Book Review: Cujo by Stephen King

Can you even say you’re a fan of Halloween if you don’t read at least one Stephen King book in October?

Book Description

Once upon a time, not so long ago, a monster came to the small town of Castle Rock, Maine

Cujo is a huge Saint Bernard dog, the best friend Brett Camber has ever had. Then one day Cujo chases a rabbit into a bolt-hole. Except it isn’t a rabbit warren anymore.

And Cujo falls sick. Very sick. And the gentle giant who once protected the family becomes a vortex of horror inexorably drawing in all the people around him . . .

My Thoughts

Let’s get right to it – King loves a backstory! You’ll know the ins and outs, secrets and lies, of almost every character in this novel. For some, this can be tiresome, but for others [like me], it adds to the story – it allows you to create a full vivid picture, you’re reading a book but able to watch events play out in your mind at the same time. The characters have depth and you view them as real people, you’re fully invested in their survival.

Let me rewind – Cujo is a story of suspense, not scary or creepy, but a story of determination, of a fight for survival. The build-up to the main event is slow, but necessary to have you invested in what may or may not happen. You meet the characters, decide who you want to root for and who deserves a gruesome death.

What’s impressive about this novel is how much of it takes place in one location, and in that one location, King’s story telling is at its most intense, that your will for a specific outcome is at its strongest.

A bit graphic in places, but overall, this would be an ideal novel for those who want to read King but don’t want horror so intense they can’t sleep at night. This novel will have you questioning if you could survive Cujo.

But wait, what about the specific characters, what is the setting, why so sparse on detail? Because, my friends, as with all King’s books, you need to experience it for yourself. I’ll often shorten a blurb to avoid giving anything away because sometimes it’s best to venture in blind. Once Cujo sets his sights on you – it’s a fight to the death!

This book is available to buy from Amazon UK / Book Depository

6 thoughts on “Book Review: Cujo by Stephen King

  1. Great review! Cujo is one of my favourite Stephen King books. It’s relatively short in comparison to other novels of his, but it packs one hell of a punch. Is it weird that I actually feel sorry for Cujo? He was such a good boy before he became, you know, all rabid and murderous 😭

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  2. Oooft! I’m totally on board with Stephen King’s books, but this is the one that I could NEVER bring myself to read. I’m a huge dog-lover, and just knowing even the basics of the premise gives me the shivers. It sounds like he’s stayed true to form in it, though! 😉

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