The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King - Book review

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King - Book review

The forest is no place to get lost, especially if you’re a 9-year-old girl. But when Trisha falls back from her mother and brother’s non-stop arguing during a family hike, she unknowingly takes a wrong turn, sending her on a path deeper into the wilderness. When daylight begins fading, she soon realizes that help isn’t coming and she’s stranded alone. 

With limited supplies and her sanity starting to fray, Trisha begins to see things that shouldn’t be there. Lost in a maze that seems to consume her, this 9-year-old is about to discover why it’s never safe to wander off alone.

Driven by her survival instincts, and time running out, Trisha begins a desperate push to escape the forest, before the forest takes her forever.

Book Details

Title: The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
Format: Paperback
Author: Stephen King
Language : English
Publisher : Gallery Books
ISBN: 1501192280

I found this tale quite an enjoyable read but not for anything I’m used to finding when opening a King novel. There’s no real gore here, no buckets of blood or scary ghosts. What I did find though, was a story about the emotional horror one must feel when losing hope. 

I could imagine getting lost as a young child, because I took was lost when I was Trisha’s age. It brought back a lot of memories which may be why the story touched me. But it’s told in that unique way that instantly grabs you, wanting you to feel the story rather than simply read it. And that’s what really works here, the feeling of the tale, the feeling of the fear and the tension.

Although it’s significantly shorter than most of his other standalone books, it still works, finishing what it sets out to accomplish. The story took me on a journey into my own mind, letting me feel the terror of losing myself in the wilderness all over again.

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