“Everyone loves something for nothing…even if it costs everything.”
There was a new shop in town. Run by a stranger.
Needful Things, the sign said. The oddest name. A name that caused some gossip and speculation among the good folks of Castle Rock, Maine, while they waited for opening day.
Eleven-year-old Brian Rusk was the first customer and he got just what he wanted, a very rare 1956 Sandy Koufax baseball card. Signed. Cyndi Rose Martin was next. A Lalique vase. A perfect match for her living room decor.
Something for everyone. Something you really had to have. And always at a price you could just about afford. The cash price that is. Because there was another price. There always is when your heart’s most secret, true desire is for sale . . .
King has done it again, masterfully crafted another tale of mystery and intrigue! So much takes place in Needful Things, it’s nigh on impossible to relay all the fantastic, and noteworthy, things that occur; so, I hope you’ll take me at my word when I say, this book is definitely worth reading! Before I picked it up, I hadn’t heard much about it, it doesn’t seem to garner the same “hype” his other books do, but it should, Needful Things is seriously underrated.
The main intrigue in this book lies in the mysterious character of Mr Gaunt. Who is this character who has set up shop in Castle Rock, how is that he manages to have the items the residents most desire, and more disturbingly, why do the residents feel a wave of revulsion the first time they shake his hand?
“Needful Things is a poison place, and Mr Gaunt is a poison man.”
But once you’ve visited the shop, set your heart on something, no matter the cost, you pay the price. And we’re not talking money, were talking morals and sanity – what on earth has gotten into the good people of Castle Rock? And what is Mr Gaunt’s end game? I just can’t get over King’s brilliant character creation in this book, and every other one of his books I’ve read; the aura of wonder he created around Mr Gaunt so early on was utterly captivating.
I’d like to take a moment, and talk about my favourite character, Netitia “Nettie” Cobb – I actually can’t say much about Nettie as I don’t want to give anything away, but, I personally feel, she needed an acknowledge in my review. When you’ve discovered the character of Nettie for yourself, come and find me, so we can talk about the levels of unexpected crazy that surround this woman!
Needful Things was an all-round pleasure to read, I love the way King writes and it gets me every time when he drops some shocking information in a super casual way. You’ll find this book in the horror section but this is one of those books that’s perfect for people who “don’t read horror”, this book is definitely more thrilling than it is scary. You just never know what adventures and wonders await you when you pick up a King book, and I looking forward to continuing my journey, discovering his books.