The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King

Just finished reading The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King.  This is a short story and not in the usual style of SK.  In this story Trisha whilst walking in the woods with her mother and brother veers off the path (really to avoid their constant bickering) and becomes lost.

To quote the cover “The world had teeth and it could bite you with them anytime it wanted.  Trisha McFarland discovered this when she was nine years old.  Lost in the woods.  Trying not to be terrified, trying not to let herself think that sometimes when people got lost in the woods they got seriously hurt.  Sometimes they died.”

I think this is a good story well told and a very easy quick read.  Personally speaking I could have sometimes done without all the baseball references but that’s simply because I don’t know enough about the game to make them interesting for me.  But I can see that this, and Tom Gordon, who is Trisha’s hero, are her lifeline whilst she is lost in the woods.  Basically, Trisha is a likeable girl, almost ten year’s old and of the ‘keen to please’ variety.  Thankfully, once she realises that she is lost she at least manages to apply some common sense to help her survive.

This book totally draws you in as you go through all Trisha’s harsh lessons and experiences and you really feel for her as she struggles on with an ever increasing number of challenges.  Not least of all the feeling that she is being watched…

I suppose, in terms of criticisms, I think that somehow I never got the real feel for Trisha’s fear.  I think she coped amazingly well for a nine year old trapped in a huge forest with no food, water or shelter and no idea how to get back to civilisation.  But, I think that I would have been more scared than Trisha was, particularly sleeping alone in a forest – it really is pitch dark at night (I’m a bit of a wuss I suppose)!  Of course, she was trying to keep herself together and not panic but I think the story could have played a bit more on the fear she would experience especially when she begins to realise that she is being followed by some sort of creature.

In terms of the ending.  I have mixed feelings.  I think I would have been happier to keep this more of a story about Trisha’s ever increasing fear and paranoia rather than what it did eventually turn out to be.  Which isn’t to say the ending was bad and as I say it’s a very compelling read in that you want to find out what happens to Trisha and you’re willing her on.

On the whole a good story.

Rating C+

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon

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