Stephen King needs no introduction. He is the quintessential fiction writer encompassing mystery, thriller, love and horror. Most, to this day, don’t realize King’s writing is more than just horror. He also authored Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, 11/22/63, all of which spawned Oscar nominated movies and a Netflix series respectively.
King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining. Doctor Sleep is a riveting novel about the now middle-aged Danny(Dan) Torrance and a twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous quasi-immortals.
In Doctor Sleep, a tribe of people called the True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless— a mixed bunch of mostly old travelers married to their RVs. The True Knot appear to be immortal, living off the steam that children with the shining produce when they are slowly tortured to death.
Haunted by the horrific memories of the Overlook Hotel, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. He lives a subdued life in a New Hampshire town, working as an orderly in a hospice where his shining power helps terminally ill patients pass away.
Then Dan meets the precocious Abra Stone, and her shining is brighter, stronger and more dangerous. Abra’s abilities reignite Dan’s own demons and drags him into the world of dealing with evil he’d thought was in the past. He must fight for Abra’s survival (reminiscent of the way Dick Hallorann protected a young Danny at the Overlook). This is an epic war between good and evil, a glorious story that will thrill the millions of devoted fans of The Shining.
I loved Doctor Sleep and for anyone who’s wondering how little Danny turned out – well wonder no more. What other character would you want to see come back to life from a Stephen King novel?