The Green Mile by Stephen King

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

This was my first novel by Stephen King, and I’m hooked. I usually read less horror and mystery Genre mostly because the story becomes too predictable after a point. But ‘The Green Mile’ was different. It wasn’t about the story as much as it was about the characters. I am heartbroken and wrecked, but it’s justified.

The story of Green Mile starts with a character named Paul Edgecomb, who is head in charge of an execution cell. The story is set in 1932 when the criminals to whom the death warrant was issued were executed by electrocution. Paul and other guards carry out the execution process. It has been a tiring process for everyone at the execution cell to electrocute so many people. Paul has decided to retire, and before his retirement, his life is changed forever.

Two twin girls have been raped, and a guy with a huge physique is found holding the blood-covered dead bodies of the girls. His name is John Coffey. John Coffey is charged with the death penalty and is brought in the execution cell. Paul meets him in the cell and is taken aback by him. John Coffey is not like any of the prisoners he has electrocuted in his entire career. He is different.

The characters of the book are so strongly developed. Their personality is not just explained to the reader, but enacted in our minds by various plots. There’s a story about the mouse on the mile. Which is so skillfully written that even the mouse is a part of the narrative and helps the other character to reveal their personalities around him. With such brilliant writing and characters, you are bound to fall in love with the book.

I’m looking forward to reading more of Stephen King’s novels. I have heard so many good things about the other books, and now that I have a start at his books, I intend to keep reading more.

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