Bag of Bones - Stephen King

Bag of Bones

By Stephen King

  • Release Date: 1999-04-06
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 482 Ratings


From international bestseller Stephen King, a tale of grief, of love’s enduring bonds, and the haunting secrets of the past—the inspiration for the A&E miniseries.

Stephen King’s most gripping and unforgettable novel, Bag of Bones, is a story of grief and a lost love’s enduring bonds, of a new love haunted by the secrets of the past, of an innocent child caught in a terrible crossfire.

Set in the Maine territory King has made mythic, Bag of Bones recounts the plight of forty-year-old bestselling novelist Mike Noonan, who is unable to stop grieving even four years after the sudden death of his wife, Jo, and who can no longer bear to face the blank screen of his word processor.

Now his nights are plagued by vivid nightmares of the house by the lake. Despite these dreams, or perhaps because of them, Mike finally returns to Sara Laughs, the Noonans’ isolated summer home.

He finds his beloved Yankee town familiar on its surface, but much changed underneath—held in the grip of a powerful millionaire, Max Devore, who twists the very fabric of the community to his purpose: to take his three-year-old granddaughter away from her widowed young mother.

As Mike is drawn into their struggle as he falls in love with both of them, he is also drawn into the mystery of Sara Laughs, now the site of ghostly visitations, ever-escalating nightmares, and the sudden recovery of his writing ability. What are the forces that have been unleashed here—and what do they want of Mike Noonan?

As vivid and enthralling as King’s most enduring works, Bag of Bones resonates with what Amy Tan calls “the witty and obsessive voice of King’s powerful imagination.” It’s no secret that King is our most mesmerizing storyteller. In Bag of Bones—described by Gloria Naylor as “a love story about the dark places within us all”—he proves to be one of our most moving.


  • Wow

    By JustShopping
    The story was a tad slow but man the ending...THE ENDING!! And the story The Cat From Hell was even better!
  • Best king novel

    By bookreader1986
    Absolutely loved it.
  • Excellent Read

    By EvnanBradenton
    Stephen King is so much more sophisticated in his writing than Dean Koontz. I just read Odd Thomas and regretted buying it. I always go back to King.. This is another great story. Buy it.
  • Nope...

    By split80
    Major miss in my opinion. My least favorite King novel. Story story story that went no where zzzzz, and then a ghost at the end. Rushed and abrupt finish leaving lots of questions. What did I read all that for? Sorry Stephen.
  • Bag of Bones

    By kn94chevy
    S.K. called this a haunted love story. It's also about an author in which King delights us with his insight. There's a lot of great quotes here that I really enjoyed. This story takes awhile to get going but trust me, keep reading! I throughly enjoyed this novel and highly recommend it. After all were all just a bag of bones.
  • Great Read

    By It's me...SCMF
    One of SK's best. Read it.
  • AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!

    By brojulie
    I am new to audio books but love to read. I could not stop listening. It put me into THE ZONE and I missed my turn off while listening to it in my car ......missed it by 6 miles!!!!!
  • My favorite King Novel!

    By cjgrey
    The best of the best.
  • all time favorite

    By Carimatt
    I have read and listened to this book when it was first released. I own the hard and soft copy. For whatever reason this story has touched me. I feel like I was there in the amazing way King details just enough for your imagination to run! Bravo!
  • Could NOT put it down!!!

    By Houseofangryaddicts:)
    As always Stephen King keeps us wanting more! Thrilling and full of suspense! LOVED it!!!