5. A Good Marriage
Publication Year: 2010
Collected In: Full Dark, No Stars
What’s the worst discovery you could make about your partner of 30 years? Serial cheater? Try serial killer. That’s the horrifying discovery that Darcy Anderson makes when her husband Bob, all-round nice guy, accountant and coin collector, goes away on a business trip. Darcy is in the garage when she stumbles upon a box of evidence that points to Bob’s not-so-normal pastimes. Horrified and struck with disbelief, Darcy can’t hide what she believes is the truth… and soon enough, Bob will be coming home.
A Good Marriage is vintage King in the sense that it explores hidden truths that will eventually come to light and shake the foundations of his character’s lives. The subject of marriage is dissected throughout the narrative, as Darcy ponders exactly what it means to share your existence with somebody and not know everything about them. It’s an exceptionally well-told story, simple in its execution, and embodied with a strange, lingering power that asks you to consider exactly how well you know the people you chose to spend time with.
Would it make a good feature film?
Yes. A Good Marriage has the potential to double as a vivid portrait of what it means to be married and a classic trouble in suburbia drama. It also has the potential, with a few tweaks, to roll as a relentless thriller in every sense.