What happens when a grisly murder happens in a small town, with all the clues pointing clearly at a (previous) pillar of the community? You think you know, don't you? Well, get ready to be wrong. This is Stephen King, after all. This book is interesting in that the first half reads like a mystery, where we're avidly following along with a (seemingly) cut-and-dried murder investigation. Halfway through, the story flips on us and lands firmly in the 'horror' camp. Both halves are quick, gripping, and disturbing in all the best ways, but the tension-building is where this story really shines. King spends the entire time winding us up and bringing in some familiar faces trying to track down the final answer of this whodunnit. The end is not the most satisfying, but the overall ride is the most fun part. It's evocative and engaging and, if you like a dark mystery, you'll enjoy this one.
"An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories. An eleven-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad. As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King's propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can"--