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Saturday, August 7, 2021

Billy SummersBilly Summers by Stephen King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Frankly, I’m always happy to read a Stephen King.

It’s as easy as that.

He never disappoints.

Case in point: Billy Summers could easily have turned out to be a Dexter-like romp or a thriller in the vein of all hit men. It could have turned out a Stockholm-type romance spiced up with a little revenge and moral outrage to get all those types of juices flowing, too.

And make no mistake, Billy Summers DOES have those elements.

But King is a king of subversion when it comes to plots. He welcomes us down those long dark paths, leading us to believe that that monster WILL be down one, but the real monster isn’t there. It’s actually in your back pocket all along.

And I loved it from start to finish. Intelligence, the burden and release of art in a most unexpectedly delightful way, and real connection. I was invested from start to finish not only for the initial hook but MORE for all the wonderful extras.

King rocks.

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