Book Review: Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

Title: Doctor Sleep

 Author: Stephen King

 Genre: Horror, Thriller, and Paranormal

Publisher: Scribner

 Published: September 24, 2013

Page Amount: 531 Pages

Blurb From Goodreads: Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals 

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.

Why Read: Generally I’m already a large Stephen King fan when it comes to 11/22/63 and The Shining – so I really wasn’t going to say no at all. But he convinced me even more when I read the blurb, because seriously – ‘murderous paranormals’, how can you NOT want to read that! 

Review: So let me preempt any questions that have been forming since you read the title of this review: there is a character that is named Doctor Sleep. And it is most definitely for good reason. Doctor Sleep is a book where the idea of the Shining in the first book (which YES, read it) is developed more and made into another story.

What I found really interesting was Stephen King described Doctor Sleep in an interview as ‘what would happen if Jack Torrance had gone to AA (Alcoholics Anonymous)’. And on one level, yes – that absolutely makes sense. From a character standpoint, Dan Torrance is every inch like his father near the beginning of the book before AA kicks in.

However, the story itself is entirely different. The plot is entrancing, moving from Dan’s life, to Abra’s and then to the True Knot – the group of steamers that I’ve begun to think of Creepy Cultists. As the novel continues, the different lives begin to tangle and become one line of narrative – exciting and fun to read!

Character-wise, such a fun read. Dan and Casey, his AA mentor, have a great relationship that made me smile throughout the book. Abra and her family are also a great part of what makes the book so relatable, even though they truly go through some hard times. From a plot perspective, it has a lot of what makes the Shining such a great book, fantastic suspense and a plot that goes absolutely mad when the climax approaches!

Rating: 4.4/5 Stars 

Review Coming Soon: The Bookman’s Tale by Charlie Lovett

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