Book Review: From a Buick 8 by Stephen King

From a Buick 8 by Stephen King is a novel about a young man coming to terms with the death of his father. His search for peace leads him to the men and women of the state trooper barracks where his father worked until his death. There, he learns about a secret that his father and those troopers kept from him and the rest of the world. This secret, a Buick 8 that appears to be a portal to and from another dimension, has the potential to ruin them all.

From a Buick 8 is rather typical of a Stephen King novel. It contains horror, unlikely heroes and a small town setting. What sets this book apart (kind of) is that it is set in Pennsylvania, rather than the usual Maine settings Stephen King readers are used to, and more recently, Florida settings. Despite the "to be expected" nature of the novel, From the Buick 8 is not a bad bit of reading, but you knew that already. It was written by Stephen King, after all.

Hardcore Stephen King fans will have to read From a Buick 8 and they will enjoy it. However, if I were to recommend a Stephen King novel to someone who is new to Stephen King, this would not be it. It is not that it is not a good novel because it is. It has great qualities and especially good characters and relationships between those characters. It is just that it is not Stephen King's best story.

Shelly Barclay

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