Duma Key - Stephen King

Duma Key

By Stephen King

  • Release Date: 2008-01-22
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 417 Ratings


Don’t miss the thrilling novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephen King about what happens when the barrier between our world and that of the supernatural is breached...

No more than a dark pencil line on a blank page. A horizon line, maybe. But also a slot for blackness to pour through...

A terrible construction site accident takes Edgar Freemantle’s right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. A marriage that produced two lovely daughters suddenly ends, and Edgar begins to wish he hadn’t survived the injuries that could have killed him. He wants out. His psychologist, Dr. Kamen, suggests a “geographic cure,” a new life distant from the Twin Cities and the building business Edgar grew from scratch. And Kamen suggests something else.

“Edgar, does anything make you happy?”

“I used to sketch.”

“Take it up again. You need hedges...hedges against the night.”

Edgar leaves Minnesota for a rented house on Duma Key, a stunningly beautiful, eerily undeveloped splinter of the Florida coast. The sun setting into the Gulf of Mexico and the tidal rattling of shells on the beach call out to him, and Edgar draws. A visit from Ilse, the daughter he dotes on, starts his movement out of solitude. He meets a kindred spirit in Wireman, a man reluctant to reveal his own wounds, and then Elizabeth Eastlake, a sick old woman whose roots are tangled deep in Duma Key. Now Edgar paints, sometimes feverishly, his exploding talent both a wonder and a weapon. Many of his paintings have a power that cannot be controlled. When Elizabeth’s past unfolds and the ghosts of her childhood begin to appear, the damage of which they are capable is truly devastating.

The tenacity of love, the perils of creativity, the mysteries of memory, and the nature of the supernatural—Stephen King gives us yet another novel as fascinating as it is gripping and terrifying.


  • Loved this book!

    By SKingRN
    Duma Key was exciting! I could not put it down. Very glad I read it.
  • An artists ghost story

    By Tat2pooch
    I love King’s work, when I heard this one was about an artist, I was definitely intrigued! Being a painter myself and a Florida native I enjoyed his details about surrealist painting and Florida locations. Great story, King is a master. Highly recommend this one!
  • Great reading

    By jess's girl
    Couldn't put it down
  • It took me forever

    By Stegiand10
    When it takes you 6 months to finish a book you can tell it was not good. I couldn’t read more than 15 pages at a time. 11/22/63 was a long book I couldn’t put down. That was a masterpiece. But this? This was really bad
  • It ended too soon!

    By Quicklime Girl
    Duma Key is another fantastic story in the world of Stephen King. I had a difficult time putting it down from the very first page. The story was so fascinating that I was disappointed when it ended (as is the case for me whenever I finish one of Mr. King's works, it seems).
  • Great Book

    By Morgan Cordry
    Starts off slow and does have a few remaining slow parts later on, however, the book is really a well written story. I would recommend this to any other Stephen King fan as one the story took off it really was great!
  • You're welcome Mr. King!

    By Flower2000
    I loved all the characters in this book. They seemed like people that one would actually want to meet. I loved reading about the friendship that developed between Wireman and Freemantle. Although, at the end of the book, I would have loved to have read a different ending to their friendship. I would've also liked to have seen Isle end up with Jack, but that might have been to obvious. Overall, the story did start off slow, but I felt it was necessary in order to really understand Edgar's past and all the characters involved. There were some parts that were scary, ill admit.
  • Amazing!!!

    By Lazkfhdatyh
    Awesome. Nice way to pass time.
  • Duma Key

    By Zeliza13
    I have read most of Steven King's Book loved them all but Duma Key Is Outstanding . I grew up in the general vicinity and it astonishing accurate in every way except for the no one tells a better tale but this is one of my personal favorites !
  • Literally scary

    By AmandaHarsh
    I loved that I was actually scared at one point sitting in my living room!