Doctor Sleep

Doctor Sleep

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With a stunning new cover look, King's 'powerful sequel to The Shining' (Observer) - an instant international No. 1 bestseller.

Following a childhood haunted by terrifying events at the Overlook Hotel, Dan Torrance has been drifting for decades. Finally, he settles into a job at a nursing home where he draws on his remnant 'shining' power to provide crucial comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes 'Doctor Sleep'.

Then he meets Abra Stone, a girl with 'the brightest shining' ever seen. But her gift is attracting the beautiful yet merciless Rose the Hat and her followers The True Knot. They may look harmless, the sort of people who are devoted to their campers and RVs, but they live off the 'steam' that children like Abra produce.

Now Dan must call upon his powers once more as he battles for Abra's soul and survival - facing his fears and reawakening ghosts from his past.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 40mm | 349g
  • Hodder Paperback
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9781444761184
  • 4,123

Review Text

King's own supplies of creative steam show little sign of being depleted. The Sunday Times
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Review quote

King's own supplies of creative steam show little sign of being depleted. * The Sunday Times * A powerful sequel to The Shining * Observer * King finds a mode of the supernatural that has a melancholic beauty * Guardian, Book of the Week * By the end of this book your fingers will be mere stubs of their former selves...King's inventiveness and skill show no signs of slacking: Doctor Sleep has all the virtues of his best work * Margaret Atwood, New York Times * A gripping, powerful novel, all the more so for being patently heartfelt * Financial Times * King's own supplies of creative steam show little sign of being depleted. * The Sunday Times * A powerful sequel to The Shining * Observer * King finds a mode of the supernatural that has a melancholic beauty * Guardian, Book of the Week * All the virtues of his best work * Margaret Atwood, New York Times * A gripping, powerful novel, all the more so for being patently heartfelt * Financial Times * King is a very remarkable and singular writer. He can catch dialogue, throw away an observation or mint a simile, sometimes, brilliantly...Storytelling is everything - and by golly does he know how to carry the reader. * Observer * Sheer page-turning suspense . . . addictive . . . a triumph from the world's finest horror novelist * Sunday Express * It's a gripping, powerful novel, all the more so for being patently heartfelt. * Financial Times * King finds a mode of the supernatural that has a melancholic beauty while avoiding spiritualist blather * Guardian * Doctor Sleep is a warm, entertaining novel by a man who is no longer the prisoner of his demons, but knows where to find them when he needs to call on them. * Daily Telegraph * Thirty-six years on from his horror classic, THE SHINING, Stephen King's sequel shows he still has plenty of creative steam. * The Sunday Times * King has written a sequel, the tale of what happened to little Danny when he grew up. Need one say more? It cannot fail...the best thing to emerge from King's glittering, warped imagination is of mundane, small-town America corrupted by hidden forces...you cannot but respect his ruthless expertise as a storyteller...even those of us who would never freely pick up a Stephen King must genuflect to a master. * The Times * Stephen King's frightscapes are among the most incredible in literature, yet one believes in them unquestioningly. * Spectator * Terrifying and, as always, brilliantly-crafted tale, you won't be left wanting. But you may be left scared. * Sun * A magnificent sequel to one of the finest horror yarns written....Brilliant. * Daily Express * highly anticipated sequel to his bestselling 1977 novel The Shining. * Daily Express Saturday Mag * the book remains hopeful and hugely humane. * Irish Times * Doctor Sleep has a tightness, an economy, after some of the lengthier novels of recent years, but also a lightness of touch. It reads less like a horror novel than a thriller and ends on a scene of intimate and intense human contact, a gift of consolation at the moment of death. * Irish Times * King is too skilled a storyteller for Doctor Sleep to be anything other than unputdownable. * Mail On Sunday * Both an excellent sequel to The Shining and a strong novel in its own right, this is one of King's best books in the last decade. * SciFi Bulletin * Suspenseful, thrilling and packed with twists....an incredibly sincere piece of writing. * Time Out * It still grips, just differently than the original. * Shortlist * King still remains the daddy of them all. * Metro * ...the novel's deepest shiverings depend on no made-up devils. * Guardian * For the truth is, there are few writers who have such a way with character (and that character delivered through authorial peeks into thought and feeling, is so important in his books)...Once his stories get their hooks into you, they're impossible to put down....The denouement of the novel takes place in autumn, and that's no coincidence. You can practically smell the leaf piles burning, their fragrant smoke mixed with that of funeral pyres. * sfx.co.uk * This brilliant sequel....King [is] a genius at transforming the ordinary into the utterly horrific... * Evening Standard * This is the master on top form, drawing his readers in with his amazing storytelling power - first with the tension, then with the richness and details of the scene-setting and characterisation. * Daily Mail *
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About Stephen King

STEPHEN KING is the author of more than sixty books, all worldwide bestsellers. His recent titles include The Institute, which was described by the Sunday Express as a 'masterpiece', The Outsider (voted winner of the Goodreads Choice Award for best Mystery and Thriller 2018), and If It Bleeds.

Many of his titles have been turned into celebrated films, TV series and streamed events including IT, 'a book which speaks to everybody' (Guardian), The Shawshank Redemption and Stand By Me.

King was the recipient of America's prestigious 2014 National Medal of Arts and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. In 2007 he also won the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. He lives with his wife Tabitha King in Maine.
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Rating details

220,280 ratings
4.1 out of 5 stars
5 39% (85,226)
4 40% (87,452)
3 16% (36,034)
2 4% (8,373)
1 1% (3,195)

Our customer reviews

It doesn't compare to The Shining but it's as good as its sequel could be. You can't help but be a little disappointed at the way Danny turned out and I personally could not sympathize with him as much as I did with his father Jack, but it is understandable because it was written in completely different times in the author's life. In my opinion, it still deserves the 5 stars because you just can't put it down. Also, one very positive thing is that it can be read and enjoyed even if you have not read The Shining. It stands on its own and is quite enthralling.show more
by Ana Silva
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