MY REVIEW 3.5 stars:
I was really looking forward to reading this book! I even downloaded it on audible a month before the Stephen King reader’s group that I’m in was scheduled to read it – on accident. I guess I got a little ahead of myself. King has a way of writing cliche topics in a memorable and twisted way, so why not a full on alien book, right? There were a few times throughout – like when the MC uncovered a spacecraft for example – when king would literally make fun of how cliché it really is, which I thought was hilarious.
There is a lot going on with the Tommy Kockers, and in true King fashion, quite a bit of it was a little confusing. In a way the confusion keeps the reader going, and in a way it’s frustrating. There is also, in my opinion waaaayyyyyy too many characters so they sort of added to the confusion. As I mentioned already, I listened to this book on Audible. There are a couple of characters who share the same name (I’m sure they’re spelled differently, but I didn’t read I listened!) which was also a bit irritating. SO, now that I’ve gotten my complaints out, let’s talk about the actual story.
The book is broken into three parts. The first part goes as follow: Bobbi Anderson the MC, discovers a strange metal object protruding from the ground in the woods behind her house. After it’s found, odd things begin to happen to her, as well as her dog who’s extremely old and seemingly unable to handle the changes going on inside of him. Bobbi obsesses and after digging up the object to uncover the fact that it’s an alien spacecraft, she get even stranger. Her mind begins to slip, and along with that she develops telepathic abilities. She uses those abilities to pull certain people to her. One of which is Gard, or Gardner (his last name), a poet who happens to be in love with her and has the ability to block the telepathy as he wishes to a certain degree.
Part two breaks down the nearby town, Haven. Haven is close enough to the craft that once it’s uncovered, they begin to also be effected by it. Most become mad, crazy, the nuttiest of the nutties. There’s murder, mayhem, more brainwashing, disappearances, blowing of stuff up and oh so much more. Ultimately, the choice members of town that Bobbi Anderson want involved in the ‘Becoming’ do in fact become involved. One by one they make their way to her, and the odd shed on her yard, and together they physically and telepathically change immensely.
Part three is short and impactful. I can’t really tell you what happens here, or it will ruin the book. So read it yourself to find out. 3.5 stars for me.
“Stephen King never stops giving us his all” (Chicago Tribune) in this #1 national bestseller about the idyllic small town of Haven, Maine, and its encounter with a deadly evil out for a diabolical invasion of body, soul—and mind.
Something was happening in Bobbi Anderson’s idyllic small town of Haven, Maine. Something that gave every man, woman, and child in Haven powers far beyond those of ordinary mortals. Something that turned the town into a deathtrap for all outsiders. Something that is buried in the woods behind Bobbi’s house. With the help of her friend, Jim Gardener, they uncover an alien spaceship. And as they learn more about this strange discovery, the citizens of Haven begin to change: The townspeople are being welded into one organic, homicidal, and fearsomely brilliant entity in thrall to the Tommyknockers, who piloted the alien ship.
In Tommyknockers, “Stephen King at his best” (San Francisco Chronicle), King has given us a “brilliant, riveting, marvelous” (The Boston Globe) novel. “You will not be able to put this down” (Los Angeles Times Book Review). And the next time someone raps at your door, you may want to keep the chain on. It just might be the Tommyknocker Man.