I didn't like it as much as I assumed I would. I love SK and have read most of his stuff.
But I do love how he writes about small town America, he really is the Master at that. It's reading his books that have made me desperate to go to Maine on holiday. But I will naturally avoid any suspicious looking clowns and I will turn a deaf ear if children's voices start talking to me from the plughole.
I really enjoyed it. I have read only a few SK books, and this one made me want to read more. No surprises in terms of the characters, or turn of phrase etc but still the guy is a genius and a master story teller. Didn't know there was a series and I am off to find out more thanks
I have read and enjoyed quite a few SKs, but this one was very meh. The ending was strange too. Gave it to DH for Christmas one year, and we both disliked it and it ended up going to a charity shop (usually I hang on to my books until they are falling apart.)
11.22.63 (the one about time travel and the Kennedy assassination) though was brilliant.
I gave up on this one about 150 pages in. Agree with OP, too many characters thrown at me in rapid succession and I either didn't like them or didn't care about them. Also quite violent and gory, which is not what I enjoy from SK.