by Stephen King
The month of October is great for a good scary read. And Stephen King’s The Shining is so spine-tinglingly scary and suspenseful that little bumps in the night become very alarming. A sleeping-with-both-eyes-open-and-the-light-on kind of alarming. It is certainly a book to be read only during daylight hours.
Originally written in 1977, The Shining tells how 6-year-old Danny Torrance’s family is going through a little bit of a rough patch. His hot-tempered, alcoholic father has just gotten fired from his teaching position, and the caretaker job at the Overlook Hotel is his father’s last hope at doing something right with his life. But Danny already secretly knows all of this, along with the violent act that got his father fired, too. Danny has something his friend Dick Hallorann calls “the shine.” It’s a little bit more than your average psychic ability, and Danny has a mighty hefty dose of it. Of course he can sense people’s thoughts and feelings, but he also can see the future—and there is something about the Overlook Hotel that doesn't sit quite right. The soul of this hotel seems to be coming to life, along with some of its more demonic, ghostly occupants. Danny’s psychic abilities seem to have awakened something in this hotel, and the Overlook will stop at nothing to make Danny (and his abilities) a more permanent resident.
Doctor Sleep, Stephen King's much anticipated sequel to The Shining, was published last month.
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Review by Jennifer Green