CONSTANT READER REVIEW – Desperation by Stephen King

“In these silences something may rise.”

PHEW. Desperation starts off absolutely horrible and never lets go. You will not get a break from the horror in this book. It’s uncomfortable and gross. You can feel the heat of the desert climate. You can see the rundown, abandoned (well…) town of Desperation, Nevada. You can see and smell and feel the horrors that unfold throughout the course of this book.

“I survived Highway 50, the loneliest highway in America!”

I’ve never been so anxious to get through a book – I wanted to find out what happened, and I wanted to finish reading it, but I was so relieved to put this one down. Needless to say, I won’t be revisiting Desperation anytime soon.

This is not a book for the casual King fan – this is King at his weirdest and most disturbingly uncomfortable. This does not have warm and fuzzy moments or enduring life lessons. This book aims to teach you one thing: you have zero control and God is relentless in His cruelty.

I won’t say that I enjoyed this book, but I have a hell of a lot of respect for it. This was a solid three-star read for me until one point towards the end that pushed it firmly into four-star territory. TAK!

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