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Bag of Bones

by Stephen King

Pocket Books | June 1, 1999 | Mass Market Paperbound

Bag of Bones is rated 4.4651 out of 5 by 43.
Here is Stephen King''s most gripping and unforgettable novel -- a tale of grief and lost love''s enduring bonds, of haunting secrets of the past, and of an innocent child caught in a terrible crossfire.

Four years after the sudden death of his wife, forty-year-old bestselling novelist Mike Noonan is still grieving. Unable to write, and plagued by vivid nightmares set at the western Maine summerhouse he calls Sara Laughs, Mike reluctantly returns to the lakeside getaway. There, he finds his beloved Yankee town held in the grip of a powerful millionaire, Max Devore, whose vindictive purpose is to take his three-year-old granddaughter, Kyra, away from her widowed young mother, Mattie. As Mike is drawn into Mattie and Kyra''s struggle, as he falls in love with both of them, he is also drawn into the mystery of Sara Laughs, now the site of ghostly visitations and escalating terrors. What are the forces that have been unleashed here -- and what do they want of Mike Noonan?

It is no secret that King is one of our most mesmerizing storytellers. In Bag of Bones, he proves to be one of our most moving as well.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 752 pages, 6.6 × 4.1 × 1.9 in

Published: June 1, 1999

Publisher: Pocket Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 067102423X

ISBN - 13: 9780671024239

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of his best This is definitely one of the best books Stephen King has written. It's one of my personal favourites.
Date published: 2014-05-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bag of Bones I only picked this book up because of the TV series and the fact that a friend lent it to me. It was actually very good! I was very impressed. It has been a while since I read any of King's books and I forgot just how creepy they could be. There were definitely a few nights where I was a little weary of getting out of bed in the middle of the night to use the bathroom! haha
Date published: 2012-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Amazing!!! This book grabbed me from the beginning and wouldn't let go! I re-read it every few months. This book has everything I could ever want in a story and then some. Mike, Joanne, Mattie and Kyra, are all wonderful character's who throb with a life of their own. King has created a magnificent story. It takes Ghost stories where Anne Rice took vampire's and Kelley Armstrong took the supernatural world! Within the first few pages, Joanne dies, leaving Michael a widow, only to discover, the child they had been ardently trying for, died with his wife. After a few years of being lost to and within his grief, he remembers the lake house, he once loved. After Ralph Robert's (You should remember him from "Insomnia) mentions to Mike, that he should go on a vacation, it is then and only then that he starts to think of the lake house and going there, named "Sara laughs". What he encounters after going back to "Sara Laughs" is something he had not been prepared for. Not only would going back to the lake house bring back, untapped grief, but the horror that had taken place near there, was about to reawaken and this time, Michael was right in the thick of things. For me, there will never be a King novel as great as this one! Once I started it, I couldn't put it down. And as king said in the "afterward", I had a sleepless night, only it wasn't from fright, but from needing to finish the book. (I've learned my lesson, I get up early in the morning, and devote a whole day to this book. Even after the umpteenth time of reading this book, I still pick it up with great enthusiasm.)
Date published: 2008-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Amazing read.
Date published: 2008-01-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Stephen's best I haven't read a King novel in years and was surprised to see that he had been quite busy (lots of books on my reading list now!) I picked up Bag of Bones with great anticipation; however, after 300 pages I was waiting for a jump-start! It wasn't scary, it was quite confusing and you guessed the end 100 pages from the ending. I was disappointed with this book - there was no zip and pizzazz. that I usually encounter reading his books. Also, I kept believing his character was much older - I don't think that characterisation worked.
Date published: 2007-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great read! Bag of Bones is one of my favourite Stephen King novels ... it is interesting and a little bit creepy ... Not so creepy to make me have to put it down, but just creepy enough to keep me at the edge of my seat! The characters feel so alive. This is definitely a book worth buying! I've read it twice since I bought it a couple of years ago, and I'm sure I'll read it again.
Date published: 2005-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazingly Breathtaking! This is an amazing book by Stephen King. I've read quite a few books by Stephen King, such as: The Green Mile, Parts of IT, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, Carrie, Pet Sematary, Dreamcatcher, and a few others that I can not think of right now. So far, this is Stephen King's best, tied with The Green Mile. The Green Mile was great, and so good, I don't think I could say this is better, but it's definitely as good, if not better, but I just remember The Green Mile being so great. This book's characters are very enveloping. You read a 35 page chapter in what feels like 10 minutes. I got so into it, I thought I was watching a movie instead of reading a book. Although the end a little confusing, it is very explosive ending. The ending is so crazy, if you were reading this book, and you got through to 6 chapters left, I don't think it would be possible that you could stop reading it, because the ending is just that good!
Date published: 2004-02-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but not his best I thought that this book was good but not usual king.There is a lot of bizarre content like the having sex with a dead woman.However I thought that this book was terrifying at times and that King wraps it up beatifully.
Date published: 2003-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Edge of your seat terror! This book is one of the best books that I ever read! It was scary, sweet, and sad all at the same time. I was really shocked at the end, but you have to read this book to find out! Just great!!!
Date published: 2002-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from more than a book This book was amazing,his story took you.His characters let you know all about them and the scenes from page one to the very end were blends of the work of a master. This book was about an author(as other of his books were)with matters so intriguing to the reader you feel like you are meeting them and in the endall you want to do is flip back to page one and read it all over again. I also reccomend his book Dolores Claiborne the book is great.(Do not try the movie.)
Date published: 2000-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Ghost / Love story I am not a former "big" Stephen King fan - however - I found this book enthralling. Mike Noonan's character was deep, and I found myself empathizing with him. The ending was fascinating - reminded me of the "Sixth Sense" in a way - and everything wrapped up. It made me want to go back and read the book again to catch what I'm sure I missed while reading it the first time. I enjoyed this book.
Date published: 2000-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite book! I read this book in a week. This is definitely my favorite book! It has everything I like in a story. If you enjoy ghost stories that are really spooky than read "Bag of Bones"! You won't be able to put it down!
Date published: 2000-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't Count on Sleeping From the first page, King sucks the reader in and holds them captive for the entire ride! This book is not reccommended if you like getting to sleep on time. The story moves quickly and makes the hair stand up on the back of your neck. I completely ignored important things for the 2 days that I was reading this book. I even brought it in the car so that I could catch a few lines at red lights. Basically, a good scary read with a great plot.
Date published: 2000-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome I'm only at page 200 and i've been hooked since page 1. I'm not even half way through the book and i can already say it's a great book!
Date published: 2000-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book I ever read!! This book is an excellent read! I wish Stephen King would right more books like this. I love they way this book is put together, like a puzzle. It's excellent and I recommend this to any horror seeking fan.
Date published: 2000-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth It! Definately worth buying because you will want to read it again. It is an amazing work from Stephen King, hauntingly romantic.
Date published: 2000-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Edge of your seat suspense!!! I read this book during winter which gives it a more realistic atmosphere, I could hardly put the book down during work. The details are as if King was a painter at the canvas, he would not leave a single feature out. From the screaching voice to the waving cloth arms. While reading this it feels as if you are reading into King's life, feeling every sorrow and happiness. To all who like sitting at the edge of their chairs; and hanging off every word in a book, Bag Of Bones should definitly be on your list the next time you go into a book store!! (Hint Hint)
Date published: 2000-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! Great book, finished it in a personal best of two days! Once I picked it up, I could not put it back down.
Date published: 2000-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelievable I recieved this book for my birthday and I was very excited about it. I have been reading Stephen King for about 7 years now and they have always been his older novels and novellas. (70's-80's) This was my first newer novel that I have read and I was greatly impressed! I can personally observe how King has evolved with his writing styles. This book is a must read. King has a way of enrapturing one into such a intense story. There is always a suprise at the end of each page and chapter. Bag of Bones, I can see, becoming a screenplay, because of the intensity of the characters, strong plot and the occurences that the main character is involved with. I strongly recomend this to anyone who is a King lover and also to someone who enjoys a beautiful, scary, love story.
Date published: 2000-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Autobiography? Although I am only half-way through...I am loving this book - and Mike Noonan! I wonder how much of Steven King is in Mike Noonan? He is a darling character, and so funny! I like the inside scoop on the world of publishing. And found it hillarious, when the main character observed that the plot of Bag of Bones was begining to resemble a Grisham novel.
Date published: 2000-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Memorable Bag of Bones, a ghost story with the touch of romance, is so mesmerizing that when I read it, time just flew away. A memorable, passionate novel, A must read.
Date published: 2000-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Stand Few novelists have the adeptness to absorb the reader in the story with such ease. This book is of interest to aspiring writers of fiction with its behind the scenes insights. Thanks Stephen...may your imagination continue to amaze us.
Date published: 2000-05-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not What I Expected I finally finished the book after two long weeks. The first 100 pages I could have skipped and there were parts that I actually skimmed over. Usually reading the reviews on this website gives me a good indication as to the book but definitely not for me in this case. Not interesting, spooky or spellbinding. I am very surprised so many enjoyed this one.
Date published: 1999-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from bag of bones It's my first king book. Cool stuff, very entertaining, I got a sun burn on the beach reading it. But what I couldn't figure out was the importance of his wife being pregnant ?. Looking forward to the next one.
Date published: 1999-10-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Bag of Paper Shreds First of all, I am a King fan. I'm an avid reader and love his works. BUT not Bag of Bones. The book is SOOO boring that it would make you fall asleep in your sleep. I can understand the lack of blockbuster stories but what I cannot understand is the overuse of "writer's block" theory. I mean, what kind of a person would have a seizure and lose breaths when he sees a screen and tries to write? I am a writer and I don't have (or even heard of) such a theory or an 'incident'. King should retire. Let his name be carried as a legend's and let the newer novelists come forth.
Date published: 1999-09-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Bag of Paper Shreds First of all, I am a King fan. I'm an avid reader and love his works. BUT not Bag of Bones. The book is SOOO boring that it would make you fall asleep in your sleep. I can understand the lack of blockbuster stories but what I cannot understand is the overuse of "writer's block" theory. I mean, what kind of a person would have a seizure and lose breaths when he sees a screen and tries to write? I am a writer and I don't have (or even heard of)such a theory or an 'incident'. King should retire. Let his name be carried as a legend's and let the newer novelists come forth.
Date published: 1999-09-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from High spirit! Great king book with a lot of suprises. I usually guess the developpement in a book, but not this time! A great tool to go away from every day life. READ IT! It's different.
Date published: 1999-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bag of Bones King is essentially my first pick for a good scary novel, although I still have not been able to finish two of his earlier works - IT, and The Talisman. These two bored me to sleep, or worse, to temporarily losing the book. Many of his earlier work was riveting, The Stand, Insomnia, The Tommyknockers, Needful Things, but I was weary of picking up a new King book. Was I going to lose this one also? Not a chance. This story is downright scary, sometimes erotic, sometimes sad, and always entertaining. Reading this book, I felt for Mike Noonan as I would have for a friend who has just been widowed and is going through the ensuing pains. And the story is entirely believable! Excellent read. Old King fans, do not be discouraged by some of the ordinary reviews of his most recent work (The Girl who loved Tom Gordon), or by a slightly different King style. Give it a chance, like I did.
Date published: 1999-09-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Riveting ghost story! This book is an excellent read! It started out a little bit slow but once you get into it you won't be able to put it down. The characters are wonderfully written and Mr. King makes you care about them and what happens to them. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes Mr. King's novels and for those who have never read one of his books should try this one out. You will get hooked.
Date published: 1999-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bag of Average As with each new King novel I eagerly anticipate the new characters and a story which might be a little different from the last. I am generally not dissapointed, but as usual, this story was a tough go in the beginning and drew to an exciting conclusion. The main characters were likable and the story was complete, although I found the child murder sequence a bit disturbing. Not the best (The Stand) and not the worst (It). Definately for fans, but probably won't win new ones.
Date published: 1999-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spooky romance ... love it! The last King book I read was The Tommyknockers. I picked up Bag of Bones a couple of weeks ago and found it even better than the Stephen King books that I remember reading in the past. I was drawn in right from the start and the book just continued picking up momentum page by page. King is among the best when it comes to painting portraits with words, bringing life to characters like Mike, Mattie, Max Devore and Rogette Whitmore ... even the long dead Sara Tidwell. A great read. It has me looking at my daughter's alphabet magnets and looking for messages!!
Date published: 1999-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Deeper and Deeper Stephen King is in his own stratosphere when it comes to characterization. Although he is known for being the King of Horror, his most profound and significant stories are ones revolving around characters who are in situations not of their own devising but who muddle through somehow, with all the foibles of everyday humans ... and bring an entire reading public along to see how they did it. With Bag of Bones, it's as though we're walking around inside Mike and he doesn't even know we're there ... sounds like a Stephen King thing!
Date published: 1999-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Deeper and Deeper Stephen King is in his own stratosphere when it comes to characterization. Although he is known for being the King of Horror, his most profound and significant stories are ones revolving around characters who are in situations not of their own devising but who muddle through somehow, with all the foibles of everyday humans ... and bring an entire reading public along to see how they did it. With Bag of Bones, it's as though we're walking around inside Mike and he doesn't even know we're there ... sounds like a Stephen King thing!
Date published: 1999-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Masterful Writing I gave King another chance after failing to get all the way through the lengthy and unsatisfying "The Stand". I knew after the first two paragraphs that this was a much more mature, clever and thoughtful writer. "Bag of Bones" is an excellent novel that is at once warm and human as well as being supremely terrifying. King handles the pace of the novel with masterful skill. The confidence of this author made me think of Hitchock in the late 50's. You are completely in his grasp. I couldn't put the book down for the last five chapters. I loved and hated his characters. The dream sequences are mesmerizingly lyrical. The first person voice of the novel makes the whole story intensely immediate and intimate. The fridge magnets are in the trash now.
Date published: 1999-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hooked! It has been ages since a book so thoroughly held my attention! It's the kind of book that keeps you thinking about it when you aren't reading it. I found myself excitedly looking forward to a couple free minutes I could read more of it. I love a good ghost story that isn't about monsters and this one is wonderful.
Date published: 1999-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from bag of bones Well, I could not put it down again! I really enjoyed this read. King did not dally on descriptions of things like he normally does. The romantic twist was sad yet compelling. Better than his dark tower series!
Date published: 1999-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from TRULY AMAZING !!! I have read a couple of Stephen King's book but none have had the effect, Bag of Bone's has had on me. This book has kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book, and has even made me teary eyed. Truly an amazing masterpiece.
Date published: 1999-07-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from HE'S BACK! Mr. King and I went our separate ways for a while starting with "The Tommyknockers" onward. I could not even finish reading Gerald's Game and Insomnia. BUT starting with Rose Madder (excellent book) to "Bag of bones" is like, after a long time, running into an old friend and feeling like it was just yesterday the last time you spend time together. It is nice to see you again. All I need to do now is find it in Italian so I can give it to my parents to read.
Date published: 1999-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't read it alone I've never read a book before that actually made it difficult to sleep. Every creek and bump you hear in the night magnifies three-fold after you begin this book. It's the kind of book you want to condense into a campfire story to impress (and terrify) your friends. Very different from normal King; once again he proves that he’s not just horror novelist, he’s a captivating, descriptive storyteller!
Date published: 1999-06-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great summer ghost story I read this in one day - found it very engrossing and compelling. Liked the different characters and overall enjoyed it very much which is surprising considering I'm not normally a King fan. The ending was a bit too violent and cliched for my taste but overall a great read.
Date published: 1999-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bag of Bones Have you noticed a positive "spiritual sub-text" in Stephen King's work of-late? Sure, the creepy stuff is still there, and there has always been a supernatural side to his stories. But lately it's becoming more prominent and I must admit, I like it. It seems that recently, when his heros have a connection with the supernatural, it has helped them overcome adversity. Maybe King's exploring a positive slant on his story-telling, or those publishers are letting up! Either way, this is again, an incredibly well-told Stephen King story - and you gotta love those letters on the fridge - very spooky!
Date published: 1999-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bag of Bones This novel tells many stories that all roll into one, centering on an author named Mike Noonan who gets writer's block shortly after his wife Jo dies in a freak accident. He starts having nightmares about a second home they own, called Sara Laughs. He decides to go there four years later, and becomes involved with a mother and daughter who desperately need protection from a controlling millionaire. Along with all this, Sara Laughs seems to have a ghost or two. Extremely bizarre, and very well written.
Date published: 1998-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book is probably one of his best. Scary, scary, scary! There were times i was glad i was reading it in daylight! Highly recommended.
Date published: 1998-11-21

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Bag of Bones

by Stephen King

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 752 pages, 6.6 × 4.1 × 1.9 in

Published: June 1, 1999

Publisher: Pocket Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 067102423X

ISBN - 13: 9780671024239

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Chapter 1 On a very hot day in August of 1994, my wife told me she was going down to the Derry Rite Aid to pick up a refill on her sinus medicine prescription -- this is stuff you can buy over the counter these days, I believe. I''d finished my writing for the day and offered to pick it up for her. She said thanks, but she wanted to get a piece of fish at the supermarket next door anyway; two birds with one stone and all of that. She blew a kiss at me off the palm of her hand and went out. The next time I saw her, she was on TV. That''s how you identify the dead here in Derry -- no walking down a subterranean corridor with green tiles on the walls and long fluorescent bars overhead, no naked body rolling out of a chilly drawer on casters; you just go into an office marked PRIVATE and look at a TV screen and say yep or nope. The Rite Aid and the Shopwell are less than a mile from our house, in a little neighborhood strip mall which also supports a video store, a used-book store named Spread It Around (they do a very brisk business in my old paperbacks), a Radio Shack, and a Fast Foto. It''s on Up-Mile Hill, at the intersection of Witcham and Jackson. She parked in front of Blockbuster Video, went into the drugstore, and did business with Mr. Joe Wyzer, who was the druggist in those days; he has since moved on to the Rite Aid in Bangor. At the checkout she picked up one of those little chocolates with marshmallow inside, this one in the shape of a mouse. I found it later, in he
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From the Publisher

Here is Stephen King''s most gripping and unforgettable novel -- a tale of grief and lost love''s enduring bonds, of haunting secrets of the past, and of an innocent child caught in a terrible crossfire.

Four years after the sudden death of his wife, forty-year-old bestselling novelist Mike Noonan is still grieving. Unable to write, and plagued by vivid nightmares set at the western Maine summerhouse he calls Sara Laughs, Mike reluctantly returns to the lakeside getaway. There, he finds his beloved Yankee town held in the grip of a powerful millionaire, Max Devore, whose vindictive purpose is to take his three-year-old granddaughter, Kyra, away from her widowed young mother, Mattie. As Mike is drawn into Mattie and Kyra''s struggle, as he falls in love with both of them, he is also drawn into the mystery of Sara Laughs, now the site of ghostly visitations and escalating terrors. What are the forces that have been unleashed here -- and what do they want of Mike Noonan?

It is no secret that King is one of our most mesmerizing storytellers. In Bag of Bones, he proves to be one of our most moving as well.

From the Jacket

Here is Stephen King''s most gripping and unforgettable novel -- a tale of grief and lost love''s enduring bonds, of haunting secrets of the past, and of an innocent child caught in a terrible crossfire.

Four years after the sudden death of his wife, forty-year-old bestselling novelist Mike Noonan is still grieving. Unable to write, and plagued by vivid nightmares set at the western Maine summerhouse he calls Sara Laughs, Mike reluctantly returns to the lakeside getaway. There, he finds his beloved Yankee town held in the grip of a powerful millionaire, Max Devore, whose vindictive purpose is to take his three-year-old granddaughter, Kyra, away from her widowed young mother, Mattie. As Mike is drawn into Mattie and Kyra''s struggle, as he falls in love with both of them, he is also drawn into the mystery of Sara Laughs, now the site of ghostly visitations and escalating terrors. What are the forces that have been unleashed here -- and what do they want of Mike Noonan?

It is no secret that King is one of our most mesmerizing storytellers. In BAG OF BONES, he proves to be one of our most moving as well.

About the Author

Stephen King is the O. Henry Award-winning author of more than thirty books, including The Shining, The Stand, The Green Mile, and the stories on which the Academy Award-nominated films Carrie, Stand by Me, and Shawshank Redemption are based. His most recent volume in the Dark Tower series is Wizard and Glass. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

From Our Editors

Stephen King has a way of turning our most deep-rooted fears and anxieties into heart-stopping fiction. Now he offers us Bag of Bones - a story marked by grief and the essence of lingering lost love. Set on the banks of Dark Score Lake in remote Western Maine, this novel introduces us to the plight of Mike Noonan, a 40-year-old best-selling writer grappling with writer's block and the loss of his beloved wife. Mike's nights are plagued by vivid nightmares of the summerhouse, Sara Laughs, he once shared with his wife. Despite these dreams, Mike returns to Sara Laughs and encounters a town held in the grip of millionaire Max Devore. Soon Mike is drawn into a custody battle and the mystery of Sara Laughs, now the site of ghostly visitations and ever-escalating nightmares. A vivid and enthralling story woven in the voice of North America's premier storyteller.

Editorial Reviews

Atlanta Journal & Constitution It may be that after thirty-one novels, Stephen King is just getting started....Bag of Bones may be Stephen King''s most ambitious novel ...the effort has inspired a new directness and maturity in his work....Very few writers can convey the passive terrors of nightmares better than King, and he crafts one amazing dream sequence after another.
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