Bag of Bones

Bag of Bones

by Stephen King
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Bag of Bones by Stephen King

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephen King, a powerful tale of grief, of love's enduring bonds, and the haunting secrets of the past.

Four years after the sudden death of his wife, forty-year-old bestselling novelist Mike Noonan is still grieving. Unable to write, and plagued by vivid nightmares set at the western Maine summerhouse he calls Sara Laughs, Mike reluctantly returns to the lakeside getaway. There, he finds his beloved Yankee town held in the grip of a powerful millionaire, Max Devore, whose vindictive purpose is to take his three-year-old granddaughter, Kyra, away from her widowed young mother, Mattie. As Mike is drawn into Mattie and Kyra's struggle, as he falls in love with both of them, he is also drawn into the mystery of Sara Laughs, now the site of ghostly visitations and escalating terrors. What are the forces that have been unleashed here — and what do they want of Mike Noonan?

It is no secret that King is one of our most mesmerizing storytellers. In Bag of Bones, he proves to be one of our most moving as well.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780671024239
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 06/01/1999
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 752
Sales rank: 73,794
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.90(d)
Lexile: 890L (what's this?)

About the Author

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes Sleeping Beauties (co-written with his son Owen King), End of Watch, the short story collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Finders Keepers, Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel and now an AT&T Audience Network original television series), Doctor Sleep, and Under the Dome. His novel 11/22/63—a recent Hulu original television series event—was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers. His epic works The Dark Tower and It are the basis for major motion pictures. He is the recipient of the 2014 National Medal of Arts and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.


Bangor, Maine

Date of Birth:

September 21, 1947

Place of Birth:

Portland, Maine


B.S., University of Maine at Orono, 1970

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Bag of Bones 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 541 reviews.
Mamajenns3 More than 1 year ago
This is my absolute favorite book EVER!! I totally fell in love with the characters and missed them when I was finished with the book. I have read 15 SK novels and this is the only one that gave me trouble sleeping. SK is the only author I know who can mix a love story into a horror story, add a few racy and explicit sex scenes (as is his style)and wind up with one spectacluar novel!! For those of you who think SK only does horror... READ THIS BOOK!
bookholiday More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. Very suspenseful. one of the best of S.King
Corey_Andreas More than 1 year ago
I am, by no means, a Stephen King fan. I don't dislike him necessarily, but he's not my favorite by far. I had read one his older novels, and quite a lot of his short stories, but I could never really get into them in the way I got into other books, or other authors. It's his style. I guess with him there's this very weighty palpable air of: "I'm a writer! Are you enjoying my writing?! These words, that I'm writing to you, dear reader?!" Understand, I don't mean this is in the sense that he's arrogant, or pretentious at all, it's just to me, that seems to be his style of writing, and the connection that he feels between himself, being the writer, and his readers, is strong--one in which it seems that he's perpetually aware that he's writing TO someone. And it shows--that attitude manifests itself at the output of his novels and short stories-and that's a good thing, it really is. It's a good attitude to have, if I'm reading him, right. Just not so much for me, personally. So, when I was given Bag of Bones to read, I wasn't sure if I would even be able to get into it. I was dead wrong. I read this book-529 pages-in roughly four sittings. I seriously couldn't put it down, and, at first, I had no idea why. King's aforementioned style is still there, he didn't abandon it for this one, but for some reason it just worked for me in this context. I realized that the hilariously obsessive tone that King gave to Mike Noonan, the main character, is a huge reason why I was so absorbed in his story. Every little thought that ever crosses Mike's mind is dragged out of his head and painted onto the page for us to read-no matter how irreverent, heartbreaking, wonderful, vulnerable or premature those thoughts may be. There were quite a few moments during my reading, that I actually laughed out loud by one of Noonan's quick, jarringly wry comments-one time in which I had to close the book until I could gather myself enough to open the book and move on. That doesn't happen to me. Ever. Mike Noonan is a real person, and despite Mike Noonan's intelligence, and highly successful life, in his mind, he's an everyman. Mike Noonan is an incredibly round character, bursting with life. So much so, that you literally feel what he feels, as he's feeling it. Mike is real, and he feels alive, as do all the other characters in the book-no matter how small their role. Everyone is believable, and almost nothing is left to the imagination-right down to mannerisms, gait, and accents. Everything is fleshed out ad nauseum, at times, and the book is better for it. To me, the third act, or whatever you want to call it, suffers the way most Stephen King's stories suffer. And it makes sense, I guess, when you think about it, considering his stories do follow a certain formula. Stephen is one of the best at setting up a story, and leaving tension. It's when King tries to resolve it, that we run into trouble. I just don't think he's very good at writing action-or at least I'm not fond of the way he writes action. Maybe it's because of the fact that he is so formulaic, that he's just naturally better at telling what could be there, instead of telling you what is there. The ending to Bag of Bones is a stupid lumbering mess, and really isn't that scary..just weird. But then, the epilogue seems to bring things back home, and all is right again with a story that you'll have grown to love. So, do I recommend this story? Absolutely. I think it's one of the best novels I've read.
Thomas_McEwen More than 1 year ago
In my opinion King writes best when he writes in the first person narrative. Bag of Bones may be the best example of this. This is as much a story of a loving marriage as it is a ghost story. The details of the relationship between Mike and Jo Noonan add a level of believability to this story that only intensifies the horrors that are revealed. Interspaced with this rich and detailed view of lives lived by two people King inserts doubts and creeping dread and suspense, along with a few writing tricks and gimmicks that tease the reader into saying, “Why didn’t I see that?” I do not consider Bag of Bones to be Kings master piece, but I do consider it to be the work of a master story teller and is easily in Kings top three. This story will grab you on page one, and it won‘t let you go till the last page. You won’t like everything that happens. But, that just adds to the realism of the story. I give it 5 stars.
Mikey_G More than 1 year ago
this is my first introduction to *new-er* King. I've read his older novels and "The Stand" is actually one of my favorite books. I've heard that people don't realy like the newer novels because I guess they feel he's "lost his edge". I don't feel this way. "Bag of Bones" was amazing on so many levels. There of course is a sense of terror with all of the ghosts and the dark history at Sara Laughs. But at its core, it is a love story. While I haven't read any other newer novels, I am very impressed with this novel and will continue to read more recent novels by King. I highly reccommend this novel!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are a Stephen King fan, you will love this. It's the old Stephen King again as in Salem's Lot. Loved the characters and didn't want the book to end! Scary. Riveting. Touching. Great read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are very few books I've read more than once. VERY few. This is one of them. I loved it because it's so very King, but more. I hadn't read King in years before I picked up this book, but when I did, I remembered why I used to love his books so much. It's both down-to-earth and ethereal enough to make you look over your shoulder every once in a while, and the trademark King sarcasm is still there. It's a hauntingly beautiful book-- I'll read it again, I'm sure-- once I get it back from my co-worker!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a gorgeous haunted love story. About as romantic as Stephen King will ever get. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What can I say? Stephen King is the master of horror and suspense. This novel lived up to my expectations and more. Keeps you glued to the pages even after you know you have to get some sleep. Awesome read!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been a Stephen King fan since childhood. Bag of Bones is another great book that delivers everything you would expect from the author. The story line is fabulous with a ton of unexpected twists and turns. Just when you think you know what is coming, it turns and it is something else completely. This book is another late night page turner keeping you up at night and filling your dreams with suspense once asleep!!! The characters are entertaining as well as intriguing as always. He sets the scene beautifully which draws you right in!!!! Do yourself a favor and go out and pick up this book, you won't be disappointed!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a Huge Stephen King fan. When I enter a B&N or any bookstore, I always go straight to where the King novels are. I've a read numerous novels by King and can fairly say that Bag of Bones is my all time favorite. I honestly might have to read it again! If you love King's amazing sense of imagination and the crazy twists he puts on his stories then this is definetly a fantastic book to read. I would read it every night before I went to sleep and it honestly made me feel somewhat uneasy. The image he portrays with Sara Laughs is a clear one that you can find on the back roads of any lakeside community.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of his very best. I've read about 80% of his books. L Paul
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I pooped halfway through
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SK has written good and lousy books, Under the Dome was weak, but I am a fan. I found this book as good as The Shining. The story starts out simply, grows, and becomes more complex throughout the book. The story and characters are very well developed and there are story curves throughout the book that keep you saying, "Oh, wasn't expecting that". Everytime I thought I had things figured out, I was wrong. I was compelled to keep picking up the book to read further and I never lost interest. The story is complex and you have to pay attention to keep up and get the full impact of the book. The ending was unexpected, as was many of the curves in the book, and I thought this book was very well worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
King at his best..beautifully written..wonderful characters...first time King ever made me cry
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this because i liked the movie and the book was 10X better!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stephen King's usual standard has been carried on. Excellent listening.
Anonymous 6 months ago
An amazing story of love, lose and finding the truth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept me on my toes
TheMasterofSuspense More than 1 year ago
This was a classic the moment King wrote it, and the movie version with Jack Nicholson is the pinnacle of King's career I think. Somehow, over the years, he was gotten less interesting as an author. But... The Stand, Tommyknockers, It... all classic King. My favorite author through the 70s, 80s, King seems to have slipped a bit. The old books, like The Stand, will always be my favorites.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very addicting. I will admit I had to stop reading a few times at night because it was so frightening.
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