In my life, a new Stephen King book is all like:
The excitement started for me a few years ago when a number of things came together to make new releases super exciting. First, I decided to read all of the new King as it came out (or else I’ll never catch up). Second, I had a real job making real money that I could spend because I had just bought a house and wasn’t saving for it anymore. It was glorious. I went to Kroger on my lunch and drooled over the book for the rest of the day.
Well, I got my hands on it a touch early this time and I cried from delight and unbridled joy. And, y’all, I was not disappointed. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved the audio, which kept me absolutely hooked. Then I finished reading the hardcover, because I wasn’t going to be in my car, and that was great too. Though, I do think that I enjoyed the audio better.
When a local baseball coach who is a pillar of the community is accused of kidnapping, raping, and murdering a boy, it seems the town of Flint City is turned upside down. The detective in charge of the arrest, Ralph, makes it publicly, at a playoff game. Ralph has his reasons for this. Didn’t Terry coach his son a few years earlier? Hadn’t Ralph considered Terry a friend? Now this pedophile is surrounded by young boys who trust him. The evidence is rock solid, anyway: prints and witnesses and DNA. It’s a shut and close case.
Or is it?
When Terry’s alibi appears to be air tight, Ralph gets the first feelings of doubt. Then another tragedy strikes and he is forced to dig deeper into the case. Unfortunately, Ralph is on administrative leave. When he manages to gather a group of concerned and interested people, including one Holly Gibney of Finders Keepers, Ralph find himself on the trail of someone who could be the real murderer and who may be something not quite human.
I liked this book a lot. It started off with a solid foot in reality but the reader has doubts before anyone else. A number of times I caught myself yelling at the characters and tut-tutting to myself. It was also a very quick read that kept me hooked.