Book Review: The Shining by Stephen King
My first Stephen King novel!
I always assumed his books were boring and never took an interest in his works besides watching the movies. I didn’t expect the novel to be so good and spooky! Also I really think the movie starring Jack Nicholson was a disaster. (That is just my opinion and don’t mean to offend any fans out there.) Despite of my opinion on the movie, I do think there is no better actor than Jack Nicholson to play Jack Torrence, I just wish the writers for the screenplay did a better job. (And again I don’t mean to offend any fans out there, I just really didn’t like the movie as much after reading the book).
This book is so suspenseful and terrifying you’ll never be able to put it down. This about Jack Torrance who takes on a job as caretaker of the Overlook Hotel during the winter months and moves there with his wife Wendy and son Danny. The Overlook is rumored to be haunted from the past decades. As we read the book, readers will realize that the hotel isn’t the only thing that is haunted but also Jack Torrence is haunted from his past of drinking and the consequences of it.
And through it all is Danny who has a gift called the shining, Jack’s six year old boy who knows more than any other boy his age. With his gift he experiences terrifying prophecies of danger to come and tries to learn how to read to try and figure out the word “redrum”.
I love the way Stephen King writes his characters in this novel. He shows us their flaws, the ghosts of their past, the way they want to overcome it and have a new start as a family, but it all falls apart in the Overlook Hotel, making this novel a terrifying, perfect for a Halloween read. I’m so excited to read Dr.Sleep, Misery, Pet Semetary, Dead Zone and Misery! I’m already planning a shelf for these books! 😅📚
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