Doctor Sleep, sequel to The Shining (The book, not the Kubrick film), answers the question in painful and glorious detail.
There’s a depth—a maturity—to King’s writing that wasn’t there in his earlier works. The characters are more real—the villains function on many levels.
Let me share three reasons why I loved this book:
- This book is compelling. Despite its 500 page girth, I finished it in two days. King is the master of making every page gripping.
- Doctor Sleep fits well with the meta-narrative King’s developed and highlighted in his Dark Tower books. Discovering these themes made the story instantly recognizable.
- This is more than a supernatural thriller—King addresses real generational issues like alcohol and anger. His portrayal of grown-up Danny Torrance wrestling with his father’s demons is moving and even redemptive.
Now, don’t get me wrong—this is a still a Stephen King horror novel. It’s not for the squeamish. If you enjoy a good story, however, there’s a shine below the grizzly surface.
—Stephen King, Doctor Sleep (New York, NY: Scribner, 2013).