Page Count: 264 pages
“The skin of the world is woven of stingers”
I hope everyone is having a great weekend, today I will be reviewing the fantastic Stephen King novel I picked up while travelling in Japan. I hadn’t heard of this King before and was drawn in by the synopsis immediately.
When Trisha McFarland’s divorced mom takes her and her brother on a hike up the Appalachian Trail, the nine year old ducks off the path to pee and gets lost. Alone in the forest and scared of the dark, Trisha winds up stumbling aimlessly through the woods for nine days, wandering farther and farther from civilisation as she attempts to make her way back home, disappearing deep into mysterious darkness of the wilderness. The real question is, is she alone out there?
This book was especially and terrifyingly relevant considering all of the current investigations into people, especially young children, getting lost and sometimes not found, off into the wilds of North America.
“The world had teeth and it could bite you with them anytime it wanted.”
This quote really defines how you feel following Trisha’s journey into the forest and her questioning what’s out there in the dark waiting for her, watching her in the woods.
The whole book there is this spooky look over your shoulder feeling that never goes away, which adds to the build up of the book. Trisha’s character is so strong and endearing and I really loved her thought process throughout the book. I’m really hoping she appears again in another King novel because she was truly magnificent! She is one of Kings best written young characters and I doubt anyone will have trouble getting hooked on this page turner purely because of her.
After finishing this book I certainly have no desire to go on a hike through the forest for at least a few months, I’ll stay far away from the God of the Lost!
I believe this novel is really under rated and I hope you pick up a copy after reading this because it’s absolutely worth your time!