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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It Show The Voices Of Abused Women.
Previous Book Review Stephen King, Rose Madder
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Norman Daniels is a complete nutter. Apart from being the nastiest bigot on earth, he regularly beats his wife, Rose, to within an inch of her life. After a miscarriage and several trips to hospital, Rose suddenly decides she's had enough, and leaves. Up until this point, she's never known anything...
Published on 29 July 1998

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3.0 out of 5 stars Promising start, fairly average overall
I suppose i would sum up this story as OK. It starts well and progresses with a promising storyline. However, I think the supernatural element spoils it because it turns a believable story into something that seems a bit, well silly. Perhaps it would have been better if, like some of King's other stories, it had remained in the real world. Still worth a read though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It Show The Voices Of Abused Women., 29 July 1998
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Previous Book Review Stephen King, Rose Madder
Synopsis
Norman Daniels is a complete nutter. Apart from being the nastiest bigot on earth, he regularly beats his wife, Rose, to within an inch of her life. After a miscarriage and several trips to hospital, Rose suddenly decides she's had enough, and leaves. Up until this point, she's never known anything different, and assumed that every marriage was this way.
The story takes a great many turns as it follows Rose's life as a free woman (although Norman is always hot on her heels - he wants to teach her a lesson), and through a paranormal encounter with what seems to be herself in a parallel dimension, she finds the power to turn her life completely around.
My Thoughts
A few years ago, it seemed to me that Stephen King was moving towards a v! ery formulaic style of writing, easy to get used to and to predict. I am happy to say that this has been improving immensely in recent publications. In Rose Madder, he has achieved something I never thought anyone would...
I very rarely find a writer who is able to stir strong emotions in me - reality always stays firmly rooted in the back of my mind ("This is just a book, it's not real"), and so the writing does not affect me too deeply (perhaps this is the reason I am able to read some pretty nasty horror books - and watch gross-out videos - without having nightmares afterwards?). Rose Madder is somehow different. I actually found myself vehemently hating Norman Daniels, and feeling sorry for Rose. Perhaps it is because I have met people who could so easily turn into Norman, or simply because I haven't been reading the ri! ght books - I don't know. Either way, Stephen ! King has matured with age.
I would recommend Rose Madder to anyone without too squeamish a disposition, whether Stephen King aficionados or not. The plot may seem a little thin at times, but the emotional content made it for me, and the almost surreal paranormal side-plot serves as an exciting distraction from the sometimes painful realism of Rose's situation.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 16 May 2008
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This review is from: Rose Madder (Paperback)
Rose Madder is an excellent read, I can't recommend it enough. It starts off rather slow, but Rose's journey from Buffalo to Chicago (for some reason the names of the cities are never mentioned but it is wasy to work out with a map and city references etc.) and how she copes in her new life are fascinating. Then, in the second half of the book, the husband she was fleeing from tracks her down and kills anyone who gets in his way. In creating Norman Daniels I think King has created one of his mightiest monsters - far scarier than the vampire in Salem's Lot, the cop in Desperation or even Randall Flagg.
The descriptions of Norman's killing spree in Chicago do not make for easy reading, and is some of the most grizzly and disturbing stuff I have ever read by King. The only odd thing is the supernatural element to this book, it is totally unexpected (and initially unwelcome) but doesn't take up too many pages. Rose Madder would make an awesome and terrifying film, with or without the supernatural stuff, and I found I cared for what happened to Rose much, much more than I cared about Jessie in Gerald's Game or Dolores Claiborne, as her development is gradual and enormous.
One of King's better works from the 1990's.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 5 Jun 2013
This review is from: Rose Madder (Kindle Edition)
One of his best works. He builds the character of Rose and you find yourself on edge and rooting for her. I love the magic of the supernatural element and the final task is purely gripping!! I love the mythological feel to the story. I've read this book about 3 times and I am now downloading it onto my Kindle to read after The Talisman. A fabulous Summer read!! :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Three page-turning novels by the King of Horror, 21 April 1998
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This review is from: Stephen King's Latest
I've been a Stephen King fan since I was in fifth grade (when I first read Misery), and I will be for life. He has never disappointed me. From his epic Dark Tower series (which is great) to his short stories he always writes with great depth. In the three books here: Rose Madder, Insomnia, and Dolores Claiborne he has yet again put together a trilogy of masterpieces. In Rose Madder a young wife finally works up enough strength to leave her abusive husband, who is also a cop. The cop doesn't let her go that easily and follows her cross country and tries to kill her. King throws a twist into the story, however, once the wife can enter a painting and go back and forth through time. A must read. Insomnia is about an old man who at first can't sleep but then begins to see "visions" and people who can cut the thread of life, so he knows who is going to die. His nemisis in the story is the Crimson King who...I don't want to tell to much. This story gets a little long at parts (near the middle), but it is a very long book anyway. Good read. Dolores Claiborne is about a woman who finds out her husband has had sexual experiences with their young daughter. During a solar eclipse she kills him and nobody ever finds out who did it, until... I love how this book ties in with Geralds Game. To find out how read the books. This one is very good (the movie was okay too - but not as good). So, I think everyone should read these books because they are 1)suspensful, 2)entertaining, 3)written by Stephen King, trust me you won't be disappointed. by the way my favorite Stephen King book is "IT"
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4.0 out of 5 stars Even at half-power, Stephen's still the King, 15 April 1998
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This review is from: Stephen King's Latest
Stephen King's ascent from free-lance scribe to multi-million-selling-brand-name-writing-industry is a fascinating case. His scintillating first novel, "Carrie", was published in an era where horror novels were quite out of vogue--but it still succeeded. His third effort, "The Stand", was an 800+ page monolith that broke every rule from "How To Become A Best Selling Novelist"--it was long (verrrrry long), multi-layered, and really really dark. But again, King succeeded. By the time the nineties rolled around, King's loyal fan base knew that their man could be relied on to deliver an entertaining, readable, and verrrrry long fright-fest. Through hard work and consistancy, Stephen King had deservedly earned the total trust of his readers. But sometime around 1988, I suspect the prolific scare-meister realized that his fans would, with very little question, follow him anywhere. So the Horror King decided to put it in cruise control. "Stephen King's Latest", a set of three novels from the early nineties, epitomizes the problems of King's more recent work. In "Dolores Clairborne," King's fascination (or obsession) with his homestate of Maine kills an otherwise interesting little mystery. The picayune historical details about the state, combined with the native-Maine dialect that permiates most of the dialogue, turns the book into somewhat of an endurance test. In "Gerald's Game", King semi-overbearing, soapbox-jumping attitude about feminism (he's all for it--what a guy!) overrides the clever, sexually-charged premise. And the creepy (and verrrrry long) "Insomnia"--though closer in tone and spirit to vintage King outings like "The Stand" and "The Dead Zone"--is in dire need of an editor's red pencil. All that said, this troika of books nonetheless demonstrates that even at half-power, Stephen King is a true pop fiction craftsman who will always be able to snare a reader by the cortex, and not let go. "Dolores Clairborne", "Gerald's Game", and "Insomnia" are relatively tasty in their own right, but to experience Steve at full power, stick with the early stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The King of Horror, 13 April 1998
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This review is from: Stephen King's Latest
These three stories are not King's best works, but they are indeed great works. King's books are always interesting and fun to read. He has made an art of horror in modern literature.
The first story, Dolores Claiborne, is really a story about the trying times between a mother and a daughter. Dolores has been accused of killing the elderly lady she has taken care of for years. Her daughter, who she has not seen in years, comes to help her with the her legal problems. Soon the story takes a turn, going back 20 years to another murder that might have been done by Dolores. It was the murder of her husband...This is a very interesting story that takes wild turns and twist until the dramatic end.

Insomnia is the second novel included in this collection. This is a longer story about a man whose bad case of insomnia drives him near madness. But is his sleep problems all mental, or is there an outside force working on him and the town he inhabits? This story won't put you to sleep.

The last story in this collection is Rose Madder. Rose's husband, a small town cop, seemed like a good man when she decided to marry him, but she soon finds out she is wrong. He turns out to be a monsterious wife beater. She lives in hell with him for 10 years before finally walking out on him while he is at work. With nothing to her name she heads to the big city. But still she is not safe from her maniac husband, who begins a killing spree across the country to find his wife, Rose, and to make sure she knows that no one ever leaves him.

This is a great collection of Stephen King's novels. So get it, turn off all the lights in your house, and enter King's nightmare world of horror.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it before but still love it, 12 July 2013
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I have read many of Stephen King books and love them all.

I love the way Rose's ex-husband get his comeuppance.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic introductory book for new born King fans!, 15 Feb 2002
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This review is from: Rose Madder (Paperback)
Wow! This is a great book! If you're really into horror, suspense and you love frighteningly realistic gory bits in a book, then you have got to read this!
The storyline of Rose Madder is really good. It might seem quite simple to outsiders to King's work but once you're only a couple of pages into it, you begin to see him twist our world into something quite different...
Throughout this book there is enough suspense to catch hold of even the hardiest of readers and I guarantee that you WILL NOT be able to put it down! Norman is a really strong character who everyone will love to hate, and who brings most of the suspense into the book with his wicked ways. Any sane female who reads this book will love Rosie as to me, she is the ultimate in girl power! She grows so much as a character and i promise, you will travel along with her, feeling her triumphs, her emotions and generally rooting for her when she has to finally face her past.
The ending of this book some might say seems....well...unfinished? No way. If you've got the imagination, then you'll realise that Stephen King has left us with just enough to think about...
Rose Madder was the first Stephen King book I ever read and since then I have gone on to read about 26 more but it still remains one of, if not my favourite book.
Watch out...Really Rosie is definately a big deal!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rose's growth throughtout the book kept me reading, 9 July 1998
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This review is from: Rose Madder (Hardcover)
While I may be a little late in reading this book, "Rose Madder" kept me on the edge of my seat just wanting to know what was going to happen next. Mr. King's use of writing has always allowed me to use some imagination and, let me tell you, I pictured Rose's husband getting exactly what he deserved. It is a book that should be read by people in situations where they feel they can't get out of. Although hard at the beginning, Rose became the woman she had always had in her. Thank you Mr. King for making a book that I was glad to give one of my friends in the hope that she gets out of where she is and grows to be what she was meant to be all along.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent trio, 13 April 1997
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My favorite Stephen King books have always been his Dark Tower series; that is until these three came out. And what convenience to have them altogether.
Dolores Claiborne is wonderfully written from the main charactrer's view point. Insomnia definetly made it hard to sleep, couldn't put it down. And Rose Madder, may favorite of the three. Involved a case of domestic violence, a woman fighting for her life and freedom from a twisted cop.
A must read trio. King's best three books in one.
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