Pet Sematary by Stephen King
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Gripping, but also terrible, and upsetting for anyone who loves cats!
This is one of those books that I had been meaning to read for years and years, not really knowing much about it – but it’s Stephen King so obviously it’s going to be pretty good. And by “good” I mean achieving that sense of unease that only King can produce in his writing. Honestly though, I do always find myself getting more upset when a pet dies in a story, than when the humans are in danger!
The Creed family move to Maine for a fresh start and a quieter life. Quiet except for the busy road adjacent to their property. When the family cat “Church” gets hit by a truck, the friendly neighbour shows Dr Louis Creed where he can be buried – beyond the marked “Pet Sematary”. Without wanting to upset his daughter, he tells her that Church has run away. Until he comes back on his own.
When further tragedy strikes the Creeds, Louis makes a decision which could endanger them all. Historical family trauma and current traumas combine with the supernatural forces of the land.
I did enjoy reading this book (if “enjoy” is the right word!) – I had to get to the end of it as quickly as possible. Draw your own conclusions…
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