Review: Pet Sematary by Stephen King

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Hi guys, welcome! Today I am going to review Pet Sematary by Stephen King.

Pet Sematary By Stephen King

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Published on: 14/11/1983

Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5


The house looks right, feels right to Dr Louis Creed. Rambling, old and comfortable. A place where the family can settle; the children grow and play and explore. The rolling hills and meadows of Maine seem a world away from the fume-choked dangers of the city.
It’s only those big trucks on the road outside which growl out unnerving threats.
Behind the house there’s a carefully cleared path up into the woods to a place where generations of local children have walked in procession with the solemn innocence of the young, taking with them their dear departed pets for burial.
A sad place maybe, but safe. Surely a safe place. Not a place to seep into your dreams, to wake you, sweating with fear and foreboding.


I can actually describe what I felt about this book in one line: I just loved it. Now lets get into the review.

I had wanted to read a Stephen King book for ages. First I thought I will read IT because I have heard great things about the movie IT from my friends who have seen it. But then I discovered that IT was more than 1000 pages long, Oh my god that is way too much for me. So I started looking for other Stephen King books which were not that long and then I stumbled up on this one. I actually rejected this book first because after reading the blurb I thought I already know what was going to happen in the book, but I decided to read it anyway.

The story of the Pet Sematary turned to be totally different from what I had expected from the synopsis given above. Seriously before reading the book I never could have expected the story to turn out the way it did.

Pet Sematary has a sense of suspense all throughout, and that suspense only breaks to give you spine chilling moments. There are enough of these moments throughout the book to keep that sense of suspense alive. Even when the book gets slow, when nothing is happening, I still felt that suspense. And this suspense kept me at the edge of my seat throughout.

Pet Sematary is divided into 3 parts. There were numerous chilling moments all through the novel, but the last part was the most chilling part of the book. In those short no. of pages, Stephen King has shocked me and scared me so many times, I am sure going to get nightmares for days. But I guess I am going to get nightmares about the whole book really because there were just so many terrifying moments. The way Stephen King had described these moments, they have made a lasting impression and I don’t think I am going to get rid of them anytime soon.

Now lets talk about that 0.5 that I deducted. I just had one unanswered question. This question is about an event that happens near the end. This event has no real explanation and I think Stephen King wanted it that way but still I would have liked an explanation, so I am going to go ahead and deduct that 0.5 for this. Mentioning this event can be called a spoiler so I am not going to tell you about it here but I really want to know your interpretation for it, if you are someone who has read this book. So I am going to mention that event under Unanswered Question below, please do tell me what is your interpretation for this event.

Do I recommend this book?


*spoiler* Unanswered Question *spoiler*

Why did Louis Creed’s hair turn white and his face turned into that of an old man at the end of the book?

Have you read Pet Sematary? Did you like it?


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