page 476 out of 509 pages - the first and only boston red sox reference was made - i thought that perhaps this book could make it through without one, but who am i kidding - it's stephen king. also another odd occurrence in the book was a named reference to kurt vonnegut's ideas from slaughterhouse five - i've never once remembered king ever referring to another author in his works before.
overall, i enjoyed the book. i can't say it was any better than desperation or even cell for that matter, but i can't help but wonder, what makes stephen king's books appealing to me. perhaps it's the violence/gore, or the occasional "romance budding from tragedy". if it's the imaginative risks he takes his plots into, i might have to agree with that one, because lisey's story does not hesitate to jump into the imaginative worlds, quite literally.
as a whole, if you can endure the first 100 pages of the build-up, the book does manage to keep you entertained and your attention kept. if i had to rate it, i'd give it 3.5 pickaxes out of five.