A Good Marriage by Stephen King

October 4th, 2014 Kimberly Review 58 Comments

4th Oct
A Good Marriage by Stephen King
A Good Marriage
by Stephen King
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Narrator: Jessica Hecht
Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
Genres: Horror
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Kristen Connelly, Joan Allen, and Anthony La Paglia, Stephen King’s short story, “A Good Marriage” from Full Dark, No Stars is now available as a stand-alone audio edition! Bob Anderson, Darcy’s husband of more than twenty years, is away on one of his business trips, when his unsuspecting wife looks for batteries in the garage. Her toe knocks up against a box under a worktable and she discovers she doesn’t know her husband at all, but rather has been living with a stranger. This horrifying discovery, rendered with bristling intensity, could be the end of what Darcy though was a good marriage…

I was excited to obtain a copy of the audio version of A Good Marriage by Stephen King. The story originally published in the anthology Full Dark, No Stars. It is being released as a standalone in preparation for the motion picture release. A Good Marriage was dark and suspenseful. It will leave the reader asking, “How well do I know my significant other?’’

At around three hours in length, A Good Marriage is the perfect fall listen. I can assure you that if you grab the ear-buds it will make the task of raking leaves an easy accomplishment. I ended up listening to this while cleaning my home, and found myself frequently sitting as the tension increased.

Bob and Darcy Anderson have been married for almost twenty-six years. He is a traveling executive, and she stayed home to raise their two children. Their lives scream suburbia, from the cars they drive to the community Cub Scout events. While Bob is away on one of his business trips, Darcy accidently stubs her toe on a box beneath Bob’s workbench. When straightening it, she makes a shockingly, horrifying discovery.

As Darcy begins to uncover the truth, she suffers from a mixture of emotions. On one hand she is horrified and on the other hand she is worried about what this will mean for the children and herself. When Bob returns and discovers, she knows his secret the tale becomes intense. It was chilling, and totally creep-tastic like only King can deliver. Darcy’s inner thoughts as she struggles with her new found discovery-brilliant. Facing her husband while determining what to do, kept me enthralled as King spun this mind boggling tale. King brought both of these characters to life, exposing their flaws making them feel very real. They could be your next door neighbors. Or maybe Darcy is the lady who sat next to you at the last PTA meeting. Perhaps the gentleman who held the door open for you at church on Sunday shares Bob’s secret. *shivers*

Jesscia Hecht was the reader for this tale, and I though her tones and slow breaths added to the overall suspense.

Fans of Stephen King and suspenseful horror stories will enjoy A Good Marriage.

About Stephen King

Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. He made his first professional short story sale in 1967 to Startling Mystery Stories. In the fall of 1973, he began teaching high school English classes at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels. In the spring of 1973, Doubleday & Co., accepted the novel Carrie for publication, providing him the means to leave teaching and write full-time. He has since published over 50 books and has become one of the world’s most successful writers. Stephen lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. They are regular contributors to a number of charities including many libraries and have been honored locally for their philanthropic activities.

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58 Responses to “A Good Marriage by Stephen King”

  1. Celine

    I can’t wait for the movie! And the audiobook sounds lovely as well (: I saw an interview with King the other day, hearing him talk about the story made me really excited for it

    Celine recently posted: Epic Recs: October 2014
    • kimbacaffeinate

      I saw that interview and enjoyed it. The movie should be fantastic

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Well there ya go another reason to love him. Go Phillies!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It is scary..but it a suspenseful kind of way, reminds me of Lamb to the Slaughter.

  2. Rita

    I would like to read Full Dark No Stars from which this short came from. I’ve heard good things about it and it fits well with the season.

    I have a love-hate relationship with Mr. King, speaking only of books. Stephen King the author I respect the heck out of. Some of his books I really enjoyed but many others were “too far out there” for me or just plain gory. Like Goldilocks, some are too weird, some are too gross, and some are just right 🙂 Thanks.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I get that, I have enjoyed all of his books, but some stand out for me, and other were ok.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This is a wonderful listen, and you can clean your whole house and make it enjoyable!

  3. Lily

    I wasn’t aware that this short story was being made into a movie. I remember reading it a while back (I’m a huge Stephen King reader” in another book and getting really spooked by jt. Totally creepy. Lovely review 🙂

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Hehe..yes, you will find activities to justify listening!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Well enjoy. I have the collection on my wishlist but haven’t picked it up yet.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Enjoy Valerie, he is one of my favorites in this genre

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This feels very much like his old ones…in his collections.

  4. Felicia the Geeky Blogger

    I am finally getting around to it this week (hopefully) 🙂 I am in the mood for scary!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It is wonderful, not necessary scary, but one of those that is suspenseful.

  5. B. Jangles

    Oh, I’ve read it a long time ago! I am so excited to watch the movie (it is on my Halloween movies list).

  6. Tyler H Jolley

    I actually read Full Dark No Stars years ago. I loved this novella. The story is horrific, but so real. It’s one of the many reason I love his work.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      For some reason my hubby failed to buy me the collection *eyes hubby watching Flyers game* It felt old school, and I am delighted to be able to listen to them Tyler 🙂

  7. Jamie

    Great review! I read Full Dark No Stars when it first came out and it is what made me fall in love with King! In the review you mentioned how Bob and Darcy felt so real, and I felt that I should point out that King took inspiration from a real serial killer, the BTK Killer, and his wife. King wrote about it in the afterword. Apparently the poor woman was criticized as having had to have known her husband’s secret, that they couldn’t have been married that long without her knowing. So he tried to imagine what it would be like, King is really brilliant!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I did read about his inspiration, and remember watching a documentary about the BTK Killer, thanks for sharing. I am so glad you love King.