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Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar (2017)

Review by CJ

Page count:
175

ISBN:
978-1-473-67209-3

 

In the summer of 1974, Gwendy Peterson is twelve years old. Every day, she runs herself breathless to the top of Castle View’s ‘Suicide Stairs’. One day after this journey, she is greeted by a man with a special plan for Gwendy — one that will change her young life forever.

Gwendy’s Button Box is a brilliant novella both in the technical aspect of it and in terms of the plot. The plot moves quickly and remains engaging throughout. It is delightfully reminiscent of an episode of The Twilight Zone or similar, but without the cliffhanger ending that concluded most episodes of those shows.

Gwendy is an amicable and likeable character whose flaws and mistakes make her feel like a real person. The peripheral characters are just that, well written in such a way that you know they are there and you can see their form, but the spotlight remains on Gwendy and her button box.

All in all, Gwendy’s Button Box is an enjoyable read that is perfect for an evening read in your favourite comfy spot. Highly recommended for fans of twisted stories that make you consider what you would do in the same circumstances.

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