Review: “The Gingerbread Girl” by Stephen King

The Gingerbread Girl, by Stephen King
The Gingerbread Girl by Stephen King

Reviewed by Rick Osborne
May 8, 2009

Rating: 4/5

The Gingerbread Girl was the second title I rented from Simply Audiobooks, but the first I finished. I’d seen it in book stores, but at $12 for 2 hours it seemed a little pricey. As one in a stream of books on a fixed price, well, that’s just about right.

It reads like a classic Stephen King short story, fitting in well with Different Seasons or Graveyard Shift and his newer titles that are in that same style. The story is simple and straightforward, as you would expect of one so short: the protagonist, Emily, has lost a child to SIDS, and it’s torn her marriage apart. She takes up running to cope, eventually finding herself in a beach cabin in Florida. After this setup, the rest is one extended chase sequence revolving around one of the beach’s less savory natives.

The voice work by Mare Winningham is clear and emotional, never obtrusive. The production is of the same quality.

At just over 2 hours, The Gingerbread Girl is a quick and easy listen. It’s not epic, multi-threaded, or over-reaching. It’s a simple story with interesting characters, and sounds like classic Stephen King. It’s a good introduction to audiobooks for people that have never tried them, presuming of course that they like suspense/thrillers to begin with.

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