Thinner, by Stephen King (as Richard Bachman) (1985)

An intense, suspenseful page-turner from the master of horror, Stephen King published “Thinner” under his pseudonym Richard Bachman, but this is Classic King from the very beginning: The characterizations are remarkably intricate and richly layered, the omniscient narrator’s voice is clear yet nuanced, while the suspense slowly but surely ratchets up until the reader devours the climax. Its ending is pure King as well, the type of morbid, disturbing yet somehow wholly appropriate finale that gets under the reader’s skin and stays there for some time. Highly recommended for horror fans who may have missed it.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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