The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon By: Stephen King
First, let it be known that I am a very bias fanatic of Stephen King. I’ll never forget the first time I read The Shining when I was eleven (yes, eleven. I know, I was weird). It was by far the scariest thing I’d ever read/imagined/heard of/saw! It gave me nightmares for weeks! As I grew up, my Sci-fi fanatic mother and I watched countless Stephen King movies (Cujo, The Shining, IT, Rose Red, Carrie, etc.) and I would read the books to continue scaring myself. (I don’t really know why I do this) In college, more specifically now, I’ve ventured out from the books turned movies and turned instead the books I haven’t read or seen on film.
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon was fantastic! King tells the story of a young girl named Trisha who gets lost on a hike on the Appalachian Trail. While it may sound boring, imagine the horror of never knowing if you’ll make it home? King really brought home the suspense and fear that I absolutely loved from his previous novels. Rather than something supernatural or even evil, King terrifies you with a natural force: the woods. At the end of the novel, King leaves a note with a quote that really sums up the true fear he implements throughout the novel:
“The Woods themselves are real. If you should visit them on your vacation, bring a compass, bring good maps…and try to stay on the path.”
Have you read this book? What did you think?