Review: Pet Sematary

The house looks right, feels right to Dr Louis Creed. Rambling, old and comfortable. A place where the family can settle; the children grow and play and explore. The rolling hills and meadows of Maine seem a world away from the fume-choked dangers of the city.
It’s only those big trucks on the road outside which growl out unnerving threats.Behind the house there’s a carefully cleared path up into the woods to a place where generations of local children walked in a procession with the solemn innocence of the young, taking with them their dear departed pets for burial.
A sad place maybe, but safe. Surely a safe place. Not a place to seep into your dreams, to wake you, sweating with fear and foreboding…

I rated it 4 stars.

Pet Sematary is acclaimed as one of the scariest Stephen King’s books. I’ve been curious about the movie adaptation for a while and after reading his book Sleeping Beauties last summer, I’ve also been very curious about his books.

Personally, though, I didn’t find it scary at all. It was certainly very creepy, suspenseful and eerie, but not quite scary and that was a little bit disappointing, though it of course didn’t hinder my enjoyment of this book.

The story follows Louis Creed and his family as they move to Ludlow, Maine, after Louis gets hired as the new Head of the Infirmary at the local university. They really have a chance of making a home in this new beautiful house, though, they just have to be careful about the very busy highway and large speeding trucks that pass through day and night. There’s even a pet cemetery in the woods behind the house full of this road’s victims…

I rather liked Louis. He was logical, clear-headed and just a good man trying his best for most of this novel. I could relate to him somewhat and support his decisions and he was an interesting character.

In regards to the plot, all I can say is I wasn’t surprised, or that it was a bit predictable because as I’ve mentioned earlier, I’ve been curious about the movie adaptation and so I watched the trailer several times (maybe trying to muster the courage to actually watch it and definitely during the day), so I knew the basic premise. There were a few instances when I was surprised (and actually gasped out loud), but there were some very predictable moments. The end, aside from predictable, felt rushed. The novel seemed to be culminating in this macabre event that lasted perhaps a total of thirty pages and that just felt very anticlimactic.

The writing really conveyed the perfect eerie atmosphere, the sentiment and it was just overall fantastic and perfectly suitable for the story which was somehow slow paced and somehow simultaneously very eventful – and always rich in detail!

Overall, although I’m slightly disappointed in the fact that it wasn’t scary and in the predictable plot, I really enjoyed reading this book, it was pretty interesting and I’m satisfied with how it ended. It didn’t leave me with any major questions left unanswered or leave me wanting to read more (what an odd feeling). I definitely recommend it.

The next Stephen King book I will read is likely Under The Dome which I bought at the same time as Pet Sematary. I’ve already watched part of the first season of the show, but I’m confident it won’t be enough to spoil anything major for me and I’m very intrigued by this book.

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