King doesn’t often write in the first person, especially not when it’s a five-hundred-page novel, but this change in style makes great reading. Also uncommon is the subject matter – instead of the usual blood-and-guts fare, what we have here is a traditional ghost story.
Shocks are few, and widely spaced out over the length of the novel. But when they come, they certainly hit home, as the space in between them is used to full advantage developing the characters, so that we are all the more moved when King rocks the boat.
It’s really the characters that carry this book. A bit overlong, but beautifully written. Part horror novel, part love story.