Book: Lisey's Story

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Lisey's Story: A Novel

Author: Stephen King
Publisher: Scribner

Lisey Debusher Landon lost her husband Scott two years ago, after a twenty five year marriage of the most profound and sometimes frightening intimacy. Lisey knew there was a place Scott went—a place that both terrified and healed him, could eat him alive or give him the ideas he needed in order to live. Now it’s Lisey’s turn to face Scott’s demons, Lisey’s turn to go to Boo’ya Moon. What begins as a widow’s effort to sort through the papers of her celebrated husband becomes a nearly fatal journey into the darkness he inhabited.

Perhaps King’s most personal and powerful novel ever, Lisey’s Story is about the wellspings of creativity, the temptations of madness, and the secret language of love.


Since his first novel was published in 1974, Stephen King has stretched the boundaries of the written word, not only bringing horror to new heights, but trying his hand at nearly every possible genre, including children’s books, graphic novels, serial novels, literary fiction, nonfiction, westerns, fantasy, and even e-books (remember The Plant?). With Lisey’s Story, once again King is trying something different. Lisey’s Story is as much a romance as it is a supernatural thriller—but don’t let us convince you. Who better to tell readers if King has written a romantic thriller than Nora Roberts? We asked Nora to read Lisey’s Story and give us her take. Check out her review below. —Daphne Durham

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Usually, the lot of literary widows is pleasant and spirit lifting: accepting posthumous honors; collecting royalties; answering inquiries from hero-worshipping fans. But, for Lisey, the survivor of famous writer Scott Landon, her new role has engulfed her in shades of hell. Requests for her cooperation turn into threats, thus beginning a sequence of escalating warnings that culminates with a slaughtered cat in her mailbox. Lisey’s troubles form only an extended preamble to this tale, which is vintage King.

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