“Edgar, does anything make you happy?”
“I used to sketch.”
“Take it up again. You need hedges… hedges against the night.”
Edgar leaves Minnesota for a rented house on Duma Key, a stunningly beautiful, eerily undeveloped splinter of the Florida coast. The sun setting into the Gulf of Mexico and the tidal rattling of shells on the beach call out to him, and Edgar draws. A visit from Ilse, the daughter he dotes on, starts his movement out of solitude. He meets a kindred spirit in Wireman, a man reluctant to reveal his own wounds, and then Elizabeth Eastlake, a sick old woman whose roots are tangled deep in Duma Key. Now Edgar paints, sometimes feverishly, his exploding talent both a wonder and a weapon. Many of his paintings have a power that cannot be controlled. When Elizabeth’s past unfolds and the ghosts of her childhood begin to appear, the damage of which they are capable is truly devastating.
The tenacity of love, the perils of creativity, the mysteries of memory and the nature of the supernatural — Stephen King gives us a novel as fascinating as it is gripping and terrifying.
Another five-star ***** book, in my opinion. I read this book when it was released in 2008 and loved it and this time I listened to the audio version in my car as I ran my daily errands and it came to life all over again.
The story is an eerie, well-crafted story of Edgar Freemantle’s horrible accident that cost him his arm and marriage and the rehabilitation he expected to find on a Florida Key named Duma. What he didn’t expect to find was his compelling need to first draw and then paint and paint and paint. But who is really behind him desire to paint and is it an honorable influence or a more sinister and deadly one? You will have to read the book to find out and I guarantee you will not want to put it down.