The opening chapter does not pull any punches and immediately throws some gore and a shiver up your spine. We get further hits of this through the antagonist Starks point of view scattered throughout the novel, his actions are truly grotesque... I wanted to cover my eyes until it was over – but of course you can't do that if you're reading a book. I found the cast interesting, fully developed and added something unique to the story line, ultimately rounding it in some realism. Though the plot itself did fell drawn out a little too long, the journey there was paced well and held my interest. Stephen King's writing style is prominent, though more intimate than his earlier works. For a novel nearly 600 pages long, I seemed to fly through it. I was a little disappointed in the mythology of the novel – I'd read about the significance of sparrows before in Trent Jamison's Deathworks novels, so this aspect was not a huge surprise to me; though Thad's role felt like it was left hanging. Why had this event taken place in the first instance? Does Thad have some sort of ability? Was it Stark all along, clawing his way back from some dark place? I felt like I was wanting more resolution to this, or even a paragraph explaining why, but we didn't get an answer. It could have been a tad shorter, a tad more intense, and ended with more of an exclamation point, but a novel I'd be happy to recommend to all. I'd have to rank it in the top half of my King favourites.