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Review: A Good Marriage

December 4, 2014

A Good Marriage

Darcy and Bob have what most people would describe as a good marriage.  They’ve been married over twenty years, have raised two great kids, and still get along great.  When Bob is out of town Darcy discovers something in the garage that makes her wonder if she ever really knew her husband.  She tries to put things back in place but it doesn’t take Bob long to figure out that she discovered his hiding place.  They come to an agreement but things will never be the same.

A Good Marriage by Stephen King is a short story that was previously featured in Full Dark, No Stars.  It’s fast paced and disturbing and will have you wondering how well you really know the people you love.  Darcy is shocked by her discovery and wonders if she can live with it.  She wants to protect her children, though, so she has to be careful.  I thought the story was engrossing and loved the tension and am happy to say it’s not as grisly as the cover would have you believe.

The audio version is on 3 CDs and lasts about 3 and a half hours.  Jessica Hecht does an outstanding job narrating A Good Marriage.  She was Darcy to me – if you enjoy audios you need to listen to this book!

Review copy provided by Simon & Schuster.   I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
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23 Comments leave one →
  1. December 4, 2014 4:44 am

    You’ve got me intrigued and wondering what the dark secret is!

  2. Diane permalink
    December 4, 2014 6:32 am

    I enjoyed th one Kathy.

  3. techeditor permalink
    December 4, 2014 7:26 am

    I read this as part of FULL DARK, NO STARS. King calls A GOOD MARRIAGE a novella.

    I liked this story partly because it contains no horror or supernatural elements. I gave it four out of five stars.

  4. December 4, 2014 7:45 am

    Well this certainly sounds intriguing.

  5. December 4, 2014 10:13 am

    I have always avoided short stories as well as books of essays and short stories. But I just got Single, Carefree, Mellow, by Katherine Heiny, from Alfred A. Knopf. I’m pretty sure I didn’t order it. But maybe I’ll give it a try. Good timing on your blog.

  6. December 4, 2014 10:44 am

    Yes, it was a stunning story…and made me feel a little wary of everyone! LOL

  7. December 4, 2014 11:01 am

    I’m currently reading Full Dark No Stars. I haven’t gotten to this story yet but am excited to finally read it.

    Glad to know you liked it so much!

  8. December 4, 2014 11:04 am

    That same reader also did King’s Big Driver. She was very good.

  9. December 4, 2014 11:37 am

    Of course I’m dying of curiosity now, what’s the secret in the garage… but it sounds kind of disturbing, too. Glad to know it’s not gruesome- maybe I’ll give this one a try.

  10. December 4, 2014 11:47 am

    I’m dying of curiosity now! I’ll have to read/listen to the book.

  11. December 4, 2014 11:56 am

    I’m adding this to my audio wish list!

  12. Patty permalink
    December 4, 2014 12:21 pm

    Now I am absolutely going crazy trying to figure out what she finds!

  13. December 4, 2014 2:30 pm

    this is also on my wish list

  14. December 4, 2014 4:33 pm

    I have this in ebook format but now I want to get it in audio!

  15. December 4, 2014 8:46 pm

    Humm so I take it this isn’t scary

  16. December 4, 2014 9:51 pm

    I want to listen to this one too!

  17. December 4, 2014 10:27 pm

    The cover is certainly misleading then….

  18. December 4, 2014 10:30 pm

    This would be perfect for the car!

  19. December 5, 2014 3:50 pm

    I’m glad you enjoyed this, Kathy! This would be a good story to listen to.

  20. December 6, 2014 1:40 am

    Thanks for the tip- this does sound good! I’ll keep an eye out for the audio.

  21. December 7, 2014 12:32 pm

    Intriguing description of this story. I’d like to check out the collection. I read one tale this year by King, called “N.”, in which you question whether the character is experiencing symptoms of OCD or is really doing what rituals he can to prevent the entrance of a demon into the world. King likes to play with the troubled psyche and not just the supernatural (or he mixes both).

  22. December 7, 2014 10:09 pm

    Adding it to my audio wishlist. If my library doesn’t get it soon, I may have to read the novella in print instead. Kind of hoping for the audio, though, since you make it sound so good!

  23. December 12, 2014 7:33 pm

    This was good, creepy and short! 🙂

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