Title: Pet Sematary
Author: Stephen King
No. of pages: 465
Genre: Horror, Paranormal
Publication date: November 14th 1983
Date read: October 30th 2017
The house looked right, felt right to Dr Louis Creed.
Rambling, old, unsmart and comfortable. A place where the family could settle; the children grow and play and explore. The rolling hills and meadows of Maine seemed a world away from the fume-choked dangers of Chicago.
Only the occasional big truck out on the two-lane highway, grinding up through the gears, hammering down the long gradients, growled out an intrusive threat.
But behind the house and far away from the road: that was safe. Just a carefully cleared path up into the woods where generations of local children have processed with the solemn innocence of the young, taking with them their dear departed pets for burial.
A sad place maybe, but safe. Surely a safe place. Not a place to seep into your dreams, to wake you, sweating with fear and foreboding.
I’m so glad I joined the Halloween read along over on Johann’s instagram page, because I absolutely loved this read. Before I started Pet Sematary, my last Kingbook (On Writing) had been more than a month ago. So, I was happy (as far as you can be happy while reading horror) to finally pick up a King again.
King just knows how to tell a horror story, without it being only about blood and gore. It’s there, of course, but there’s also an actual story. King can make my heart flutter at one moment, only to smash it to pieces the next. After finishing part one I just had to put the book down for a second to catch my breath again and to stop me from saying “NO” over and over again.
And the heartbreak didn’t end with part one. This book was just one big escalation of events, one right after the other. Just like we’re used to in King’s stories. If I had to put myself into Louis Creed’s shoes, I think I would’ve done the same as he. I already touched on this story being more than just horror – it’s also a story about loss and death. Already, when I only think of losing someone I love, I can get so sad. Almost as if it’s already happened, although it hasn’t. So, without spoiling too much, I can totally understand why Louis Creed did what he did. (Although, after reading this book, I’d definitely think at least five times, before actually doing what Louis did)
I simply loved every character (except for one … the douchebag), even Rachel who could be quite overprotective sometimes. Louis was such a good and loving dad, Gage and Ellie adorable kids and wish I had the Crandalls as my neighbours. The one I absolutely hated was Rachel’s dad – a big part of my heart was shattered to pieces because of his selfish actions.
The book has kind of an open ending, but you can imagine what’s going to happen. I don’t think I’ll be forgetting this story anytime soon and it’s safe to say that I have a new addition to my King top-5!
If you’re still looking for a Halloween read, this one will definitely do!