While I admit that this story is very dark, I made myself finish it. I won't give anything away but was glad I pushed on to the end. To those in doubt, push on. And let me say, I do believe, this collection is appropriately named!
I thought the structure of Full Dark, No Stars was extremely interesting, in that it consists of four stories involving men who do really, really terrible things to women.
I only read the first 2 so far and me I though it was a book on how to raise your child to be a criminal. Cant wait to see the others.
I did not like the beginning too much. It's not really because of the theme; that's not the first sexual abuse scene in a King book. The trap just seemed a bit too far fetched. Seriously, what are the odds that Big Driver's trap to get Tess would work? What if she braked on time or what if her cell phone had worked, or if the band's truck had also hit the nails? How could he get away with so many murders by being so stupid? It's not impossible, I just could have been made more believable. But when it gets to the revenge part, I thought it started getting pretty good.
I just finished reading the second story... Well, I agree that the stories in this book are really dark, but I love them. I loved the first one, I love the second one, too. In fact, with both stories it was difficult for me to get through the first 10 pages, but after these 10 pages I got so excited, I could not wait to finish it to know how it will end. I finished reading Big Driver in three days, and I really, really enjoyed it.
I understand why Big Driver might be a touch too much for some readers.
Unfortunately, it seems all too possible to me - maybe because my work used to bring me into contact with some truly degenerate nuts.
My heart goes out to Tess, but (forgive me friends) the most distasteful part of her story (to me) was that her rep/image was more important than doing the right thing - giving those murdered women back to their families.
That was harder to read than the rape.
Again (back in work world), I set the law on a known pest - the women involved were happy to fess up to me, but they couldn't deal with telling the police.
I told our local neighbourhood police and they visited him 'informally' - he knew they knew he was a nasty piece of work.
And he knew I set them on him.
I wasn't trying to be a hero - I wanted to use the my 'status' to do the right thing.
Back in the day (BD: before disability), I would have cheerfully put him through a window & slept peacefully that night.
And he knew that too.
All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing
Such is the legacy of being bullied as a teenager - I never give the bad guys an inch.
From the time that I have started reading S.K. until now there have only been 2 books that I have started and not finished.
The first was Different Seasons in which I made it through spring and summer, but I got side-tracked and never made it to fall or winter.
The second was Full Dark, No Stars in which I got to a story about a lady who was raped and left on the side of the road....and I just left her there. I left her there without hope, beaten and stranded in the dark and forgot about her....until now. You know...I think that I may have to double back and check on her. Just to see how she fared...see if she's still out there.
I truly enjoyed reading Big Driver. It was too believable if that makes sense which made it even scarier. The only one of Stephen King's books I struggled with initially was Lisey's Story but once I got into it that was good as well. I also liked The Gingerbread Girl and Rose Madder which also deal with women being abused or terrorized. I am a woman but maybe all those years of working with men in the military changed me? I did not revel in the violence but it didn't bother me all that much. In the end all of his books show the triumph of good over evil which is just fine with me.