Review written 18th October 2015
Title: Pet Sematary
Author: Stephen King
Series status: Standalone novel
Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton/ Hodder Paperbacks
Number of pages: 465
(Found on Goodreads)
Sometimes dead is better….When the Creeds move into a beautiful old house in rural Maine, it all seems too good to be true: physician father, beautiful wife, charming little daughter, adorable infant son — and now an idyllic home. As a family, they’ve got it all…right down to the friendly cat.But the nearby woods hide a blood-chilling truth — more terrifying than death itself…and hideously more powerful.
Kicking off my Halloween TBR is Stephen King. This is the first Stephen King book I have ever read, and I believe I made a good choice in which to start with, especially since there are just SO many to choose from. I was glad to find it was suitably creepy, with elements of normalcy and horror spiraling together to create a distorted but compelling story.
I found myself becoming really interested in the main character’s life, genuinely caring for his well-fare and family. The writing style made me feel the same emotions as the characters, with the description being so realistic it was hard to doubt the character’s reactions. Humor and terror were combined in an odd way, that made you feel a little crazy while you read the story, exactly like the characters.
The story itself was relentless. Stephen King used a lot of foreshadowing in this book, so you always knew something bad was around the corner. I found myself becoming stuck in this loop of wanting to devour the book to see what happened, but almost being hesitant to read on at the same time because something dark was looming ahead. Somehow, even though you KNEW something bad was likely to happen soon, you would end up with a sense of comfort and then BAM – a completely unexpected plot twist would hit you like a slap in the face.
The descriptions can be quite graphic, so if you were considering reading, I would advise you to be weary of that.
Overall, I enjoyed this book very much and I am glad I chose this as the first Stephen King book I experienced. It has encouraged me to read more of his fiction in the future.
Rated 4//5 stars!