At long last, the world has an answer to the question of what happened to the child from The Shining, that fabulously terrifying Stephen King novel? We have our long awaited answer in Doctor Sleep. This novel is the follow-up to the first book, and a stunning conclusion to the story it is. This story brings back a few old favorites such as Dan Torrance and his mother, Wendy, as well as Dick Halloran from The Shining. It also introduces us to quite a few new characters, some to love, some to loathe. I fell totally in love with this novel, and fans of Mr. King will not be disappointed in the least. I certainly wasn't.
Dan Torrance always knew he had a remarkable gift. His shining has never faded, even in his darkest hours. It has protected him and those he cared about most through some truly terrifying ordeals. He knew that, growing up, the residents of The Overlook may decide to visit him, and they did. He dealt with it, and grew up well. So it's a bit of a surprise when, at a new job in New Hampshire as an adult, a child's handwriting appears saying hi. Then a few years later, the same writing appears saying, Help me. On the other side of that writing is little Abra Stone. She's a child like Danny, but her shining is so brilliant, it's attracted the wrong attention. A group calling themselves The True Knot has targeted Abra, and she needs Dan's help to escape and survive. Can they escape the evil schemes of such a twisted group? Come back to The Overlook. We've been waiting for you.
Stephen King returns to the character and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance 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.
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, he becomes “Doctor Sleep.”
Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of devoted readers of The Shining and satisfy anyone new to this icon in the King canon.