Fiction 02 Oct 2004 16:08

Black House

coverBlack House
Stephen King and Peter Straub

This book is a sequel to “The Talisman”, showing a grown-up Jack Sawyer who, after working for a while as a detective for the LAPD, is now living quietly in a small Wisconsin town. Quietly, that is, until his past catches up with him in the form of a serial killer that turns up to be more dangerous than he looks like.

At first, the book looks like a never-ending introduction; everything looks like a set-up for the actual events, for some reason. By the time I reached page 500 or so (of little more than 800), I began to believe that that was the actual plot, and not an introduction. Very well done, though.

In general, it reads like a Stephen King book, which is not really surprising. I really enjoyed the plot, even though it’s one more of those books where things start looking very simple and, in the end, you have a huge battle between good and evil which the book characters get dragged into. “Insomnia” is a good example of this type of book, as well.

Also, this book seems to be closely related to the “Dark Tower” series; this series is a huge gap in my Stephen King reading, as I have read none of the, by now, five books; they simply didn’t seem very appealing to me. I guess I’ll have to go after them in the near future, as I’m quite curious about that story now.

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