Published by Pocket Books on January 31st 2017
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When Dr. Louis Creed takes a new job and moves his family to the idyllic and rural town of Ludlow, Maine, this new beginning seems too good to be true. Yet despite Ludlow’s tranquility, there’s an undercurrent of danger that exists here. Those trucks on the road outside the Creed’s beautiful old home travel by just a little too quickly, for one thing…as is evidenced by the makeshift pet cemetery out back in the nearby woods. Then there are the warnings to Louis both real and from the depths of his nightmares that he should not venture beyond the borders of this little graveyard. A blood-chilling truth is hidden there—one more terrifying than death itself, and hideously more powerful. An ominous fate befalls anyone who dares tamper with this forbidden place, as Louis is about to discover for himself…
Dafuq did I just read.
Stephen King is the only author who can use even blatantly obvious foreshadowing, and still make the outcome completely interesting. Even when expected. It’s a talent.
It’s been a hot minute since I have read any Stephen King. I honestly cannot remember the last novel of his I read. I have read a handful and none of them disappointed. And this was no exception. As with all his novels, the pacing is perfect. Even when I thought for a moment that there was a lull in the middle of the book, I realized when I got past it, he was setting up a sense of normalcy before punching me in the gut. And the reveals! Even when I was expecting them to some degree, he still managed to take me by surprise in his delivery.
All of the main characters and even some of the secondary characters were fully developed. I felt like I really knew all of these people and their actions made sense based on their personalities and their backgrounds.
The only reason this book is getting 4 stars instead of 5 from me is due to the ending. While I liked the ending for the most part, there was a character who I didn’t feel closure with and I really wanted that. I was left wondering what the hell happened to them. It was a loose end that I really wish had been tied up. But other than that, Pet Sematary is an amazing read. I cannot wait for the new film adaption coming out in 2019.
I am behind in my book reviews and now it’s been a while since I have read some of them. Here are my quick thoughts and ratings.
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: 3/5 stars. Meh, this is more like 2.5 rating for me. I read all eight comics. They were okay. Honestly, I like the show better.
History is All You Left Me: 5/5 stars. Adam Silvera breaks my damn heart again. Jerk.
The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You: 4/5 stars. Just want I wanted. Enemies to lovers. A favorite trope.
The Nowhere Girls: 4/5 stars. This was heartbreaking and intense. And all too familiar.
The Wicked Deep: 4/5 stars. Beautifully atmospheric.
The Perfect Mother: 4/5 stars. Creepy and a pretty good “who done it.”
Meaty: 4/5 stars. I will read/listen to anything Samantha Irby puts out into the universe.
Anger is a Gift: 5/5 stars. Very timely. A must-read for everyone.
My Plain Jane: 4/5 stars. Not quite as good as My Lady Jane, but pretty close. Can’t wait for the third book.
I have four books to read before January 1st to hit my reading goal of 50 books this year, and I am in a reading slump. I think I put unnecessary pressure on myself to read a ton during readathons and I get burned out super fast. I only read one book during SpookAThon and didn’t even finish one book during LaLaThon.
I need to get out of this reading slump. My tried and true methods are: read non-fiction, short fiction, or smut. Currently I have some non-fiction and one shorter fiction novel checked out from the library. I am going to start with the non-fiction and hope that does the trick. Only four books to go!
- Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft
- The Butterfly Garden
- Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy
- Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, all 8 issues
1. read a thriller
2. read a book with purple on the cover
3. read a book not set in the current time period
4. read a book with a spooky word in the title
5. read a book with pictures
feel free to double up on challenges. there is NEVER a minimum number of books to read for spookathon- you do you!
Seven perfect days. Then he disappeared. A love story with a secret at its heart.
When Sarah meets Eddie, they connect instantly and fall in love. To Sarah, it seems as though her life has finally begun. And it's mutual: It's as though Eddie has been waiting for her, too. Sarah has never been so certain of anything. So when Eddie leaves for a long-booked vacation and promises to call from the airport, she has no cause to doubt him. But he doesn't call.
Sarah's friends tell her to forget about him, but she can't. She knows something's happened--there must be an explanation.
Minutes, days, weeks go by as Sarah becomes increasingly worried. But then she discovers she's right. There is a reason for Eddie's disappearance, and it's the one thing they didn't share with each other: the truth.
This book ended up being more than just a story of a woman being ghosted. Based on the title, I knew what was going to happen, I just didn’t know how it was going to make for a 300+ page book. But I have to say that I really enjoyed the sub-plot of this book. I did not read any synopsis of this book before reading it. I went in completely blind. That’s not to say that I think you should go in blind, that is just what I did. And I did enjoy the twist/curveball.
I enjoyed Rosie Walsh’s writing style for the most part. I do think she strayed here and there in over-describing some scenes, but it wasn’t so overdone that I put the book down.
I enjoyed most of the characters, however, I wish there had been just a little more development with some of Sarah’s friends. I felt like I had to fill in some gaps myself with how the mechanics of some of the friendships/relationships worked. I did enjoy Sarah as the main character as well, even though some of her thoughts/actions drove me batshit crazy. And I loved Eddie, even though for a good portion of the book we are supposed to feel slighted by him. But I knew there was more to the story.
My only big gripe about this book is the beginning. I am not one to be bothered by just being thrust into a story without much context right away, but for some reason, it just did not sit well with me for this book. I can see others getting frustrated a few chapters in and giving up. It all made sense the further I got into the book, but it was difficult to stick it out at first.