Saturday, October 26, 2013

Stephen King's Best Books: #6 -- Bag of Bones

#6     Bag of Bones

Bag of Bones [1998] -- described by Stephen King himself as a "haunted love story" -- is crafted on a smaller scale in terms of locale and characters than most other King works, but noteworthy for its mesmerizingly intricate plot.

Four years after the unexpected death of his wife, bestselling author Mike Noonan's perpetual grief has left him with an insurmountable case of writer's block.  Plagued by persistent nightmares of the summer lake cottage that he and his wife used to frequent, Mike decides to spend the summer there to get his life back on track.

Retreating to the isolated seclusion of the lake cottage, Mike is quickly drawn into a struggle between single mom Mattie Devore and her vindictive millionaire father-in-law, who seeks to acquire custody of her daughter.  While trying to assist Mattie, Mike uncovers a shocking secret from the town's past as well as a deeper, sinister mystery that threaten's the town present day children.  Terrifying supernatural forces are at work... and Mike quickly discovers that some secrets are better left buried.

Bag of Bones was adapted into a two-part screenplay that aired on the A&E Network in 2011.

Bag of Bones

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