Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

Doctor Sleep

The long-awaited sequel to the Shining has arrived!  This novel follows an adult Danny Torrance (now known as Dan) as he navigates through life battling alcoholism while working at various hospitals and hospices around the country.  He still has a bit of the Shine, which he uses to help others.  Along the way, he meets a young girl named Abra who has the same Shining that he does, only her abilities are much more powerful than Dan’s ever were.

Dan and Abra encounter a group called the True Knot who attempt to harness the power of children who have the shining.

The book doesn’t pack quite the punch of the original as far as scariness goes, but it is a well-written book.  What I enjoyed was following up on Dan, who experienced all these horrors when he was a child.  I’ve often wondered about these fictional characters who have experienced these horrible things.  What becomes of them after?  Do these events impact their lives? This book answers those questions.

If you read the Shining, I recommend this book.  However, if you haven’t, it is still an enjoyable read.  There is nothing in this book that requires knowledge from the first book to understand.

I almost always enjoy Stephen King novels, and Doctor Sleep is no exception.

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