Review: Doctor Sleep – Stephen King

Hardcover: 544 pages
Publisher: Scribner (September 24, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1476727651
ISBN-13: 978-1476727653
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Danny Torrance – Middle Aged, recovering alcoholic with psychic abilities.
Abra Stone – A young girl with psychic powers of her own, powers that make her a target for evil.
Rose – Leader of the True Knot, a band of traveling, “spirit sucking” vampire types.


The last time we saw Danny Torrance he was escaping the burning Overlook Hotel. Now he’s much older and following in his father’s tragic footsteps. A young girl named Arba is being discovered to have her own special abilities, much like Danny did when he was young. This young girl though is in danger from a group know as the True Know who wants to feed on her energy.


This novel is a sequel to, and one I consider a worthy successor to The Shining. You can feel the terror emanating from the True Knot, and see how vicious they can be when they are turned lose on one of their victims. At the same time, you see a now middle aged Dan Torrence, trying to recover from alcoholism, while working in a hospice. In this hospice, he’s became known for being able to help those who are dying cross over. Then he is contacted by a young girl named Arba. This is when he’s pulled into something very reminiscent of his young childhood.

This has actually been one of my favorite Stephen King novels so far, though I’ve only read this, the Shining, and Carrie. I found there to be a lot of tension, dark characters in The Knot, and you really care about the main characters and want them to survive. After reading this, I’m very interested in going back and reading other novels such as It, and Under the Dome. However, with the Halloween Season coming up, I’d definitely recommend this for all you horror fans, particularly you fans of The Shining who have wondered what became of Dan Torrance.

About the Author

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes Doctor Sleep and Under the Dome, now a major TV miniseries on CBS.

His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers Association.

He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

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4 Responses to “Review: Doctor Sleep – Stephen King”

  1. Martha Kuhn Says:

    Where’s the review?

  2. Rick Rhodes Says:

    Thanks Martha, It was there. I’ll have to find out what happened. :-)

  3. Rick Rhodes Says:

    Martha, Marjorie Roy, and Becky, the Review is out there now. It pulled up the wrong version of the post. :-)

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