Book Review: The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King
The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King
The Wind Through the Keyhole is a standalone volume linked to the ‘Dark Tower’ series that Stephen King started writing thirty years ago. If you have read the series you will want to get this new novel immediately to discover what happened between volumes IV and V – but if you haven’t read the other books in the series, don’t despair. Stephen King has very cleverly written this book so you can read it on its own. The Wind Through the Keyhole is a story within a story, within a story. A group of travellers led by old gunslinger Roland take refuge from a fierce storm. To kill some time, Roland tells his friends a story from when he was a young gunslinger and sent out on his first mission to hunt down a shape shifter who was murdering people in a nearby town. The sole survivor of the most recent spate of killings is a young boy named Bill. The boy is understandably terrified that the monster is going to come back and kill him, so Ronald tells another story ‘The Wind Through the Keyhole’ a quest-like tale of another young boy that his mother used to read to him as a bedside story to calm him. This is extremely clever writing and Stephen King manages to make all three stories completely compelling. Stephen King is a masterful writer at the top of his game. In this epic, fantasy adventure the characters are memorable, the atmosphere of the novel is at times a little spooky and the storm that rips through the pages is viciously intense, but it is a compelling read.