Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Wednesday Moment and Book Review - If It Bleeds

 I liked this meme. 

Reading a lot as we stay home. For Ray's sake, his favorite author  - Stephen King - brought out If It Bleeds, a collection of four novellas. Ray ripped through the book, and I decided to read it too. These are a dark treat - typical twists,turns, and sarcastic humor. The man has a style and it works.

The title story If It Bleeds brings back Holly, a cop from another series of his, and she's still chasing an outsider creature. Too many coincidences in a reporters appearance at some horrible tragedies. She starts putting together clues, finds another man who's tracked this evil too, and together they work to lure this time travelling killer into a trap.

Sometimes evil can manifest in friendship. Craig befriends Mr. Harrigan and there's a sweetness in this.  But what happens after Mr. Harrigan dies and Craig calls his cell phone to chat with him. Maybe wishes do come true in Mr. Harrigan's Phone

The other stories, The Life of Chuck and also Rat, prove to be creepy. As always, King does write well about the writing life and ambition and turns to the dark side too. If you like Stephen King's style, then you will find that If It Bleeds will keep you up turning pages - and yes, you'll have all of the lights on in the house. Check your locks.


  1. That Stephen - one of the greatest writers of all time. I'm glad both you and Ray indulged in this one.

    Keep a smile and stay well, my friend.

  2. I don't think I've ever read any Stephen King - it seems remiss when I say it out loud. Which book would you (or Ray) recommend I start on?

    1. "IT" is truly creepy good. His books are long and look daunting, but you'll keep turning the pages.

    2. Thank you. Yes, it's definitely the length that puts me off, especially when I look at my shelves of books still-to-read!

  3. Hi Joanne - I'm fairly certain I haven't read any of Stephen King - perhaps I should get this out from the library - in due course. Good to know Ray is reading too ... and you're both keeping occupied! All the best - Hilary

  4. Stephen King knows how to draw the reader in, and it sounds like this book is no exception. Thanks for the review.

  5. A great writer of equally great successful books.