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Master storyteller Stephen King’s terrifying sequel to The Shining—an instant #1 New York Times bestseller that is "[a] vivid frightscape" (The New York Times).
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, glorious story that will thrill the millions of devoted readers of The Shining and satisfy anyone new to this icon in the Stephen King canon.
From Publishers Weekly
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Back with an old friend
I anticipated loving this book as I have been a fan of Stephen King since I read "Carrie" when it first came out, even though some of his books have been somewhat disappointing. I loved this book! Danny Torrance has grown up since his father tried to kill him at the Overlook Hotel in "The Shining". Unfortunately that experience has left him a nomadic alcoholic with not much redeemable in his life. Until a bus (and his friend, Tony) take him to New Hampshire and a girl named Abra Stone. And Abra, too, has the shine. Abra and Dan find out that that quality in other children has led to their deaths at the hands of an evil group of people called the True Knot. These people live on the "steam" given off when children, with the shine, die. The connection between Dan and Abra is at the heart of this story.
Stephen King makes his characters real and the stories believable. If you loved "The Shining" or "The Stand" you will love this story!
Thanks for bringing Danny back. Enjoyed the thrill!
5 stars all the way!!!