asked me to name a book I'd read that has a captivating voice.

I chose Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King. The story is told in the form of Dolores being interrogated by the police about incidents leading up to her arrest.

I distinctly remember, the first time I read the novel, thinking at some point "surely he's not going to do a whole novel this way?" – a mixture of disbelief and respect. Sure enough, that's exactly what he did and I was totally drawn in to the drama of the telling and the subject – which I'm not going to spoil here.

Outstanding. Even writing about it here makes me feel like reading it all over again.

I've said it before – – Stephen King is one of my favourite writers – I also happen to believe he's one of America's greatest ever writers, though many miss that point due to his chosen genre. It's unfortunate. For those who haven't tasted his work but are leery of the horror genre, Dolores Claiborne would serve as a great introduction – it isn't a horror book, but instead a tightly scripted drama.

Read it. You will be captivated by the strong voice of this story.

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