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Mike Reviews: Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
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Genre: Horror/Thriller

Format: Audiobook (also available on Kindle and paperback)

A group 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 grown up Doc (Dan Torrance) knows, and spunky 12-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 who can tell when someone’s about to die, he becomes “Doctor Sleep.”

Then Dan meets Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining he’s ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival.

The question fans of the original might ask; is it a worthy sequel to The Shining? And I have to say, yes, absolutely!

I might have even preferred this novel to the original, it’s hard to measure the two against each other because they’re quite different, even though the main character and the same “power” he and other characters share, are in both novels.

There also lacks the “cabin fever” element entranched in the original, as this story is set out over years, and across the country. The evil nature of the villains is less vague, but just as dark as the original force of evil that took over Jack, Dan’s father, and sent him on a violent mission.

I would absolutely recommend this for fans of the original. And fans of horror in general. I think it’s possible to read this without having read the original, but I would recommend reading that one first, anyway.

Goodreads rating: 4.1

Mike’s rating: 4.0

Page count: 531

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