Very unusual book - no plot, no mystery, lousy reader, and so on. If you want to waste some time, rent this book. In other words, it stunk!!
i enjoyed this book but it is definitely not the horror/thriller/exciting novel you might expect- if you read the one about the lost kid and baseball, can't remember the name of it- you would like this one. this is about the nature of mystery, it doesn't have the typical murder whodunit outline. i enjoyed the characters and i think i expected the way it ended because it had to end the way it did or the book lost its meaning. if you're looking for thrills, this isn't it- if you enjoy king's contemplative side, you'll like it. i don't think he has lost his touch, like the other reviewer says- he is just applying a different brush to a different type of story.
don't read this novel. There's no ending, happy or otherwise. I felt robbed.
To paraphrase Steven King: You were not an idiot to spend 6 years trying to solve the mysteries presented to you. The proof of a good mystery is the compulsion it creates to find the solution. It is not the solution itself. The search itself was the reward. Being just a short book with only one mystery and a handfull of characters, this wasn't nearly as much fun, but not nearly as frustrating either.