I started reading Stephen King novels when I was in my early teens and, since then, he's been my favorite author. He creates characters that are so real, I feel like I know them. I wasn't as impressed with some of his more recent novels, but this one more than made up for that. Duma key is 592 pages, and I just couldn't put it down. It wasn't particularly frightening (but then again, I don't scare easily. Also, that's not really what I get out of Stephen King's novels - as I said, I just fall in love with his characters, and his stories are usually captivating), but I was pulled into the story immediately, and I couldn't wait to find out what happened next. Whenever I had to put the book down and go back to the real world, I really felt disappointed. The main character's life is very different after having been in a terrible accident, and now he's trying to heal as best he can and get used to a new way of life. He's newly divorced, he has a new home, in a new environment, he's making new friends... and discovering new abilities. I think this is the book I joined The Stephen King Library for, and it was about $8.00 or so. (It's nice, if you're a big fan. You just check off a list of books that you don't own - or would like another copy of, or whatever - and those are what will be sent to you, when it's their featured month. No monthly shipments, no having to decline a monthly selection. You pay for the books - that you agreed to have sent to you - when they are shipped to you).