As a fan of the TV show Haven, I wanted to be sure I read The Colorado Kid by Stephen King which the show is said to be based upon. But before we get to that, let’s take a moment to learn a little more about the story…
Stephanie McCann is a journalism student at University of Ohio. Her summer internship brings her to Moose-Lookit Island, ME where she tags along after Vince Teague and David Bowie–two salty newsmen who’ve been running The Weekly Islander together for forty years.
Over those decades, the old guys have seen it all. With Stephanie’s help, they review a cold case involving “The Colorado Kid”—an anonymous tourist visiting the island who turned up dead in the Spring of 1980.
The Colorado Kid is classic King. He deftly weaves a charming and funny New England yarn featuring good old fashioned Island storytelling.
When I first started listening, I wasn’t sure how the book would connect to the show. While it wasn’t important for my enjoyment, the curious part of my mind was always listening to the connection. I will say the connection is loose at best, but The Colorado Kid was a great example of the way King crafts a twisted tale around a mystery.
The entire story revolves around the retelling of a mysterious appearance (and yes I mean appearance) and the subsequent investigation undertaken to discover the identity and circumstances surrounding that appearance. It’s a bit of a creepy tale that circles back upon itself in an interesting way. If you’re not a fan of the television series Haven, don’t let that stop you from picking this one up—it’s well worth the read.
Rating: 4 stars