Stephen King rules with "Bag of Bones"

By: Tara C
St. Stephen High School
St. Stephen, New Brunswick

This book was amazing, and terrifying. You become completely involved in the story. There are several reasons why, "Bag of Bones" by Stephen King, is so great. Firstly, the characters are very well developed. Secondly, King focuses on small details that are normally overlooked. Thirdly, the events are unpredictable so you never know what will happen next.

More is revealed about each character until you feel as if you know them personally. Each has their own unique personality and method of dealing with problems. In some novels you are presented with characters who are either too good to be true or all evil who you feel no sympathy for whatsoever. This is not the case in "Bones". Stephen King carefully describes touching little details that most authors would not bother with. The main character, novelist Mike Noonan, tells us things like how his wife would twirl her hair, or how the bumper stickers in the local restaurant came to be there. These things add to our understanding of the characters. This is the kind of writing that you could read many times and take something new from it each time.


This is a fairly long and challenging read, so if Dr. Seuss is more your speed, this would not be a good book for you. But for the rest of you, King does an amazing job as always giving you something to think and wonder about. Just when you think you've figured out what the ghosts want, you are completely stunned by an unexpected turn of events.

The best things about this book are the character development, the touching detail, and plot changes that leave you breathless. By the middle of this novel you find yourself rooting for some characters and cursing at others. You are moved by the little things that seem to be throw away phrases at first. And you are always wondering what will be waiting for you after the turn of a page. If you do not mind being scared and you enjoy quality writing, "Bag of Bones" by Stephen King, is the perfect book to have on your night table.