It took a while for this one to reel me in. Ironically, the lack of the classic King format of first acts so powerful that the ending can't help but be a let down is what created the problem. I'm used to being pulled in quickly and then let down bit by bit. The only reason I keep at it is that the openings are so good that I don't mind and even expect the weak endings. This one, on the other hand, got better as it kept going. I ended up enjoying it. A nice tale that felt a little odd coming from King, but enjoyable nonetheless.