Dates: August 25th - October 25th
Synopsis: 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 tween 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 …
My thoughts: Good God, I’ve been excited for this one. And it did not disappoint. From the first mention of REDRUM, to the cameos from surviving characters and right up to the unexpected moment near the end, I was hooked. If you liked The Shining, then chances are you’ll like this. I certainly did. A few moments in the latter half of the book even left me shocked and slightly amazed, as if these people were real. But then I did first read about Dan Torrance when I was 13, so he has been with me for 15 years.
The one TINY thing that spoiled this for me, was in the Author’s Note at the end where King has a sly dig at Kubrick’s masterpiece. I can understand where he’s coming from, but he doesn’t have to keep brining it up. This of course doesn’t mar the story in anyway though.