Vera Donovan er den rigeste, mest arrige indbygger på Little Tall Island. Da hun pludselig findes død i sit hjem, falder mistanken øjeblikkeligt på hendes husholderske og plejer, Dolores Claiborne. Dolores kender alt til at være under mistanke. Det var hun også, da hendes mand for mange år siden døde under mystiske omstændigheder. Men hvis dommens dag virkelig er kommet for Dolores, er der et par ting, hun gerne vil ud med først. En gruopvækkende sandhed skal frem, og det, der står tilbage, er en kvindes ufravigelige vilje til at beskytte dem, hun elsker, koste hvad det vil.
Described by the publisher as a companion piece to King's last book, Gerald's Game , this new novel surpasses it in every way, and shows that King, even without the trappings of horror and suspense, is a magnificent storyteller whose greatest strength has always been characterization. His sterling title character this time out is a Maine woman in her 60s who made a living as a housekeeper and now is under suspicion in the death of her senile employer, Vera Donovan, who fell down a flight of stairs. Did Dolores push her? Responding to the charges against her, Dolores recounts her life in a tightly woven narrative that is beguiling and touching at the appropriate moments. The friendship between these two lonely women ``livin' on a little chunk of rock off the Maine coast'' was the anchor of both their lives, and it soon becomes clear that Dolores didn't kill Vera. But she freely acknowledges--30 years after the fact--that she did kill her husband, Joe, during a solar eclipse on July 20, 1963, ``my day for seein' eyes everywhere.'' Presenting Dolores's story in her own remarkable colloquial voice, King brings readers face to face with a goodhearted, lovable woman whose honesty is ultimately unforgettable. 1.5 million first printing; BOMC main selection.