Title: The Dark Half
Author: Stephen King
Published: 2011 by Hodder & Stoughton (Originally 1999)
Genre: Horror; Fiction; Thriller; Fantasy
Length: 460 pages
Goodreads’ Rating: 3.74 / 5 stars
My Rating: 💜💜💜💜💜
The sparrows are flying again. The idea haunts the edge of Thad Beaumont’s mind. He should be happy; for years it is his secret persona ‘George Stark’, author of super-violent pulp thrillers, who has paid the family bills. But now he is writing seriously again under his own name, and his pseudonym is buried forever..
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Stephen King has done it again!
I am yet to find a book by King that I don’t enjoy, I am thinking that that is never going to happen.
We follow Thad Beaumont, who is an author who wrote under the pen name of George Stark for a number of years, and was very successful. He decided that it was time for George to go and Thad was going to write under his own name, but George Stark had other plans.
All those who had something to do with Stark being ‘dead’ ended up murdered and the fingerprints at the scenes were those belonging to Thad, even though he swears he had nothing to do with them. The longer time goes on, the creepier the circumstances, and the more convinced Thad is of George Stark being the killer, but he needs to convince the Police.
This book was typical King – not scary as such, just really really strange. There was a man who wasn’t actually a man, just a pen name, a pseudonym, going around killing those who had something to do with his not writing anymore. King manages to think of stories and characters that aren’t believable and make them so.
The prologue was very strange, but it made more sense when you got to the climax of the story and everything was falling into place. Sparrows play a big role in this book – even if you are not completely sure why they are there in the beginning. At the end, when you have put the pieces together, it still doesn’t make much sense in real-life but in the world of King, anything is possible!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I encourage anyone who loved to read King novels, but hasn’t gotten to this one, to give it a go.
If you haven’t read anything by King, I still say give it a go! But better to do so if you have a strong stomach as there are graphically explained scenes of murder and lots of bodily fluids that you can’t help but visualise!
I gave this one a 5/5 stars and I cannot wait to get into my next Stephen King book!
Thanks for reading this review! I hope you enjoyed it! Until next time, happy reading 🙂
About the Author:
Stephen Edward King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother were raised by his mother.
Stephen attended the Grammar school in Durham and Lisbon Falls High School, graduating in 1966. He attended the University of Maine and graduated in 1970 with a B. A. in English and was qualified to teach at the high school level.
He met Tabitha Spruce at University and they were married in 1971.
Stephen mage is first professional short story sale (The Glass Floor) to Startling Mystery Stories in 1967. Throughout the early years of his marriage, he continued to sell stories to men’s magazines. Many were gathered into the Night Shift collection.
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