Doctor Sleep | Stephen King

The cover of King's Doctor SleepWhat ever happened to little Danny Torrance after he survived the Overlook Hotel?

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:

  1. This book is compelling. Despite its 500 page girth, I finished it in two days. King is the master of making every page gripping.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).

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