Bag of Bones
is a 1998 novel by Stephen King
. It won the British Fantasy Award in 1999.
The narrator, Mike Noonan, an author living in Derry, Maine
, suffers from severe writer's block after the death of his wife, Johanna (called Jo), from an undiagnosed brain aneurysm
, as well as the death of his unborn child. Fortunately, Mike has four unpublished manuscripts that will hide his problems for a time.
Four years after Jo's death, Mike begins to experience nightmares set at his summer house in TR-90, an unregistered township in Maine. He decides to confront his fears and moves to the house, known to locals as Sara Laughs
. Mike finds Kyra, a young girl, walking down the road on her own. He brings her back to safety and her mother, 21-year-old Mattie Devore.
Mike learns from his caretaker Bill that Mattie's father-in-law is Max Devore, an elderly rich man who will do anything to gain custody of his granddaughter. Kyra's father, Lance, has died. Max learns of Mike and threatens him over the situation. Mike hires John Storrow, a custody lawyer, for Mattie. Invited to dinner, Mike gets to know Mattie and Kyra, and learns more about their situation. In passing, Mattie repeats a remark once made to her by Max Devore, implying that the two men's great-grandfathers were associates. Mike is puzzled by this, since his family came from points quite distant from TR-90.
Max manages to drag Mike into the custody battle by forcing... Read More