Summary (from Goodreads): Although Scott Carey doesn’t look any different, he’s been steadily losing weight. There are a couple of other odd things, too. He weighs the same in his clothes and out of them, no matter how heavy they are. Scott doesn’t want to be poked and prodded. He mostly just wants someone else to know, and he trusts Doctor Bob Ellis.
In the small town of Castle Rock, the setting of many of King’s most iconic stories, Scott is engaged in a low grade—but escalating—battle with the lesbians next door whose dog regularly drops his business on Scott’s lawn. One of the women is friendly; the other, cold as ice. Both are trying to launch a new restaurant, but the people of Castle Rock want no part of a gay married couple, and the place is in trouble. When Scott finally understands the prejudices they face–including his own—he tries to help. Unlikely alliances, the annual foot race, and the mystery of Scott’s affliction bring out the best in people who have indulged the worst in themselves and others.
Review: This is not a horror book.
This year I decided to slowly ease my way into reading Stephen King novels. With this one being a short story I decided to pick it up to get used to his writing style and formatting. Another reason why I wanted to pick this one up was I had watched the first season of Castle Rock on Crave and this book takes place in that universe.
What I liked about Elevation is the chunks/mini chapters gave just enough information to allow you to follow the story-line but leave a little out to have you reflect on the subject matter at hand. This is very different than his larger books which are 1000+ pages going into many details of many characters.
The story-line is addicting to complete trying to find out what happens with the main character Scott as he continues to lose weight even though he doesn’t look it. The relationships that are built between the characters in the book is sweet and the ending left me feeling a little sad.
This is an odd, short, relationship driven with a supernatural twist short story which was nice to pick up between larger, more intense novels.