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I’m sure that like many people, the reason that I chose to read this book is because the TV show “Haven” is [rather loosely] based on the book. Also, it’s been a while since I have read any Stephen King. Haven is a pretty decent TV show, and as with most things I’m pretty late to the game as I’m only at the end of series 2.

[I have no idea how this image relates to the novel AT ALL].

On an island off the coast of Maine, a man is found dead. There’s no identification on the body. Only the dogged work of a pair of local newspapermen and a graduate student in forensics turns up any clues.

But that’s just the beginning of the mystery. Because the more they learn about the man and the baffling circumstances of his death, the less they understand. Was it an impossible crime? Or something stranger still…?

The synopsis is a fairly accurate description of what this book is about. It’s a very short story telling of a dead man on a beach in Maine, and the mystery of his identity, and of how he got to be there in the first place. There are just three main characters, Dave, Vince and Steffi, and it’s Dave and Vince telling the story of the dead man and why it’s such a mystery – and mystery that can’t/won’t be sold to a bigger news corporation/broadsheet because Dave and Vince say that they wouldn’t tell the whole mystery as there are too many variables… or something like that.

In all it was a great short story, and even though it’s something that seems to have divided readers, I liked the fact that the story didn’t have a revelation or the grand “whodunit” – I liked that, just in the premise of the book, there wasn’t some grand reveal and something that tied the whole story together in a neat little bow that explained absolutely everything – reflecting real life more than anything – perhaps that’s why people don’t relate to it or something?

I liked that I could relate Vince and Dave back to the TV show as well – and some of the places mentioned, like the Grey Gull for instance.

This is a really quick read – literally took me a few hours to get through, so if you have time time to spare and can actually get hold of the book, give it a read!