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The sins of the father are visited upon the son, and thanks to “the shine” the ghosts of the past are dragged into the present in Stephen King’s thrilling, chilling sequel to The Shining. Doctor Sleep is a parable about self-enslavement – to alcohol, to memories, to the spark of life itself – and sometimes the only way to break free of those shackles is to shake hands with the Angel of Death. More than ghosts, Dan Torrance fears he’ll turn into his father, so he does karmic penance as a hospice caregiver. Dan becomes a psychic midwife for the dying, helping their troubled souls cross-over with the shining, earning him the nickname Doctor Sleep. Contacted by a girl who eclipses his power, Dan is drawn into a war against the True Knot, a tribe of soul-sucking nomads who prey on “Shiners.” Doctor Sleep gives a whole new meaning to “passing the torch.” It had me flipping pages with abraded fingers.
– R. J. Crowther Jr.
— From Rob Crowther
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.