Book Review: The Green Mile by Stephen King

Synopsis from the back of the Book

Welcome to Cold Mountain Penitentiary, home to the Depression-worn men of E Block. Convicted killers all, each awaits his turn to walk the Green Mile, keeping a date with “Old Sparky,” Cold Mountain’s electric chair. Prison guard Paul Edgecombe has seen his share of oddities in his years working the Mile. But he’s never seen anyone like John Coffey, a man with the body of a giant and the mind of a child, condemned for a crime terrifying in its violence and shocking in its depravity. In this place of ultimate retribution, Edgecombe is about to discover the terrible, wondrous truth about Coffey, a truth that will challenge his most cherished beliefs…

My Review

The Green Mile was the first Stephen King book that I have ever read ๐Ÿ˜ I don’t know what took me so long to read one of his books as he is one of the most popular authors in the world today and his books are scattered in every book store here in Trinidad and Tobago. Can you go into a book store and not see a Stephen King or Danielle Steel book? ๐Ÿ“šIt is impossible. Anyways, a couple months ago, I was in a book store and I saw The Green Mile and decided let me try a Stephen King book as one of my 2021 reads. I am so glad that I did. My rating for the Green Mile is 5 / 5, it was a really fantastic, gripping and suspenseful read. I really enjoyed this book! โญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธ

The Green Mile is told from the point of view of the Lead Prison Guard Mr. Paul Edgecombe as he recounts the story of one of his most memorable inmates Mr. John Coffey like the drink, but not spelt the same. The story is told both in the present time, as Mr. Edgecombe writes his memoir at the old folk’s home that he is now living in ๐Ÿ‘ด๐Ÿผ and also in the past ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿผ, as he recounts what happens with Mr. Coffey and the other prisoners on E Block while he was a prison guard ๐Ÿ‘ฎ๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธ

The Green Mile was the definition of a captivating book and I wish I had time to read it consistently, as I am sure I will have been able to finish it in a couple of days โค๏ธ It is the type of book that makes you want to read the next chapter to see what happens next and before you know it you have read five extra chapters. This book was also a very emotional and sad book at times as the stories of John Coffey and prisoner Eduard Delacroix were heartbreaking and upsetting ๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ญ. I could have slapped some of the characters through the pages if I could especially Prison Guard PERCY WETMORE!

What I enjoyed most about the book was that the story felt real. All the characters were fully developed and you felt like you knew them. It actually made me question if this was based on a true story, or not? ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜ณ The Green Mile was filled with many twists and turns and I really could never predict what would happen next…. it kept you on the edge of your seat and on tenterhooks wondering what will happen and to whom, wondering how it will all come together.

This was my first Stephen King novel and it surely will not be my last. I highly recommend this book if you have not read it already ๐Ÿ˜Š I know that there is a movie based on the Green Mile and maybe one day I will check it out but normally the movie is not as good as the book.

Have you read the Green Mile or watched the movie? What did you think? ๐Ÿคจ

Much Love


2 thoughts on “Book Review: The Green Mile by Stephen King

  1. I did not read the book but I saw the movie years ago. It was gripping as well but I think the book would be more exciting. Perhaps I will read it as I cannot remember the details of the movie. But , of course, with more savoury snacks.

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