Bag of Bones

By Stephen King,

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When Mike Noonan's wife dies unexpectedly, the bestselling author suffers from writer's block. Until he is drawn to his summer home, the beautiful lakeside retreat called Sara Laughs.

Here Mike finds the once familiar town in the tyrannical grip of millionaire Max Devore. Devore is hell-bent on getting custody of…

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3 authors picked Bag of Bones as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

I chose my Stephen King books wisely. Reading his novels is an investment of time. Bag of Bones was worth it! It is a strange story about how the past and the present will always be interrelated and interactive.

I loved the way King used the hauntings of the past to explain the present. Excellent book!

As with most King novels, this book is more horror than romance. But the haunting at the main character’s house on Dark Score Lake sent shivers up my spine in a way not many novels have. 

The premise of the ghost mystery has a thrilling twist, and without giving away spoilers, it inspired me to create barriers to communication between the living and the dead in my own novels. After all, it doesn’t make much sense for a spirit to just simply drop hints until the mystery is solved.

If there were that easy, any fictional (or real!) ghost could…

From Kathryn's list on romantic ghost stories.

A widowed writer in a haunted lake house in Maine. It’s so utterly Stephen King it might sound like a cliche. Even so, I love this book. I first read it when it was published in September 1999 and I was a senior in high school. I bought it with my own money and carried it around with me like it was a holy text. In some ways it was—it fueled my fire to become a writer myself and for that reason, if not for all the creepiness and dread throughout, this book will always be very special to me.  

From Chris' list on dread-inducing homes.

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