This is the first Stephen King Novel I have ever read, but I am very familiar with movies based off of his work. I saw this when I was in my local bookshop and decided it was time to read some of his work.
Bag of Bones follows an author named Mike Noonan four years after the unexpected death of his wife. At the start of the book Mike is having nightmares about a lakeside cabin he owns, but has not visited in a long time. He decides to face his fears and returns. He ends up at odds with a millionaire and receives strange messages from ghosts that haunt the town. As times passes he discovers a deadly secret as he gets more involved with a widow and her young daughter.
Over all I really enjoyed Bag of Bones, I already went out to purchase another one of Stephen King’s novels. I thought the supernatural aspect was done in a very interesting way and I found the reason for the haunting and the mystery to be very powerful. You find yourself sympathetic to those who have passed as well as Mike and those he cares about. Mike Noonan’s journey was well done. The relationships he grows and losses, the way he investigates, and his over all personality was well done. What I did not fully enjoy was that that reason he was “seeing” some particular dealing with the young girl was not fully explained, but it mostly explained in my option. This is not something major and is easily looked over and does not hold up the story in anyway.
I ended up giving this novel a 5 out of 5 stars! I really enjoyed the rawness of his writing, he isn’t afraid to be callous or hold back, which I find refreshing. I am very glad I picked up this book and like I said I already picked up another one of his works. If you enjoy reading ghost stories, interesting character development, and a good mystery I would say pick this up right away.