Louis is a doctor starting a new job in a new town, so naturally he must find a new house for his family to call home. It is a beautiful home surrounded by a gorgeous wooded area and an elderly couple across the street that quickly befriends the family. What Louis does not know is that behind his home, surrounded by those gorgeous trees, is a pet cemetery. What he also does not know is that there is something even creepier beyond that. He has been warned not to wander into the beyond, but his friendly neighbor disagrees from the bottom of his heart. That's when the real trouble begins to grow.
I *think* I first read this book when I was in high school It could have been college. Either way, it was a long time ago and the story was one that stuck with me. Nothing really came as a surprise. I found myself knowing what was to come next. All these years (and two children) later, it really did not help in certain circumstances. I found myself dreading certain scenes approaching. I read one night before bed and experienced weird -- not scary, but bizarre and disturbing -- dreams. King himself claims to believe that this is the book that scares him the most. In his words . . .
"When I'm asked (as I frequently am) what I consider to be the most frightening book I've ever written, the answer I give comes easily and with no hesitation: Pet Sematary . . . All I know is that Pet Sematary is the one I put away in a drawer, thinking I had finally gone too far."
When I first read this book, I would not have agreed with this statement. Now, I am more likely to and I believe it comes down to my motherly ways. It was more disturbing and heavy this time around. Was it still good? Yes. It is King at his usual fineness. That I can guarantee you. In short, it is disturbing, but good. If you decide to read it, just be forewarned!
Have you read Pet Sematary before? How about re-read it? Did your thoughts change like mine did?