Evanston Library Book Review: ‘Doctor Sleep’ by Stephen King

Stephen King’s newest novel, Doctor Sleep, picks up the story of Danny Torrance, the boy terrorized by ghosts (and his father) in King’s 1977 novel, The Shining.  Now a fortysomething recovering alcoholic, Dan still has some degree of psychic power, which he puts to good use easing the suffering of terminally ill patients at a hospice. When Abra, a girl with an unprecedented level of “shining,” attracts the attention of both Dan and a traveling band of psychic vampires, Dan is drawn into a fight against evil. Although the writing gets slightly didactic, the story is fast paced and satisfying.  While you wait to get your hands on Doctor Sleep, try King’s recent time-travel novel 11/22/63, or something by his son, horror writer Joe Hill.  (Genevieve Guran)

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