Book Review: Gwendy’s Magic Feather (The Button Box #2)


Hello Bibliophiles!

Hope everything’s been going well on your end. I’m pretty happy to be out of my reading slump, and with a relatively simple summer ahead of me I’m looking forward to making some great memories with my boyfriend, friends, and family. Do you have any summer plans? Tell me all about it in the comments. 🙂

Alright, back to the post at hand.

I continued my binge of The Button Box series with Gwendy’s Magic Feather (The Button Box #2) by Stephen King & Richard Chizmar.

The first book in this series took me out of my reading slump (link to my review below if you need to catch up), and I couldn’t have been more excited to continue Gwendy’s strange journey. Let’s see if this one stacked up to the first one.

On to the book review!


Series Review Links

Book Review: Gwendy’s Button Box


Something evil has swept into the small western Maine town of Castle Rock on the heels of the latest winter storm. Sheriff Norris Ridgewick and his team are desperately searching for two missing girls, but time is running out to bring them home alive.

In Washington D.C., thirty-seven-year-old Gwendy Peterson couldn’t be more different from the self-conscious teenaged girl who once spent a summer running up Castle Rock’s Suicide Stairs. That same summer, she was entrusted or some might say cursed with the extraordinary button box by Richard Farris, the mysterious stranger in the black suit. The seductive and powerful box offered Gwendy small gifts in exchange for its care and feeding until Farris eventually returned, promising Gwendy she’d never see the box again.

One day, though, the button box shows up without warning and without Richard Farris to explain why, or what she’s supposed to do with it. The mysterious reappearance of the box, along with the troubling disappearances in Castle Rock, leads Gwendy home again…where she just might be able to help rescue the missing girls and stop a madman before he does something ghastly.

From New York Times bestseller Richard Chizmar comes Gwendy’s Magic Feather, a breathtaking novel that asks whether our lives are controlled by fate or the choices we make and what price we might have to pay for those choices when we reach for the things we most desire. Prepare to return again to Stephen King’s Castle Rock, the sleepy little town built on a bedrock of deep, dark secrets, which is about to awaken from its quiet slumber once more.



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The Review

While I didn’t find this book as riveting as the first one in the series, it was still a solid continuation and a lot of fun.

Many years have passed, and Gwendy’s grown up and enjoyed a successful career. as a writer and now congresswoman. But when she returns to her home of Castle Rock, she becomes embroiled in an investigation into the disappearances of several local young women.

Gwendy continues to shine in this book as an MC. Her experiences with the button box have shaped her, some ways good and some ways bad. It was interesting to see those affects and how she still struggles with what happened and the temptations she has in the present. Gwendy continues to protect those she loves, and while she’s definitely smarter and more thorough this time around, she’s still human.

I really didn’t see this kind of a plot happening when I started the book, and in a way it was really refreshing. This is more of a whodunit kind of situation, with other bits of mystery and supernatural happenings sprinkled around Gwendy’s personal developments. It created a nice balance, but I will admit that things were a bit slow to start. Once things get going though, you’ll definitely have a hard time putting this down.

If you are looking for a lighter Stephen King read, you can’t pass this exciting series up! I can’t wait to see how Gwendy’s story ends in the last book.


That’s A Wrap!

Well that’s it for this book review. I hope you enjoyed it!

Have you read this book? Are there other similar books you’ve read that you simply have to gush about? Feel free to leave a comment. I’d love to start a conversation!

Have a great day!


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