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From master storyteller Stephen King, his unforgettable and terrifying sequel to The Shining—an instant #1 New York Times bestseller that is “[a] vivid frightscape” (The New York Times).
Years ago, the haunting of the Overlook Hotel nearly broke young Dan Torrance’s sanity, as his paranormal gift known as “the shining” opened a door straight into hell. And even though Dan is all grown up, the ghosts of the Overlook—and his father’s legacy of alcoholism and violence—kept him drifting aimlessly for most of his life. Now, Dan has finally found some order in the chaos by working in a local hospice, earning the nickname “Doctor Sleep” by secretly using his special abilities to comfort the dying and prepare them for the afterlife. But when he unexpectedly meets twelve-year-old Abra Stone—who possesses an even more powerful manifestation of the shining—the two find their lives in sudden jeopardy at the hands of the ageless and murderous nomadic tribe known as the True Knot, reigniting Dan’s own demons and summoning him to battle for this young girl’s soul and survival...
Iconic horror author King (Joyland) picks up the narrative threads of The Shining many years on. Young psychic Danny Torrance has become a middle-aged alcoholic (he now goes by Dan ), bearing his powers and his guilt as equal burdens. A lucky break gets him a job in a hospice in a small New England town. Using his abilities to ease the passing of the terminally ill, he remains blissfully unaware of the actions of the True Knot, a caravan of human parasites crisscrossing the map in their RVs as they search for children with the shining (psychic abilities of the kind that Dan possesses), upon whom they feed. When a girl named Abra Stone is born with powers that dwarf Dan s, she attracts the attention of the True Knot s leader the predatory Rose the Hat. Dan is forced to help Abra confront the Knot, and face his own lingering demons. Less terrifying than its famous predecessor, perhaps because of the author s obvious affection for even the most repellant characters, King s latest is still a gripping, taut read that provides a satisfying conclusion to Danny Torrance s story.
Revisiting a story so old is a dangerous thing but I'm glad it could be done by such a master of his art and by the person who actually wrote the original. This went in unexpected directions, though very pleasing ones. It's like a smooth, well executed blockbuster, or a perfectly sugared tea that just slips down the throat. I found a couple of lines here and there a bit cliche, but I suspect King was having lots of fun with his superpowered heroes and the terribly new and also familiar enemies. I find the tale even more amusing when I consider that the bad guys in this story were really the protagonists all along. They had the goal all along and Dan was in their way.
It didn't strike me as deep as many of his other books but it is thoroughly enjoyable. Don't waste time hesitating if you are a King fan. Just buy it.