The Gingerbread Girl

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Christine62

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We all deal with grief in our own way. I eat and watch trash tv--nothing like Hoarders to put one's life in perspective. To deal with grief, Emily takes up running for a lack of anything better to do beside eat snack cakes.

Soon running becomes a way to push away the pain to the point it breaks up her marriage. Emily moves out to her Dad's old house by the beach where she can run away from her grief in peace. Run and hide, run and hide.

But then she discovers she is not alone and a monster is after her....more run and hide...run and hide. And just when you think all is lost, Mr. King pulls a resolution right out of a 50's horror flick! I was surprised because it was very cool and it worked! Bravo Mr. King!
 

Grandpa

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I just started on this collection. I left this story before I got all the way through because, well, it's kinda unpleasant for me to read, not creepy-crawly unpleasant, but the kind of unpleasant that you see in a news story, or going through a court case file, that gets me depressed. And that would be okay, if I thought that Mr. King would provide a conclusion that made me happy. But I haven't been able to trust him to do the right thing with victims' lives since Cujo.

I'm glad I thought to go to this thread. Now that I've read what Christine says, I'll go back and finish the story.
 
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Spideyman

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I just started on these collection. I left this story before I got all the way through because, well, it's kinda unpleasant for me to read, not creepy-crawly unpleasant, but the kind of unpleasant that you see in a news story, or going through a court case file, that gets me depressed. And that would be okay, if I thought that Mr. King would provide a conclusion that made me happy. But I haven't been able to trust him to do the right thing with victims' lives since Cujo.

I'm glad I thought to go to this thread. Now that I've read what Christine says, I'll go back and finish the story.

Read on Grandpa, you will not be disappointed.
 

Christine62

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Nov 7, 2013
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I just started on this collection. I left this story before I got all the way through because, well, it's kinda unpleasant for me to read, not creepy-crawly unpleasant, but the kind of unpleasant that you see in a news story, or going through a court case file, that gets me depressed. And that would be okay, if I thought that Mr. King would provide a conclusion that made me happy. But I haven't been able to trust him to do the right thing with victims' lives since Cujo.

I'm glad I thought to go to this thread. Now that I've read what Christine says, I'll go back and finish the story.
I'm actually the same way Grandpa, and to tell you the truth, I stopped reading IT because of it, I skipped big chunks of Lisey's Story that gave me that uneasy feeling--too much of that stuff in real life.
 

CarraroeClare

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I know it sounds crazy but this story really helped me. 2008 I lost a pregnancy, a 2nd trimester baby around 20 weeks...I was heart broken. I started running too. Obsessively running. I came across this story and I couldn't believe how similar I felt to Emily... yes I know her baby had actually been born, and then died... but the experience felt so similar. The way she runs from it all, her courage to turn the grief around and keep moving forward. That was me. I just kept moving forward...I felt if I stopped I would die from grief, so the running saved my life. Luckily my husband wasn't a twat like the one in the story, and I didn't end up being preyed upon by a violent psychopath on a beach... I really loved this story. I felt less alone, If Emily can make it, so can I! I like how he writes his female characters, and this one in particular could have been about me.
 

danie

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I know it sounds crazy but this story really helped me. 2008 I lost a pregnancy, a 2nd trimester baby around 20 weeks...I was heart broken. I started running too. Obsessively running. I came across this story and I couldn't believe how similar I felt to Emily... yes I know her baby had actually been born, and then died... but the experience felt so similar. The way she runs from it all, her courage to turn the grief around and keep moving forward. That was me. I just kept moving forward...I felt if I stopped I would die from grief, so the running saved my life. Luckily my husband wasn't a twat like the one in the story, and I didn't end up being preyed upon by a violent psychopath on a beach... I really loved this story. I felt less alone, If Emily can make it, so can I! I like how he writes his female characters, and this one in particular could have been about me.
I too started running from a broken heart. Now I can't do without it. (Even though my heart's not broken anymore. :) )
 
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