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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, September 2013: What ever happened to Danny Torrance? For the 36 years since The Shining was first published, the answer has been left to our imaginations. Finally we catch up with Dan as his creator envisions him: a flawed middle-aged man with a tragic past -- his special gift, "shining," dulled with age and alcohol. He's "Doctor Sleep" now, a hospice worker who eases the end of patients' lives. He also happens to be the only one who can help a little girl with her own special gift. This is not simply The Shining II. Not only does this story stand on its own, it manages to magnify the supernatural quality that first drew us to young Danny, expanding its mystery and its intensity in a way that might even reach beyond this book into the rest of the King-iverse... and beyond. (Easter egg alert: look for the nod to King's son Joe Hill's recent book N0S4A2.) --Robin A. Rothman
Iconic horror author King (Joyland) picks up the narrative threads of The Shining many years on. Young psychic Danny Torrance has become a middle-aged alcoholic (he now goes by Dan), bearing his powers and his guilt as equal burdens. A lucky break gets him a job in a hospice in a small New England town. Using his abilities to ease the passing of the terminally ill, he remains blissfully unaware of the actions of the True Knot, a caravan of human parasites crisscrossing the map in their RVs as they search for children with the shining (psychic abilities of the kind that Dan possesses), upon whom they feed. When a girl named Abra Stone is born with powers that dwarf Dan&'s, she attracts the attention of the True Knot&'s leader—the predatory Rose the Hat. Dan is forced to help Abra confront the Knot, and face his own lingering demons. Less terrifying than its famous predecessor, perhaps because of the author&'s obvious affection for even the most repellant characters, King&'s latest is still a gripping, taut read that provides a satisfying conclusion to Danny Torrance&'s story. Agent: Chuck Verrill, Darhansoff & Verrill Literary Agents. (Oct.)See all Editorial Reviews
Although not as iconic as it's predecessor, "The Shining", Doctor Sleep is still an excellent read. Read morePublished 11 hours ago by Allison C.
I read "The Shining" and "Dr. Sleep" back to back this summer. The book The Shining is much superior to the movie. Then to follow it up with Dr. Read morePublished 2 days ago by chicagogerry
2 AND 1/2 STARS
I was definitely underwhelmed after reading this book. This really only had enough story for maybe a two hundred page novella, but King managed to milk... Read more
In this book Stephen King has returned as the master of suspense. Truly a good bookPublished 2 days ago by Cookie
As sequels go, this is one of the best. The Shining has been one of my favorite SK novels,and this sequel didn't disappoint one bit. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Brad Secrest
Enjoyed it, though the ending seemed a bit convoluted.. Loved the characters and story though.Published 5 days ago by Joe
very enjoyable sequel to The Shining, which I also liked very much - one of my favorite authorsPublished 5 days ago by Robyn Pennay
I loved this book. It was an awesome sequel to The Shining. In my opinion it was vintage Stephen King.Published 5 days ago by Genny Downs