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Doctor Sleep

This is Horror Novel of the Year, 2013

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781444761191

Price: £9.99

ON SALE: 24th September 2013

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The major motion picture starring Ewan McGregor available from Netflix May 2022

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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Obviously a masterpiece, probably the best supernatural novel in a hundred years.
Peter Straub on <i>The Shining</i>
The most remarkable storyteller in modern American literature.
Mark Lawson, <i>Guardian</i>
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.
Doctor Sleep is King expertly returning to the milieu of his most beloved novels, combining not just elements from the original Shining but themes and imagery familiar from King's books, including Carrie, Salem's Lot, Firestarter and It. It also has a structure King has often utilised before, with a group of essentially good people having to band against a gang of baddies but within this structure King works masterful variations, showing just with a brilliant storyteller he is. When King is on form, as he is in Doctor Sleep, he has no rivals for sheer page-turning suspense. It is as addictive as anything he has written: 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.
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.
Terrifying and, as always, brilliantly-crafted tale, you won't be left wanting. But you may be left scared.
A magnificent sequel to one of the finest horror yarns written....Brilliant.
Daily Express
the book remains hopeful and hugely humane.
John Connolly, 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.
John Connolly, 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
King still remains the daddy of them all.
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.
King's own supplies of creative steam show little sign of being depleted.
The Sunday Times
A powerful sequel to The Shining
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