Mile 81 by Stephen King

Mile 81

By Stephen King

  • Release Date: 2011-09-01
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 3.5
From 199 Ratings
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Mile 81 is Stand by Me meets Christine—the story of an insatiable car and a heroic kid.

At Mile 81 on the Maine turnpike is a boarded up rest stop, a place where high school kids drink and get into the kind of trouble high school kids have always gotten into. It’s the place where Pete Simmons goes when his older brother, who’s supposed to be looking out for him, heads off to the gravel pit to play “paratroopers over the side.” Pete, armed only with the magnifying glass he got for his tenth birthday, finds a discarded bottle of vodka in the boarded up burger shack and drinks enough to pass out.

Not much later, a mud-covered station wagon (which is strange because there hadn’t been any rain in New England for over a week) veers into the Mile 81 rest area, ignoring the sign that says “closed, no services.” The driver’s door opens but nobody gets out.

Doug Clayton, an insurance man from Bangor, is driving his Prius to a conference in Portland. On the backseat are his briefcase and suitcase and in the passenger bucket is a King James Bible, what Doug calls “the ultimate insurance manual,” but it isn’t going to save Doug when he decides to be the Good Samaritan and help the guy in the broken down wagon. He pulls up behind it, puts on his four-ways, and then notices that the wagon has no plates.

Ten minutes later, Julianne Vernon, pulling a horse trailer, spots the Prius and the wagon, and pulls over. Julianne finds Doug Clayton’s cracked cell phone near the wagon door – and gets too close herself. By the time Pete Simmons wakes up from his vodka nap, there are a half a dozen cars at the Mile 81 rest stop. Two kids – Rachel and Blake Lussier – and one horse named Deedee are the only living left. Unless you maybe count the wagon.


  • Anita Pilgrim

    By AnitaPilgrim
    Classic King.. Love it! Several stories packed into one big mystery... keeps you wondering what's going to happen next!
  • What?!

    By Velxt
    What?! It's like 250 pages long. Mr King you only wrote the intro! Where's the middle? Where's the ending? What a letdown:(
  • Mile 81

    By Redrugbycat
    Classic Stephen King. Good story with an ending that leaves you wondering.
  • 1963!

    By walktallstoopedover
    It was a year to remember. These is a nice piece of writing Mr. King. I wonder what will happen when we finally break this barrier of traveling back or even forward in time?
  • Awful

    By Dekay68
    I love Stephen King and I have read everything he has ever published, but this one was phoned in. A silly plot with the worst ending I have ever seen King produce - and endings are not exactly his strength. Save your money and go try to thread bailing twine through the eye of a needle. It'll be cheaper and ultimately less frustrating.
  • Good but bad!!

    By Sagetanya
    I enjoyed the book...But he should have kept it and put it in a book with other short stories!! Ended too quickly!! I didn't think it was worth the money!!
  • Mile 81

    By RedWiggl3r
    Bizarre. Liked the first chapter but continued to lose interest as the story "developed". Ending was far too quick - like King just decided to stop writing this one and took the easy way out.
  • Short, but entertaining

    By mroutley
    I enjoyed this quick read.
  • Blech...

    By Normalicy
    Story was really short, ended abruptly and defiantly not worth the three dollars
  • Good

    By Randyrn
    Good little book!