Hot Eats and Cool Reads: Book Review: Mile 81 by Stephen King

Oct 18, 2011

Book Review: Mile 81 by Stephen King

Description from Goodreads:

With the heart of Stand By Me and the genius horror of Christine, MILE 81 is Stephen King unleashing his imagination as he drives past one of those road signs . . .

At Mile 81 on the Maine Turnpike is a boarded up rest stop, a place where high school kids drink and get into the kind of trouble high school kids have always gotten into. It's the place where Pete Simmons goes when his older brother heads off to the gravel pit to play 'paratroopers over the side'.

Pete, armed with only the magnifying glass he got for his tenth birthday, finds a discarded bottle of vodka in the boarded up burger shack and drinks enough to pass out. That's why he doesn't notice a freshly mud-spattered station wagon (which is strange because there hadn't been any rain in New England for over a week) which veers into the Mile 81 rest area, ignoring the sign that reads 'closed, no services'.

The driver's door opens but nobody gets out . . .

My Thoughts:
This was a very short story. 43 whole pages on the Nook. It was a very good and interesting 43 pages though. Pete is started off as the main character, but really isn't because he is sleeping through a good majority of the book. It's creepy in the "Christine" type of way and I laughed my ass off at King's random thrown in swear words and phrases. I did actually like the characters even though they weren't a part of the book for long. Good ending!

I rate this 3.5 out of 5 stars

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