Mark Twain wrote: There is here and there an American who will say he can remember rising from a European table d'hote perfectly satisfied; but we must not overlook the fact that there is also here and there an American who will lie.
Category: Horror Thriller
Average Rating: 2.0
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.
The first two-thirds of this story is great. The characters are fully developed and the pacing builds the suspense. Then, the last third of the story rapidly deteriorates into a supernatural mess. It's hugely disappointing and a real waste of talent.
Will Patton's narration is brilliant. His character voices are distinctive and appropriate. There's nothing wrong with his performance. It's just the supernatural garbage that spoils the story.
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