Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-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 12-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 hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.
HOLY SHIT! 🙊 This book was FANTASTIC 👌🏻 So intense. I was not bored at any moment. I watch the movie The Shining years ago (time for a rewatch) and then last year I read The Shining. I gave it a 4/5 🌟 It had some parts in the book that I felt were not needed. A lot of rambling. But I still enjoyed it. Then this book….WOW! King did an amazing job following up on Danny. He made him realistic, specially for what he dealt with growing up.
All the characters were fantastic! Abra was my favorite. Doesn’t take shit from anyone! I loved Billy Freeman too!
The True Knot! My gosh, what a bunch of crazy, gross, sadistic,vampirish people. I could have more books about them. Maybe one that is a backstory on how the True Knot even came to be. How far back do they go? Gosh! Fantastic villains!
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