cujo

cujo

Genre: Horror/Suspense
Page Count: 432  pages

“It would perhaps not be amiss to point out that he had always tried to be a good dog. He had tried to do all the things his MAN and his WOMAN, and most of all his BOY had asked or expected of him. He would have died for them if that had been required.”

Stephen King

Oh, Stephen, you master of suspense you.

Today I am reviewing Cujo, a book where man’s best friend turns into his worst nightmare, and a beloved neighborhood dog turns into a vicious beast.  King pulls you into the story by a beautifully written set up of the characters intertwined in the story.

I must admit I was apprehensive about a book starring a dog gone wild and was worried that was all there was to it, I’m very glad I was proven wrong. King pulls you into the story through a beautifully written set up of the characters intertwined in the story. That was one of my favourite parts of the book, it’s slow burn set-up.

“…it was amazing, wasn’t it, how bad you could hurt when there was nothing physically wrong.”

At the climax of the book when Donna and Tag are trapped in the car I was filled with very strong horror movie run-run-run vibes and felt very on edge until the end.

Cujo is rather hard to review because it’s oddly difficult to describe, it’s a book that seems simple, but actually, has a depth to the storyline that I didn’t expect, and is a lot more than it appears on the surface.

Overall I really enjoyed this book, it’s a classic King and after finishing I was left thinking about it the rest of the night.

RATING:

★★★★☆

If you would like to purchase a copy of the book, here is a link: Book Depository 🙂

in a dark dark wood in a dark dark wood

Genre: Thriller/Psychological Thriller
Page Count: 470 pages

Picture unexpectedly being invited on the weekend away for a friend’s hens night, only you haven’t seen or spoken to this friend in ten years, and you have no idea why you were invited. Not only that, but the destination is a glass house in the middle of the English countryside. It’s bound to be awkward but what if it’s more than that?

This is what the main character Leonora experiences in the book, and it’s just the tip of the ice burg. The book switches perspectives from the present, when Leonora wakes up in the hospital, injured and with no idea how she got there, to the tale of what transpired on the weekend away.

The way Ware draws you into this story is brilliant, you are hooked into the story right from the start, and your mind is questioning the events as the main character is. I found the build up was also extremely well timed, not too slowly drawn out and not revealed too early. Ruth has nailed the timing on this one.

Reading this at night made me need turn on all the lights when I went to the bathroom … just the kind of scare I like from my thrillers!

I won’t reveal too much, as I don’t want to spoil the book, but I will say that I honestly could not put it down without finding out what the conclusion would be and the answers to all the secrets that Leonora reveals and discovers.

I am definitely going to pick up more of Ruth’s books in the future as this is already one of my favorite books I’ve read this year.

RATING:

★★★★☆