I was right, this book is DENSE. Anyone who wants to pick this book up should be ready for that experience. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing though, this book throws you right into the action and leaves you little time to catch your breath. Now, it does switch perspectives a lot, but that didn’t really bother me. To compare it to another well known King book, it’s like in It when the perspective would shift between the different characters and how it would move back and forth in time. It’s less dishevled than It, really, now that I think about it. It switches between Clint and Lila Norcross, a psycologist and the town sheriff, respectively, Jeanette and her cellmate Ree, inmates at the Dooling Correctional Facility, Tiffany Jones, a woman on hard times that are about to get worse, and Evie, as mystrious stranger. Now, reading all that back, I am so glad that there’s a list of characters in the front of the book. There’s a lot to be paying attention to. But I struggle to pull myself away.
Now, not a whole lot of actual plot points happen in this first couple of chapters, but we get some really interesting character introductions, and the plot points that we do see we see in all of their gritty detail. Now, some of the plot threads haven’t intersected yet, but I’m only a few chapters into the book so I hardly expect them to. So far, we learn about a woman known as “The Avon Lady” to police. We follow Lila as she investigates her latest victim: a meth dealer named Truman Maywhether. Evie “the Avon Lady” essentially kills both Truman and his unnamed and unknown companion with her bare hands, sets fire to his meth lab, and runs. There’s a whole investigation and a bit of a car action that I just don’t want to spoil.
Now, Clint’s storyline is coming a bit more into focus as the first major plot point fades away. He has moved from private practice into a job as a therapist in the local women’s prison. This plot point is just taking off as of where I am in the book, so there’s not much to really say there.
Now, what do I think so far about this book? I really like it. Now, it’s kind of jarring to see real life figures like Michelle Obama, Robert Durst, and Donald Trump. Somehow I didn’t anticipate the political tones to be quite so overt. But I’m getting used to it and I don’t think it’s enough to turn me off to the book as a whole. If I hadf to describe it in one word, it would be exciting. I find myself feeling what I often feel with King’s works. Despite the flaws, and in this case I haven’t noticed any glaring ones other than the jarring introduction of current political figures and people of note, I just want to keep reading. It’s dense as far as content, and there’s a lot going on, but it’s not hard to really process what the book is trying to tell you. I would probably advise getting this book in digital format, just because it’s a bit bulky and hard to really take with you. But despite my inability to fit the book into my book stand, I can’t wait to keep reading.