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Lisey's Story [Paperback]

Stephen King
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)

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12 July 2007

Every marriage has two hearts, one light and one dark.

Lisey knew it when she first fell for Scott. And now he's dead, she knows it for sure.

Lisey was the light to Scott Landon's dark for twenty-five years. As his wife, only she saw the truth behind the public face of the famous author - that he was a haunted man whose bestselling novels were based on a terrifying reality.

Now Scott has gone, Lisey wants to lock herself away with her memories. But the fans have other ideas. And when the sinister threats begin, Lisey realises that, just as Scott depended on her strength - her light - to live, so she will have to draw on his darkness to survive.



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  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; reprint edition (12 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034089895X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340898956
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.6 x 4.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 481,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are the Dark Tower novels, Cell, From a Buick 8, Everything's Eventual, Hearts in Atlantis, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, and Bag of Bones. His acclaimed nonfiction book, On Writing, was also a bestseller. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

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'Popular novelist Dickens is an apt comparison - stands among the best things that this formidable writer has done' (Sam Leith, Saturday Telegraph)

'Thrilling, genuinely terrifying, beautifully textured and full of wonderful invention' (Daily Mail)

'Stephen King's career-best novel, LISEY'S STORY, a psychological thriller of extraordinary sensitivity that takes the reader deep into the dark places in us all' (Matt Thorne, Independent on Sunday)

'Up there with his finest ... Please don't ever give up writing, Stephen King' (Evening Standard)

'King is the greatest popular novelist of our day, comparable to Dickens - and one of the reasons for his pre-eminence is that (like Dickens) he keeps his readers with him all the time...A consummate and compassionate novel - one of King's very best' (Toby Litt, Guardian)

A wondrous novel of marriage, a love story steeped in strength and tenderness, and cast with the most vivid, touching and believable characters in recent literature . . . A dazzling novel that you'll thank yourself for reading long after the final page is turned. (Nicholas Sparks)

Accomplished . . . unputdownable . . . his mesmerising best (Observer on BAG OF BONES)

An incredibly gifted storyteller (Guardian)

'Contains some of the most powerful and affecting passages that King has ever written' (Barry Forshaw, Daily Express)

The true narrative artist is a rare creature. Storytelling - the ability to make the listener or the reader need to know, demand to know, what happens next - is a gift...Stephen King, like Charles Dickens before him, has this gift in spades. (The Times on CELL)

King has that rare skill of making you believe it could happen (Sydney Morning Herald on CELL)

Gory, extremely entertaining and with a plot to imagine oneself in, this is another winner from the cellphone-avoiding horror master (Daily News, New Zealand on CELL)

A cracking good story with a sting in its tale (Herald Sun, Australia)

This is a roller-coaster ride that will thrill many (Sydney Morning Herald)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poetic horror 11 May 2012
Format:Paperback
I'm really surprised this book has just three stars on Amazon. I think it's one of King's best. Lisey's Story for me was a poignant novel about love and obsession with fantasy elements subtle enough to enthrall. Throughout the plot King hints at a world just behind our own, and I felt this was an almost perfect example of magic realism, a genre I don't easily enjoy.
The title Lisey's Story is telling. As in Daphne DuMaurier's Rebecca the character who drives the plot, horror novelist Scott Landon, is dead, and the true hero is his widow Lisey, who must escape the legacy of her husband's art. He drew his inspiration literally from another world. One haunted by a terrifying entity. There's also a human antagonist in the shape of an obsessed fan seeking Scott's papers, who's effective because he isn't overused.
I guess one could argue that the book is too long. I think at one point it spends over ten pages, dotted with lengthy flashbacks, covering what can't be more than several seconds in the main story. But unlike other King stories the length didn't bother me because everything written in some way contributes to a better understanding of either the characters or the plot. Lisey and her sisters are well-rounded, realistic people. Scott seems like a profoundly tortured soul who just wanted to love his wife and saw writing as necessary bloodletting.
This in my opinion is one of King's most mature, poetic horror novels, putting him on a par with the greatest storytellers history has known.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrific 25 Mar 2014
Format:Paperback
As the five-star reviewers indicate, different people take away different things from the story, so be sure to read other reviews before deciding whether or not to give this book a go.

***Doesn't contain spoilers***

The story has some merit. The main character of this book is Lisey, a widow of a bestselling horror author, Scott. The story narrates her journey of dealing with his death, which includes her tidying up his domestic workplace which brings up a lot of memories. A character named Jim Dooley starts threatening her so she'll give up Scott's old manuscripts, and he adds the suspense of time running out. Lisey's sisters feel genuine, and we can empathize with the added difficulty Amanda's situation brings, forcing Lisey to juggle several issues and looking beyond her own troubles. Lisey and Scott shared their own language, as couples tend to do, and this adds to the realism... at first. At one point the story tackles domestic violence (as well as tortured souls and self-mutilation) from an interesting angle, and its metaphor for creativity sort of works.

Detracting from a pretty interesting set-up (how will she deal with her loss), are many overly used King-isms. The book's over-reliance on the secret language simply became too 'smucking' much for me. You don't need to be reminded every page. The conversations that Lisey has in her head don't seem in any way genuine. For instance, when she's just about reaching a traumatic memory she has blocked away, she will hear a voice saying "No Lisey, don't Lisey"... She has too many conversations in her head, in many different voices, and this is a King-ism that's increasingly bothering me.

Now, it's not just a love story. It's also supernatural, with another world called Boo'ya Moon (...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars WHO! WHAT! WHEN! WHERE! 18 April 2013
Format:Hardcover
This story jumps all over the place more times than a flea on a dog's back.For example this is the plot of three chapters in the book that run one after the other. Lisey and her sister Darla are in bedroom looking after there older sister Amanda who has a mental health problem and badly carved her self up and they are waiting to take her to greenbanks recovery hospital The next chapter they are in a cafe in Castle Rock drinking coffee and talking about Amanda and how putting Amanda in Greenbanks was the right thing.Then the next chapter Lisey and Darla are back at Greenbanks hospital talking about finding a hotel to stay in because it's a long way back to Castle Rock So you can see it's bit confusing I read just a third of this book and then I gave up because I got frustrated because there was no consistency within the story no a good Stephen King story
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'Reality is Ralph' 25 Nov 2006
Format:Hardcover
This book is full of amazing literary gems, more so than you'd usually expect from a SK work. However, what it boasts in its gilded language it lacks in pace. Granted it involves realistic, endearing charcters who become engraved upon our conscious mind, even hours after putting the book down, but Sk takes a sharp turn here toward that hazy concept of literary fiction; the concept he so vehemently believes is the art of ignoring the fundamental gift of a book; story. Although this book contains plots and a developing story, it does take a quite substantial amount of pages before we can actually become engaged and interested. Now in saying that I'm not comparing this with earlier works and rating it accordingly, as a lot of people are doing. I'm rating it based on the enjoyment I got from it, and I was torn between four and five stars. I gave it four in the end because of its slow start. All in all, a brilliant piece from one of the greatest storytellers known.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing book
Never finished the book. I found it dull and hard to get into. And that is coming from a Stephen King fan. Don't bother with this one.
Published 5 days ago by Andy
2.0 out of 5 stars I had the paper edition and I tried also the ...
I had the paper edition and I tried also the ebook one but it's a quite long reading and it does not catch me that much. After a while it bother me and I changed book.
Published 10 days ago by Frediano Ziglio
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it!!!
It's proper horror folks. Slow at the beginning, but once you are there, you can't leave. It's completely worth it!!!
Published 1 month ago by anton_viv
2.0 out of 5 stars One of King's Weaker Works
King had a bad accident in 1999 and for some long years afterwards his work suffered a noticeable dip in quality. This is one such novel. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Honest Chap's Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars One for the old 'uns
The older you get the more jumbled up your memories get of the past. Whether or not this justifies the way this drags this book out for nearly 700 pages is another matter. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Law Tech
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't do it first time round but......
I tried again a few years later and kicked myself for being such an idiot! absolutely brilliant, got into it straight away and thoroughly enjoyed it- couldn't put it down in fact,... Read more
Published 5 months ago by shan
4.0 out of 5 stars The horrors of writing
It took me a while to get into this book. The non-linear nature of the narrative is a little annoying to begin with. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr Gordon Davidson
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth keeping going
I have read this twice now and loved it both times. I found the first 100 pages tough going. It's like reading fragments of someone's thoughts, but if you keep going it all starts... Read more
Published 8 months ago by C. Serginson
5.0 out of 5 stars so so good!
always feel hungry for more, always in the story with them, total escapism. As usual stephen king is the master!
Published 10 months ago by kay j mcgoldrick
5.0 out of 5 stars A marriage...
As I have recently re-read this book yet again, which prompted one of my early articles.."Its 4.30am... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Liz Wilkins
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