Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Genres: Horror, Fantasy, Fiction
Publication Date: 8th May 2018
Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):
“All around the world, something is happening to women when they fall asleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed, the women become feral and spectacularly violent…
In the small town of Dooling, West Virginia, the virus is spreading through a women’s prison, affecting all the inmates except one. Soon, word spreads about the mysterious Evie, who seems able to sleep – and wake. Is she a medical anomaly or a demon to be slain?
The abandoned men, left to their increasingly primal devices, are fighting each other, while Dooling’s Sheriff, Lila Norcross, is just fighting to stay awake.
And the sleeping women are about to open their eyes to a new world altogether.“
My Thoughts & Review
I’m a big Stephen King fan, but some of his books can be a little hit and miss. Sleeping Beauties was one of those books. I was drawn to this book by the intriguing premises. Women falling asleep in cocoons, who can’t be woken up and if the cocoons are forced open the women awaken in a rage and end up killing those closest to them. Sounds good right?? Well guess what I struggled with this one, well I struggled to read it physically anyway. I ended up swapping it to the audiobook and made it through to the end.
There are lots of complex characters in this book but because of the amount of characters I couldn’t quite follow them and they sort of all felt the same by the time I got my head around them all.
The book felt a little too long for what King offered. It was a book that was easy to put down but a little more difficult to pick up.
Even with the difficulties I found with this book I’m not prepared to write it totally off and once you get past all the negatives the story itself was interesting enough for me to stick with me giving it a solid 3 out of 5.
This is definitely one of whose books you’ll either love or not.
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