Saturday, September 10, 2011

Full Dark, No Stars - Book Review - #2 - Big Driver

Continuing the reviews of the short stories from Stephen King's latest, Full Dark, No Stars... WARNING - SPOILERS

The second story is called Big Driver. Like a lot of King stories, this one features a writer, Tess. Tess is on he way back from a speaking engagement when she is raped and left for dead. She then seeks revenge by trying to kill her assailant.

The best thing about this story is the moment when she is seeking to kill the guy who raped her but accidentally kills his brother instead. When that was revealed my jaw hit the ground. SHE KILLED AN INNOCENT PERSON! Oh my goodness! What's she going to do! I felt kinda cheated when it was revealed that this guy wasn't innocent at all but knew about the rapes the whole time. It also didn't make a whole lot of sense. King had a chance to do something unique with this story but he threw it away.

King addresses the similarity to the recent Jodi Foster movie, The Brave One, in a clever way. He actually has Tess think about the movie and draw inspiration from it. That's an interesting way to confront readers who think, "This story is so similar to that Jodie Foster movie!" Pretty smart if you ask me but also a little odd considering King's story "Rage" was considered inspiration for the Columbine school shootings. Is this story admitting that killers can take inspiration from pop culture?

King gives this story a happy ending, but it seems a little... forced. Can you really kill three people in three different locations (with all kinds of mess-ups along the way) and get away with it? Very unlikely, I would say. But that's what Tess does. Moral of the story: Take justice in your own hands, kill an entire family, and live happily ever after.

Still a pretty good story. Kept my interest and I wanted to find out what happened next.

1LR Review: 14 out of 20- It's a hit!

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