If It Bleeds By Stephen King Book 4 of #20booksofsummer20 #KeeperofKing

If it Bleeds

Title: If It Bleeds

Author: Stephen King

Pages: 447 pages

Format: Audiobook

Source: Scribd

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.

My Thoughts

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.


8 thoughts on “If It Bleeds By Stephen King Book 4 of #20booksofsummer20 #KeeperofKing

      1. Yea, my memory for spoilers is perfect 😭 as soon as I see a character name I’ll know they survive till at least then 😂 ruins it for me if said character gets put in a ‘might die’ situation

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  1. Sorry this was just okay for you. I couldn’t say for sure whether you are fighting a slump, but I do know that I have been extra picky lately. I’m sure the stress of all that’s going on in the world has affected my reading. And I’m sure to some degree it has to be affecting us all. Hope you love your next read!

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    1. Thank you. Everyone in the group I was reading it with felt pretty much the same way about it. We all ended up rating it 3-3.5 stars. Thank you I feel like I’m still fighting off the slump but I am more into my current read.

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