This was a fabulous read. Stephen King is a master of the monologue. He was able to sustain the voice of Dolores Claiborne throughout the whole novel. It was like she was right in the room with me till her story was finished. Vera Donavan's memorable phrase, "Sometimes being a bitch is all a woman can hold on to." was priceless. I had viewed the film years ago, but the book surpasses it by a long mile.