'Duma Key' is compelling and gripping
Stephen King is an amazing writer, who has been writing fairly consistently since a long time now. He is more famous for his eerie and scary plotlines, with most of his novels containing a horror element that goes on to terrify readers and play truant with their collective psyche.
Starting with his first best seller Carrie, King's fans have long been enthralled by his writing style always await more of his horror and creepy stuff. That's precisely what Duma Key has, which makes his readers feel they are a part of the story and keeps them riveted to the hilt.
Duma Key is about Edgar Freemantle, a construction contractor in Minnesota who has struck riches in the construction business. However, in an accident involving a 12 storey crane, Edgar loses his right arm along with fracturing his left side. He also suffers from broken ribs, loss of vision, and a cracked skull. This makes him violent and verbally abusive to his wife Pam, who seeks a divorce.
The post-accident scene takes Edgar to Duma Key a fictional island which is on the west coast of Florida. Here, he moves into Salmon point no. 13, a big pink house and rediscovers his latent talent - painting. Though beginning with modest sketches, he finds something compelling in his paintings that takes him obsessively further in his pursuit.
On this island, he finds himself in the company of two other trauma survivors Elizabeth Eastlake and her caretaker Jerome Wireman. Here, Edgar discovers that there is a common thread connecting the three. Each of them had suffered a near death experience, which has given them a unique psychic ability.
Though Edgar's stay on the island begins comfortably, he is drawn into a series of phychic events, each with their element of horror and suspense. The portrayal of the evil force Perse that manifests on Duma Key and its eventual capture is par brilliance. Some of King's personal experiences with his life, especially his car accident in 1999 are reflected in this work.