Dolores Claiborne is a psychological thriller novel by Stephen King. The novel is narrated It was the best-selling novel of in the United States. The book is dedicated to King's mother: "For my mother, Ruth Pillsbury King.". Dolores Claiborne book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Suspected of killing Vera Donovan, her wealthy employer, Dolor. Dolores Claiborne is the 32nd book published by Stephen King; it was his 27th novel, and the 22nd written under his own name. Dolores Claiborne lives on Little Tall Island. She worked for the wealthy Vera Donovan, a rich woman whose family had owned a summer home on the island.

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Suspected of killing Vera Donovan, her wealthy employer, Dolores Claiborne tells police the story of her life, harkening back to her disintegrating marriage and . Now available for the first time in a mass-market premium paperback edition— master storyteller Stephen King presents the classic #1 New York Times bestseller. Described by the publisher as a companion piece to King's last book, Gerald's Game, this new novel surpasses it in every way, and shows that King, even.

Dolores eventually stops trying to guess why this is happening and goes to escort her home from school which is on the mainland , telling her that neither of them are to get off the ferry until Selena tells her everything. At this, Selena breaks down and tells her. Joe had spoken to her after the night with the hatchet, telling her that Dolores was a very mean woman, and that he was the victim of her abuse. Over time, he had begun getting closer and closer to her, clearly intending to have a sexual relationship with his daughter.

The whole time, he insisted that if she ever found out, Dolores would blame Selena and hurt them both.

Dolores, appalled by all of this, assures Selena that Joe will never touch her again. She confronts Joe and informs him that if he lays a hand on their daughter again, he will go to prison. Joe agrees, but slyly suggests that he still has the upper hand. After dwelling on her situation with her despicable husband, Dolores decided to withdraw her childrens' college funds and leave the island with the kids but without Joe.

However, when she tried, the bank workers informed her that Joe had already withdrawn all the money and placed it in a personal account that only he could access.

This lead Dolores into a state of depression. One night she broke down in front of Mrs. Donovan and told her all about her situation. Vera as she insisted Dolores call her from that point on reacted rather distantly, although not entirely coldly, and stated that "husbands do have accidents sometimes".

Eventually, Dolores began to formulate a plan. The newspapers reported that there will soon be a solar eclipse that will pass over Little Tall Island.

Knowing that everyone on the island would either be at the hotel where a celebration had been planned, or on the ferry, which Vera had rented for the day, Dolores intended to spend the time at home with Joe. She sent her children off and bought Joe a bottle of scotch.

When the eclipse started, she informed Joe that she knew about his bank account. She went on to lie about it, saying that the bank manager found a rule that permitted her to take out all the money and place it in an account under her name.

This enraged Joe. Dolores ran from him, leading him out into their yard. She had been out there just prior to scout out the old, unused well that was out there, which was overgrown with blackberry bushes, but not properly capped.

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With Joe chasing after her, she lead him directly to the well, and he fell in. Unfortunately, he didn't die immediately, since the well wasn't completely dry. She eventually came to believe that he would die and went back inside her house to try to calm down.

However, she still felt nagging doubt and went back out to check on him. To her horror, Joe had almost climbed out of the well, and when she got close enough he grabbed her by the ankle.

She eventually pulled free, and, as he was about to climb fully out of the well, she lifted a large nearby rock and slammed it into his head, crushing his skull. Either this or the fall back down the well finally killed Joe. Dolores began playing her part in this "accident", acting as though she had no idea where Joe is.

She claimed that they had had a fight, after which she left to see the eclipse from a different part of town, leaving Joe to drink his scotch alone. Eventually a search party found Joe at the bottom of the well.

Dolores' real test came when the medical examiner, a man quite a bit smarter than the local constable, began questioning her with deep suspicion.

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However, due to Dolores' calculated calmness and the constable's ineptitude, the law decided that she played no part in her husband's death. What was interesting to me is how differently the book tells the same story, compared to the screenplay. In the novel, Dolores tells her story in a long confessional conversation to investigators, so it's all her voice and perspective. In the movie, the screen writers brought in the character of the daughter, Selena, which added another dimension and perspective to the story.

This is why I love comparing source material to the movie adaptation — it's fascinating to see how the writers approach the story in different ways. In both cases, the women that felt like caricatures weren't the main characters, but there were several scenes that made me cringe. Both of those men publish a lot of books, and I've read other novels by them that included women who were portrayed with more complexity.

It's possible that the writers were pushing a deadline and the easiest thing to do was fall back on silly stereotypes, rather than create a more nuanced character. The experience has made me pay closer attention to how male authors write about women. Favorite Quotes "I understood something else, too — that one kiss didn't change a thing. Anyone can give a kiss, after all; a kiss was how Judas Iscariot showed the Romans which one was Jesus.

I learned better over the next ten years. In despair, she breaks down crying at work, forcing her to confide her troubles in Vera. An unusually sympathetic Vera reveals she has had some sort of experience with Dolores' "inside eye", and casually remarks that men like Joe often die in accidents, leaving their wives everything. As she departs, she implies that she arranged the car crash that killed her husband and advises Dolores that "sometimes, an accident can be an unhappy woman's best friend.

Dolores begins plotting Joe's death, but does not find an opportunity to put her plan into action until the summer of Vera becomes obsessed with a total solar eclipse that will be visible from the island, convinced the event will convince her estranged children to visit her.

She plans a massive viewing party on the Island ferry. Knowing that the Island will be mostly empty as a result, Dolores ensures Selena is sent to camp and her sons, Joe Jr. When it becomes clear her children will not be joining her, Vera becomes despondent and lashes out at her hired help, calming only after Dolores confronts her over the unjust firing of one of the maids. On the day of the eclipse, Dolores downloads Joe a bottle of fine scotch and makes him a sandwich, getting him drunk and comfortable, and they share a moment of physical affection for the first time in many years.

As the eclipse begins, Dolores has a vision of a young girl in the path of the eclipse who is at that same moment being sexually abused by her father. Reminded of what she has set out to do, she deliberately enrages Joe by claiming she has recovered the money he had stolen and provokes him into attacking her.

She flees into the brambles, leading Joe to the well and tricking him into stepping on the rotted boards that cover it.

The planks break and he falls into the well, but is not instantly killed. He calls out for help for some time before eventually falling unconscious.


Dolores returns to the house and falls asleep, but has a nightmare and forces herself to go outside to check the well. She arrives to discover Joe has regained consciousness, and has managed to nearly climb out of the well, grabbing at Dolores and attempting to pull her in with him.

She finally kills him by hitting him in the face with a rock, and he falls back into the well. Dolores reports Joe missing, and his body is found after several days of searching. Dolores is suspected of killing her husband, but Joe's death is ruled an accident despite the suspicions of the local coroner and the rumor mill of Little Tall Island.

Dolores is free of Joe, but her actions damage her relationship with Selena, who suspects her mother killed her father. Dolores finally comes to the circumstances of Vera's death, which have led her to tell her story. She confesses that Vera, in one of her hallucinations, had managed to get out of her wheelchair and flees in terror from "the dust bunnies", falling down a flight of stairs.

As Vera falls, Dolores has a terrifying vision of Joe's ghost covered in dust. Somehow alive and lucid despite her injuries, Vera begs Dolores to help her end her suffering.

Dolores fetches a rolling pin, but Vera dies before she can use it. The incriminating scene is discovered by the local mailman, who clearly suspects Dolores of killing the old woman, and forces her to call the police. That night, Dolores begins to be harassed and threatened by members of the island community, who already believe she has gotten away with murder.

The next day, Dolores receives a phone call from Vera's lawyer, who informs a shocked Dolores that she has inherited Vera's entire fortune, which amounts to nearly 30 million dollars. Dolores attempts to refuse the money in favor of Vera's estranged children. She is dumbfounded to learn that they were killed in a car crash in , and Vera had spent the last 40 years of her life pretending that they were still alive.

Knowing that the inheritance would have given her a motive for murder and worsen the case against her, Dolores convinces herself that the only way to clear her name is to confess everything.As the eclipse begins, Dolores has a vision of a young girl in the path of the eclipse who is at that same moment being sexually abused by her father. The Green Mile: The book is her hours-long oral statement to two police officers, both of whom she has known since they were little boys, and a court stenographer.

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View all 14 comments. Garrett Thibodeau - The town constable who investigates Joe's death. This one lends a renewed perspective.

It all sounds justifiable.

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