Stephen King’s novella, Big Driver, originally part of King’s Full Night, Dark Stars collection is a tale of not so sweet revenge in line with the film I Spit on Your Grave. Tess Thorne, an author of cozy mysteries, is attacked, brutally raped repeatedly and left for dead, on an empty back road while she is on her way back home from a speaking and book signing engagement at a library. Afraid to tell anyone about her rape she seeks revenge on those responsible, two brothers and their mother (the mother it turns out is the library’s event planner and recommended the shortcut to Tess). With the help of her inner voice and a GPS named Tom, The author’s perpetrators get their bloody revenge.
The horror in this King tale is more grounded in reality, or as close to reality as King can get, along the lines of Dolores Claiborne and one of my favorite of King works, Misery (another story about a writer).
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This one sounds like some Stephen King I would enjoy. I recently tried to read The Outsider. Couldn’t get through it.
I like King best when there is not too much supernatural stuff. For example, Misery is arguably my favorite of his works.
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I agree John. We’ve talked about King before, he’s not my favorite and I know he’s not yours. That said, I’ve found some of his stuff to be riveting.