I am rounding out my 52 books around the USA Book Challenge with this collection of short stories by Stephen King. The first story, 1922, is set in Nebraska – just the state I was looking for!
I read a lot of Stephen King in my younger years, and always found his writing entertaining, if not creepy. After all, that is what King is good at. Full Dark, No Stars is no exception. The author claims he likes to take ordinary people, put them in extraordinary situations, and see what happens. Some of those extraordinary situations are hard to stomach. Like the story, Big Driver, which has a middle aged woman (the main character) beaten, raped and left for dead. Because you get into her head, it’s rather difficult to read.
My favorite story was A Good Marriage, in which a woman discovers that her husband is a serial killer. I remember a story in the news some years back about a man who was discovered to be just that. He had been happily married for 20 years. I felt bad for his wife, wondering if she’d had any clue to his errant nature.
Nothing in this book is as outstanding as some of King’s masterpieces, like The Stand or 11/22/63, but still and entertaining read.
3 1/2 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2010