Saturday, October 6, 2012
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King
Trisha McFarland has only veered off the trail to get away from the bickering of her brother and recently divorced mother. She doesn't think there's any chance of losing her way.
Except, in her panic to get back to the path, Trisha takes a turning that leads into the tangled undergrowth. deeper and deeper into the terrifying woods. At first it's just the midges and mosquitoes, hanging around her ears like helicopters, trying to drink her blood and sip her sweat. Then the hunger. For solace she turns her Walkman into broadcasts of her hero Tom Gordon. And when the reception begins to fade, Trisha imagines that Tom Gordon is with her.
As darkness begins to fall, Trisha begins to give up home of being found. Alive. And as she struggles for survival and a way out, she realizes that she's not alone. There's something else in the woods - watching. Waiting....
When I read such synopsis on a book by 'Master of All Masters of Horror' (in my opinion), I have great expectations. I expect the books to be horrifying, full of suspense. I expect the book to be a page turner. I expect what I am used to from Stephen King - think The Shinning, think Pet Sematary, think It.
While the elements of suspense is there, the book is more of a psychological horror that explores when a young kid is lost in the wood and how she's coping and we know that Trisha wasn't alone and something was following her but what was it? When the hunter killed the bear (spoilers!) he claimed that the bear for a moment there wasn't really a bear so what was it? The Gods of the Lost like what Trisha called it? Definitely something was there.
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon was a page turner in it's own way. It just wasn't really in the earlier gene of Stephen King and certainly wasn't Stephen King's better works. I borrowed this from the library and completed it in two days.