’t enjoy this as much as I thought I would or what. I enjoyed all of them except maybe The Life of Chuck because that was like 3 separate stories in one and I was left confused at how they all went together and rat had a story within a story that I didn’t care for but overall they were all ok.
Yeah so I just thought this was ok. I just had higher expectations for it especially with the synopsis saying “intriguing and frightening places”. I seem to have an unpopular opinion because I keep seeing nothing but good things about it. It’s not bad or anything but it’s not mind blowing either.