Big Driver by Stephen King
Before I sunk my teeth into BIG DRIVER- I was talking to a Goodreads friend... and she warned me that this may not be the short story for me. I assured her I would go into it forewarned- I do love when a woman gets revenge on a man that is deserving of it.
This book ticked that box for me...but that was the only box it ticked. It started out much stronger than its finish...and in between was kind of hard to take.
Tess Thorne makes a comfortable living writing cozy mysteries- but sometimes a woman cant live on cozy mysteries alone- and a speaking engagement or two is needed. So Tess is delighted when Ramona Norville- a librarian in Chicopee, Massachusetts- gives her a call to do just that.
On her way home- Tess hits a bump in the road...literally, and as luck would have it- a trucker arrives on the scene to come to her aid in no time at all...
...but all luck unfortunately isnt good luck..and soon Tess is fighting for her life.
...and when her ordeal is done- Tess has a decision to make- is she going to be the victim?
...Or is he?
BIG DRIVER is a short story in the anthology FULL DARK, NO STARS- I bought it as an e-book single. Was it worth picking up?? Yes, I am glad I read it. Was it an enjoyable read???...abso-F!#$%-lutely NOT.
Sign in. Driving home along a generally unused country road following a speaking engagement, famed mystery novelist Tess Thorne experiences a flat tire on her car. She accepts the help of who she believes is a good Samaritan who stops to help her, but who instead rapes her, leaving her submerged in shallow water in a drainage pipe as dead. She found out that he actually orchestrated her getting the flat tire just moments before the rape. Alive, she, in shock, is able to make her way home, but she does not go to the hospital, dealing with her wounds herself, does not call the police, or tell any of her friends or acquaintances how she sustained her obvious injuries.
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Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis! Grammy nominee Joan Jett! A huge but kindly looking fellow Will Harris conveniently comes along, at first offering assistance. Directed by Mikael Salomon from an adaptation by Richard Christian Matheson, these scenes, while disturbing, are probably no more graphic than they have to be, given the context. Instead, she grabs a gun out of the closet and begins plotting payback, receiving counseling from one of her imaginary characters, played by Dukakis. Yet if the idea of a mystery writer using those wiles to track down villains has potential, as constructed here, it amounts to little more than a Google search and connecting a few rather obvious dots.
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Tess Thorne, a successful crime-mystery writer, is invited to a library in upstate Massachusetts for a meet-and-greet with fans, but is scared of flying so drives to engagements even long distances away. After the event, Ramona, the organizer, suggests a quicker route home for Tess. However, it takes her via a remote rural location where her car runs over nail-studded planks lying across the road, puncturing her tire. It happens by an abandoned gas station and, having no signal for her cell phone, Tess hopes that someone will stop to help. A man in a pickup stops and offers to assist. At first he seems eager to help, but soon turns nasty. He hits her, then brutally rapes and beats her, before choking her into unconsciousness.
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