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Book Review: Needful Things

It’s been a while since my last book review, college work and life have been preventing me from reading as much as I want to, but in a few more days I’m done with college for Christmas and then I can read to my heart’s content!

For me Stephen King is a fail safe author, when I don’t know what to read I read Stephen King because I’m always sure that it’s going to be great. Needful Things was no exception.

book cover Needful Things by Stephen KingSet in the town of Castle Rock in Maine (where else would it be?), the residents are intrigued by a new store, Needful Things. Now what exactly could that supply? Whatever you need of course, or rather, whatever you believe you need. Leland Gaunt’s new store has something for everyone but his items don’t come cheap, and that doesn’t refer to the price tag. His customers, while immensely satisfied with their purchases, find the worst of themselves emerging in order to protect their new found property. A mere little prank or trick is a part of the terms of conditions, but Mr Gaunt knows his trade well and soon enough greed consumes the residents of Castle Rock.

Like all of King’s works, this is dark and a sinister ambiance of foreboding runs through out as there’s something about Mr Gaunt you just can’t put your finger on. Suspense and anticipation are maintained through out. It may be a lengthy novel, but it never bores. The amount of characters and frequent POV changes can be confusing at times, but by the end of it you could conduct the census of Castle Rock yourself! It’s alarming brutal and violent at times, but King’s humour always shines though for comic relief.

I would 100% recommend this to anyone who loves horror and thriller novels. I have a book shelf full of books I’ve yet to read but all I want to do is pick up another King novel!

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