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A beautiful photographer is driving home one night when a car swerves past her and kills two pedestrians. Although she escapes the accident without harm, she has trouble shaking off the after effects...and comes to unsettling crossroads in her life. Soon she marries a local hockey star whose raucous lifestyle leads to a divorce. Then a scheming local cop, who has pursued hA beautiful photographer is driving home one night when a car swerves past her and kills two pedestrians. Although she escapes the accident without harm, she has trouble shaking off the after effects...and comes to unsettling crossroads in her life. Soon she marries a local hockey star whose raucous lifestyle leads to a divorce. Then a scheming local cop, who has pursued her since the accident, takes advantage of her, and she marries again...and fails into a near-fatal mistake!...

Title : Survivor
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ISBN : 9780451190901
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 496 Pages
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Survivor Reviews

  • Laura
    2019-05-18 16:25

    My one and only, true, one-star book according to the Goodreads rating system. I had found this marked down in a drug store bin back when you could buy books in a drug store.So horrible I threw it under my bed, unfinished, and there it sat until I finished school and moved out of my parents' house to live on my own. I've been terrified to try any other Tabitha King book since.

  • Cody | codysbookshelf
    2019-05-28 17:24

    What happened to Tabitha King? Specifically, what happened to Tabitha King between 1988 and 1993? 1988 saw the publication of Pearl, Stephen King's wife's fourth novel and (in my opinion) her crowning achievement. A sublime meditation on small-town life and personal achievement, I finished that book in two days with tears in my eyes and a new sense of optimism about my fellow friends and neighbors. It was one of those books -- the kind that sticks with you forever. That's not to say the books that came before that one weren't good -- quite the opposite, in fact. Small World, while obviously a debut novel, is a fun and imaginative sci-fi tale with two very memorable main characters. Caretakers, King's second novel, fully shows her growth and maturation as a writer. The Trap is perhaps the closest Tabby King comes to actual "horror" (for some reason, most folks assume Mrs. King writes scary stories because of who her spouse is), but it is her own thing. However... after 1988, Mrs. King took a 5-year hiatus from writing. I don't know why -- maybe she just wasn't feeling inspired at the time. Maybe she lost her confidence from being in the shadows of her husband. Both of these reasons are completely valid. I'm not sure if either of those reasons are why she stopped writing for so long, but whatever the cause... she changed in those years. 1993's One On One, the closest King comes to young adult fiction, introduced a few things that would plague all of her work throughout the '90s -- namely uninteresting/idiotic male characters, insanely emotional/irrational female characters, and an utter fixation on sex. Seriously -- there is a reference to it (usually as crude and indiscreet as possible) on almost every page, if not every page, in One On One, The Book of Reuben, and Survivor. If her characters ain't throwing dishes or beating each other, they're hitting the sheets and wondering why sex (usually unprotected and as nasty as possible) is causing so many problems... so, naturally, the only solution is more sex. The sex is usually followed by verbal abuse, one of the two leaving, then coming back, rinse and repeat for 400 pages. Seriously, folks. I am not exaggerating.Now, I am, by no means, a prude. I am a 19 years old college guy. I like to think of myself as a very open-minded, non-prudey fellow who doesn't mind sex in literature at all... if it's written well and/or has a point. Tabitha King's characters constantly use sex to get revenge on one another, to scorn other lovers (because literally everybody in her books has affairs), et cetera. It gets tiresome, and that's why it took me so long to read this book. I got tired of the abuse and maliciousness of these horrible people King has created. And yes, I get it -- there are real people out there like this. People use sex for power all of the time. People are hurtful and mean, and sadly... Tabby has probably painted a portrait of some actual folks in the world. However, I -- personally -- don't enjoy reading about people who have no real problems constantly creating problems for themselves and then wondering why they have problems. That's that ish I don't like.On the flip-side, there are some things I really did like about this story. I liked Kissy's strong nature, and I absolutely loved Tabby's prose. Tabitha King could author a book of poetry and I'd buy that sucker in a flash. The first 100 or so pages were really good, and I was tricked at first into thinking Survivor was going to be better than The Book of Reuben. Both are probably equally bad, but I think I might actually like TBOR a tiny bit more if only because that book is a continuation of the Nodd's Ridge series and featured characters I already liked (albeit, they were fairly destroyed and wrangled unrecognizable in said book). I wanted to like this book more than I actually did, and I'm sad I didn't enjoy it a whole lot because I know what Mrs. King is capable of. It's a shame she didn't publish another book after this for nine years, but maybe in that span of time she lost her utter fascination with sex and instead went back to writing spell-binding characters with depth and emotion. That book is, of course, Candles Burning which I will get to soon-ish. If you've never read Tabitha King before, do as I did and start with Small World and work your way out from there. This book isn't horrible, and in fact was quite good in a lot of places... but it's not one I'll ever come back to.

  • Elle Esse
    2019-05-18 19:18

    My Original PostWarning: SPOILERS!SurvivorTabitha KingPub. February 1, 1998First and foremost, I have to say that from the very first time I read this book [on a pane from St. Louis to Ontario CA], I fell in love. I am not a fan of either of the Kings work, but this one spoke to me on some strange level that I have not encountered before. It sucked me in and I tend to reread it several times a year. Even more so now, I feel that this book speaks to me. Here's why:Summary: Narrated from the authors point of view, told from the standpoint of various characters as it pertains to the story. Kissy Mellors is a graduate student at Sowerwine when she is involved in a fatal car accident that would change her life over the course of the novel. From the moment of impact, Kissy is suddenly thrown into the lives of three very different men. First there is Mike Burke, a campus police officer who is the first at he scene of the accident. Then there is James Houston, who is the man who caused the accident; he had been drinking and driving and will now have reckless endangerment and manslaughter on his record for life. And lastly, there is Junior Clootie, a college hockey star with a real chance at the pros, who used o date the young victim who died under the wheels of the aforementioned James Houston's vehicle [I will get into detail about each of them in my Character Analysis]. The accident changes Kissy's life. Discovering one of the victims Ruth, survived, she begins visiting her in the hospital where she meets Sylvia Cronin, Ruth's grandmother, who will slowly become a very dear friend and close confidant to Kissy. A few days later, Junior Clootie approaches Kissy at the campus workout center and they agree to attend the memorial of the victim who died, Diane, together. This "date" will spark a love interest that will last until the face paced end. After a year or so, Kissy and Junior, who have been living together, sit in a maddening cycle events that wil change the entire story. Kissy then pursues James Houston, who has now been sentenced to jail for his crime. Fast forward a few years and we have a dynamite explosion of love, lust and what it means to trust in those you care about and how our every day choices may seem so simple, but in reality can cause a butterfly effect of epic proportions that can and will alter he course of several peoples lives. Character Analysis:Kissy Mellors - The star of the show. Her putting on the brakes in her Blazer starts the novel off in a hot and action packed adventure. She is an avid swimmer, professional photographer and later, mother.oJunior Clootie - The hockey pro and love of Kissy's life [eventually]. He makes very poor decisions and often winds up in a lot of legal trouble before cleaning up his act and doing a total personality reconstruction. The often tumultuous relationship between Junior and Kissy makes for excellent reading and is a highly believable scenario. Mike Burke - Mike starts out as a fun loving police man who works his way up to assistant district attorney. He is callous and cold, a sometimes wife beater with a heavy desire to own anything that he feels someone else has that is better than his. James Huston - A murderer. From his first appearance as a drunk colege kid who has now ended his life as he knows it, James is an introverted man who enjoys helping other.s His affair with Kissy is short and sweet and he spends most of the novel in jail, although it is his actions that have brought all of our characters together. Minor characters include Monette "Mony" Daniels, ThisDiane, various hockey payers, Junior's little sister Bernie and the rest of his family, as well as a cast of friends, family and acquaintances. This book is a must read for people who enjoy action without being unrealistic. Ms. King spins a wonderfully woven web of intrigue, realism and love to lust. I recommend adding it to your collection as soon as possible.That's all for now, Daring readers. What are you currently reading? What is your favorite book?

  • Haley
    2019-06-16 20:13

    This was my first Tabitha King read and I was highly disappointed. An unusual love story to say the least. I, as others, finished the book because I had a slight interest in the main character. King lost her way after the first chapter. The story just keeps circling around the same premise until King finally decides to mercifully put it to an end. I imagine Kissy and Junior's twisted love story continued making the same depressing loops long after the book ended.

  • Karli
    2019-05-17 14:12

    this is a very character driven novel, and follows the life of Kissy Mellors from the date of a fatal car crash through the next 7 years of ups, downs and questionable decisions. I love the writing, and how flawed the characters are. no one is without blame in the story, but its also hard not to relate to some of the thoughts, motivations and justifications that occur.

  • Noelle
    2019-06-07 16:23

    I almost finished the book, but it was so bad I couldn't stand it anymore and just flipped through the last few pages to see if anyone died.

  • Heather
    2019-06-01 18:19

    I wouldn't recommend this unless you enjoy frustrating characters.

  • Bianca
    2019-06-06 13:28

    I don't get it. I struggled through this entire thing, and nothing about it was particularly compelling. By the end, I hated pretty all of characters. Maybe that was the point...but this is the first book I read this year that I really wouldn't recommend bothering with.

  • Jen
    2019-05-17 16:02

    I was mostly interested in reading my first Tabitha King because I really like her husband, Stephen King's, stuff. I think it must be hard to work in the same craft as your super successful and famous spouse, so I was wondering what I could glean through her writing. Mostly what I learned was that she can be as wordy as her husband. I agree with the other reviewers that the story lacked plot, but I read to the end because I really wanted to know what happened to the main characters. Who needs plot when you have that kind of drama?Reader beware: The graphic sex scenes made this book a little embarrassing to read next to my colleagues on the bus to work.

  • Kendall Schuldt
    2019-05-27 19:17

    Thought I would try a Tabitha King book since I've enjoyed some of Stephen King's books. I was horribly disappointed. This book promises heart pounding action and all it really has is a promiscuous girl with Mommy and Daddy issues. Kissy deals with her guilt of almost hitting someone with her car by invading that girl's family. Then she proceeds to get involved with the same awful men over and over. It is sad to watch happen as you continue reading the book. Junior is an awful person, and Kissy is really just as bad. The book was mostly

  • Jen
    2019-05-18 13:21

    I've read this book more than once, and I love it everytime I reread it. How many messed up relationships can one girl get into?? And throughout it all I still want her in one of those problematic relationships, with Junior! :) Not sure why, but they are two ruined people that are truly meant for one another.

  • Joyce
    2019-05-22 19:11

    This is a strange book by the wife of Stephen King. She writes nothing like him and although this cover and title looks like its going to be a mystery or scary read its actually the story of a college girl who has many "experiences" with men most of them fairly bizarre. I kept reading it because it was like a train wreck....I couldn't stop myself from looking.

  • Heidi
    2019-06-14 13:09

    Interesting character study - not an action packed adventure as the title/cover would suggest, but very real characters that I've been thinking about for days since finishing. I had no idea the author was Stephen King's wife...

  • Kristine
    2019-06-02 20:15

    Not bad, but there were some slow spots that took me a while to get through. Some days I just couldn't get into this novel and others I couldn't put it down. It's one of those novels that you just need to be in the right mood for.

  • Amy
    2019-06-17 13:23

    This book turned out to be a odd epic love story. I have known love like their's. I have love like that now. No matter what the circumstances, if you are both soul mates, you will always love each other. I really enjoyed this book.

  • Leslie Jefferson
    2019-05-24 19:02

    Not clear on some of the connections on some plot threads. Chunks of time skip by without clarifying how much time has elapsed between events. Puzzled by characters actions at times. Compelling but unpolished.

  • Erin
    2019-06-04 20:16

    I kept reading this because the lead character was interesting, but there is no plot to keep the reader turning the page.

  • Loralie
    2019-05-27 19:20

    my only thot, why did tabitha stop writing in the 80's? she's very good.

  • Just Nancy
    2019-06-14 21:27

    This is a very deep and darkly disturbing book but the characters within move you!

  • Mripma
    2019-05-26 16:11

    Unfair to say that I read it because I lost interest quickly.

  • Tami Droese
    2019-05-20 18:14

    This is a crazy story. Tabitha King is a perfect match for her hubby. Another story I often think about years after the read.

  • Tracy Keirns
    2019-05-28 13:13

    Another one of my favorites by Tabitha King.

  • Cat
    2019-06-13 20:16

    I have re-read this a few times now I enjoyed it so much.I need a new copy though so if anyone has one...

  • Denise M.
    2019-05-19 20:58

    Wife of Stephen King

  • Cindy Smith
    2019-05-18 20:27

    I just couldn't get into this book. The main character was just strange and I felt the author just couldn't bring her to life. It was a bit all over the place too. Would not recommend.

  • Daryl
    2019-06-14 16:23

    i loved this book... its not your standard love story but it is. the characters are real, the plot is involving. bottom-line ... i loved it

  • Tanja
    2019-06-06 18:18

    Yes, it's Stephen King's wife, but don't expect an SK novel. It's a very interesting and at times dark love story with compelling characters who don't always act the way you'd expect them to.

  • Fran Johnson
    2019-05-18 18:58

    this book reads very much like life.

  • Lee Nespor
    2019-05-22 20:18

    Yawn . . . . .

  • Ben Visel
    2019-05-31 15:23

    I hated this book, but kept reading to see if it would go anywhere. I figured, "she's married to Stephen King, it can't be that bad." I was wrong.