Doctor Sleep: A Novel
Stephen King returns to the character and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.
On highways across America, a tribe of people called the True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless—mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and spunky twelve-year-old Abra Stone learns, the True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the steam that children with the shining produce when they are slowly tortured to death.
Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel, where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant shining power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes “Doctor Sleep.”
Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of devoted readers of The Shining and satisfy anyone new to this icon in the King canon.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - maryoverton - LibraryThing
Every Stephen King cliche & plot line bundled into an awkward Halloween-y story that's more dime-store molded plastic mask than horror. Oh, well. Nobody bats a thousand, and King is still the master story-teller (if not the best writer) of our time. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ARBraun7 - LibraryThing
I didn't think King still had it in him to write a book this great. The biggest draw is that we're reunited with Dan Torrance and, more intriguing, he's inherited his father's disease. Being original by using psychic vampires as the protagonists didn't hurt, either. Read full review