Gwendy's Button Box

Gwendy's Button Box

Downloadable Audiobook - 2017
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Includes a conversation between Stephen King & Richard Chizmar!Stephen King teams up with long-time friend and award-winning author Richard Chizmar for the first time in this original, chilling novella that revisits the town of Castle Rock--paired on audio with King's Edgar Award-nominated story "The Music Room."There are three ways up to Castle View from the town of Castle Rock: Route 117, Pleasant Road, and the Suicide Stairs. Every day in the summer of 1974, twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson has taken the stairs, which are held by strong--if time-rusted--iron bolts and zig-zag up the cliffside. Then one day when Gwendy gets to the top of Castle View, after catching her breath and hearing the shouts of kids on the playground below, a stranger calls to her. There on a bench in the shade sits a man in black jeans, a black coat, and a white shirt unbuttoned at the top. On his head is a small, neat black hat. The time will come when Gwendy has nightmares about that hat... The little town of Castle Rock, Maine has witnessed some strange events and unusual visitors over the years, but there is one story that has never been told--until now.
Publisher: [New York] : Simon & Schuster Audio, 2017.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781508242055
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (02 hr., 43 min., 40 sec.)) : digital
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Jan 19, 2018

The book was alright but did not reflect much of Kong's style until late in the midway point in my opinion. There seem to be elements of "Doctor Sleep" (with the strange black hat Of Mr. Farris') and elements of "Joyland", with a hard-boiled mystery influence rather than the true horror genre that we're used to from Stephen King, such as "Lisey's Story" or "Duma Key". But overall I found it to be enjoyable for a short novella.


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