Pet Sematary

Posted October 18, 2023 by Carole in Reviews / 7 Comments

Pet SemataryPet Sematary by Stephen King
Narrator: Michael C. Hall
Published by Gallery Books, Simon and Schuster Audio on November 14, 1983
Genres: Fiction / Horror
Length: 15 hours 40 minutes
Pages: 414
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
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Stephen King’s #1 New York Times bestseller Pet Sematary, a “wild, powerful, disturbing” (The Washington Post Book World) classic about evil that exists far beyond the grave—among King’s most iconic and beloved novels.

When Dr. Louis Creed takes a new job and moves his family to the idyllic rural town of Ludlow, Maine, this new beginning seems too good to be true. Despite Ludlow’s tranquility, an undercurrent of danger exists here. Those trucks on the road outside the Creed’s beautiful old home travel by just a little too quickly, for one thing…as is evidenced by the makeshift graveyard in the nearby woods where generations of children have buried their beloved pets. Then there are the warnings to Louis both real and from the depths of his nightmares that he should not venture beyond the borders of this little graveyard where another burial ground lures with seductive promises and ungodly temptations. A blood-chilling truth is hidden there—one more terrifying than death itself, and hideously more powerful. As Louis is about to discover for himself sometimes, dead is better

I loved this book! I am so glad that I finally got around to reading this book. I have heard that it was one of King’s best books so I was excited to dive into this one. I did watch the movie that was made years ago so I did have some knowledge regarding what would happen in this book before picking it up but I still thought that it was amazing.

I have never been scared by a book but I can say that the sense of dread woven through this story was impressive. I knew that something bad was going to happen and I wished I could just make it stop. There were a few instances in this novel that really showcased King’s ability to paint a vivid scene that really played on my emotions. I almost never cry over books but this one almost got me at one point and I have to admit that I was definitely having “feelings.”

I listened to the audiobook and thought Michael C. Hall’s narration was outstanding. I have enjoyed this actor’s work and was excited to see that he narrates this book. He has a very pleasant voice and was able to add just the right amount of emotion and excitement to his reading. His performance added a lot to my overall enjoyment of this book.

I would not hesitate to recommend this book to others. I can understand why it is loved by so many readers and I am only sorry that I waited so long to pick it up. I cannot wait to read more of King’s work.

7 responses to “Pet Sematary

  1. This is one of King’s books I’ve been meaning to read for years now. I don’t know why I haven’t; I like the way he writes. Maybe because someone once told me it was the Stephen King book that scared them the most. But I’m thinking I need to make reading this book one of my bookish goals next year.

  2. I saw this movie when I was at a sleepover when I was about 8 and it was traumatizing! I haven’t had the courage to even think about reading this book!

  3. I read this in high school which is sadly, ages ago. I would love to reread it someday to see if I love it as much as I remember. I do think it’s one of his best though. Glad you enjoyed it.

  4. I watched the movies years ago, and the story was so sad. I don’t think I could ever read this one because of what happened to the child. Glad to hear it was a 5 star read/listen! I need to pick up more by King. I think I want to start with the Mr. Mercedes books. More of a mystery I think.

  5. I am glad you enjoyed this one, Carole. I haven’t read a lot of King, but I have read some of his novels–not this one though. I think the animal component has always kind of put me off of this one.