I am happy to report that to me this was not a "formula" book at all - it kept my attention and I loved it! (but maybe I am a bit strange or weird)I'm on a SK reading jag and finally read Rose Madder for the first time. I'd read he said it was one of few (or was it 2?) books written in that manner. His book On Writing gives me an inside view to his writing process and made me want to try the novels I'd passed by like Rose.
Wow, the abuse story was very powerful and had me rooting for the women and thinking of Norman as "Nearly Normal Norman" from the first.
What did you guys think of Rose Madder?