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A good book but manage your expectations before picking this up,
This review is from: Doctor Sleep (Hardcover)
Let me start by explaining my love for the shining, I've read that book at least once a year if only to enjoy that sheer terror that I get every time I read it, Even though I know what's coming.
It's a classic book and one that people will read for many years to come.
When I heard S.King was writing a sequel I was as excited as I was nervous.
This book always had a huge act to follow and there in lies the problem.
As I picked up this book I expected great things, and I don't think it delivered, only because my expectations were so high.
This isn't like the Shining and could really be a stand alone book were it not for the protagonist Dan Torrence.
That said, it doesn't entirely disappoint. The book draws you in picking up so nicely where the shining ends. Describing what happened after the horror at the Overlook with a few of our favourite characters back in for good measure. As the story develops and were introduced to a cult like group called the true knot it looses it's way slightly and becomes a little bit more predictable, with none of the scares and anticipation that I'd hoped for.
The characters become likeable though not likeable enough that you dread anything happening to them and their are no twists and surprises to really engage you in the way that the likes of 11.22.63 etc have done recently (which really reminded us that this guy can write, and write very well)
Read it for yourself , but manage your own expectations and you'll enjoy this book.
Just don't expect it to joint the likes of Carrie, IT and The Shinning amongst the greats.