Reviewed by David Savage
Doctor Sleep is the follow up to Stephen Kings best-selling 1977 novel ‘The Shining’ taking a look at the life of Danny Torrance 35 years after he survived the terrible events at the Overlook Hotel.
Danny Torrance has “The Shining”, a physic ability that he was born with. 35 years ago he lost his violent, alcoholic father in tragic events at the Overlook Hotel. Since the hotel burned down and the death of his mother he has been drifting throughout America trying to get rid of the ghosts of the past. He finally settles down with a job in a nursing home and he becomes known as Doctor Sleep as he helps the dying make a peaceful transition between life and death.
The True Knot also travel around America in a convoy of recreational vehicles looking like every-day, normal and mostly older travellers and have been for hundreds of years. To survive and regenerate themselves they hunt out children who have a touch of The Shining and torture them to death to steal their gift. They are evil, lethal and extremely dangerous.
Abra Stone has also been born with The Shining and is very powerful. From a few days old she has been reaching out to Danny and giving him messages until one day Danny realises that the True Knot are coming for her and the fight to save her, and himself, begins.
Overall, Doctor Sleep is an excellent book. It doesn’t matter if you have read The Shining or seen the film (I recommended reading The Shining) it is a great read. Danny Torrance has grown up and has a whole set of new problems that he is trying to deal with to stop him being like his violent, alcoholic father. A young girl is reaching out to him for help and he must stand with her to save her life and put the past behind him.
Doctor Sleep is an extremely well-written chilling read full of excitement, thrills and suspense. I could not put the book down. As a Stephen King fan I wasn’t sure how a sequel to a book written 35 years ago would work but is does and I loved it, I think it is probably one of King’s better books.
A chilling tale of good versus evil as only Stephen King can deliver.
Highly recommended! A must for all Stephen King fans and new readers of his work, a story that will thrill you! Stephen King at his best.
RRP: £19.99 (hardback) / £9.99 (paperback)
Available to buy from Amazon here.