I can totally understand why some King fans didn't care for this one. I felt so lost for a long time, but then when I started understand, wow. I really liked it. Stephen King's mind, just wow, how does he come up with this stuff. For awhile, I thought the female lead was crazy, but there's something much bigger going on. I don't know how to tell anything without taking away from reading the book for yourself. If you're a fan of his books, give this one a long try before giving up on it. You need to get well into the story before things start clicking into place. I really liked it. He does an excellent job of making the story so many things. Romance, mystery, horror, fantasy, everything is in there.