My Review of Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
I’ve been catching up on reviews of some of the books I’ve read over the past several months and this is the last one, Doctor Sleep by Stephen King.
Doctor Sleep is a continuation of The Shining, written by Stephen King and first published in 1977. It develops the story of little Danny Torrance, the boy with the shining who escaped from his father with the help of his mother, Overlook chef, Richard Hallorann, and a over-wrought boiler that exploded due to an inoperative relief valve. That was the official story anyhow.
As a reader, you’d like to think this boy’s life was peaceful and rewarding given the horror he lived through at the hotel and the hard life he’d had before that living with a father who was a drunk. But then, there’d be no story to tell.
King manages to incorporate an intriguing story about Danny, the man, and his personal demons, while including pieces from the original story, The Shining, to please readers such as myself who absolutely loved the book (not the 1980 Jack Nicolson movie—that, I could do without. Now the 1997 Steven Weber one, that was good) and all of its horror.
Torrance is on the move drinking his way from the South to the Northeast, and ends up in Frazier, home of Teenytown. He starts his life in Frazier working for the Frazier Municipal Department, befriending Billy Freeman and meeting Casey Kingsley, his boss who becomes his AA benefactor as Dan battles alcoholism (the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree). Dan’s life settles down until an unknown person with a shining ability contacts him in subtle, then not-so-subtle, random ways. Dan soon learns of a group called the True Knot—some not-very-nice people who have been around for centuries (some of them alive during that entire time). The story that unfolds is a race against evil as only Stephen King can do it.
If you liked The Shining, read this. If you liked either of the movies, read this. If you like Stephen King or horror stories, read this. Well done story to wrap up Danny Torrance’s life.