Review of Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar

Happy Thursday word nerds! I hope everyone is having a good week! I am all over the place, I thought today was Wednesday but was pleasantly surprised to be reminded it is not! So hello Thursday! And without further ado…

The little town of Castle Rock, Maine has witnessed some strange events and unusual visitors over the years, but there is one story that has never been told… until now.

There are three ways up to Castle View from the town of Castle Rock: Route 117, Pleasant Road, and the Suicide Stairs. Every day in the summer of 1974 twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson has taken the stairs, which are held by strong (if time-rusted) iron bolts and zig-zag up the cliffside.

At the top of the stairs, Gwendy catches her breath and listens to the shouts of the kids on the playground. From a bit farther away comes the chink of an aluminum bat hitting a baseball as the Senior League kids practice for the Labor Day charity game.

One day, a stranger calls to Gwendy: “Hey, girl. Come on over here for a bit. We ought to palaver, you and me.”

On a bench in the shade sits a man in black jeans, a black coat like for a suit, and a white shirt unbuttoned at the top. On his head is a small neat black hat. The time will come when Gwendy has nightmares about that hat…

Journey back to Castle Rock again in this chilling new novella by Stephen King, bestselling author of The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, and Richard Chizmar, award-winning author of A Long December. This book will be a Cemetery Dance Publications exclusive with no other editions currently planned anywhere in the world!

First of all, I love love love Stephen King. I grew up on his books and they are some of the first I remember ever reading! Thank you, mom, for sharing your love with me. Richard Chizmar is new to me and I was not disappointed.

Stephen King has always known how to build a book and he definitely did a great job this time too! Getting to read a book by Richard Chizmar was not a disappointment at all! Together these talented writers created a uniquely written novella that kept me on my toes the whole time and did not have the ending I expected. The book was almost written in a snapshot style that I found unique and did a good job of progressing the story without leaving me feeling like I wasn’t getting enough information which can be hard to do with a stand-alone novella. Gwendy was a great character who was not only smart but knew how to handle herself well even when she didn’t think she was.

I will definitely be looking into Richard Chizmar’s other works and alway, my obsession with King is intact and doing well. Overall this was a quick read and I will definitely be re-reading it! A solid 5 stars! If you aren’t sure about whether or not you want to read this book- DO IT!! Seriously. And then let’s talk about it!

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