Book Review: Lisey’s Story

LISEY’S STORY | Stephen King
06.28.2016 (first published 10.2006) | Scribner
Rating: 4/5 stars


Lisey lost her husband Scott after twenty-five years of marriage, which was filled with profound and sometimes frightening intimacy. Scott was an award-winning, bestselling novelist and a very complicated man. Early in their relationship, before they married, Lisey knew there was a place Scott visited – a place that both terrified and healed him, could eat him alive or give him the ideas he needed in order to live and create. Two years have passed since Scott’s death and it’s now Lisey’s turn to face his demons and go to the place known as Boo’ya Moon. What begins as a widow’s effort to sort through her husband’s belongings becomes a near fatal journey into the darkness he inhabited. 

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first picked up LISEY’S STORY, as I barely skimmed the synopsis and simply knew I wanted to read it before watching the mini series. What I found was a confusing first 100 or so pages that intrigued and puzzled me. LISEY’S STORY is anything but straightforward in the beginning. It’s a true journey into the mind of Lisey and her husband, Scott that weaves together an exciting present day storyline mixed with flashes of the past that can at times break your heart. 

Lisey is one of those main characters that are easy for a reader to bond with. You can instantly feel how genuine she is, but what sticks more is the grief radiating from Lisey. The love between Scott and Lisey is profound and the struggle with how to act and feel when the other half of your heart passes away can at times feel unbearable. I love the way King can capture so much about emotion and also deliver a story that has an amazing adventure tied to it. Whenever people tell me they can’t read King because he’s too scary or they don’t read horror, it’s stories like these I push their way.

This book is available to buy from: Amazon | Book Depository

Disclosure: What Jess Reads is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to This in no way influences my opinion of the above book.

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