Book Review: The Shining by Stephen King
Author: Stephen King
Series: Book One in The Shining series
Published: January 28, 1977
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 Stars
Jack Torrance’s new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he’ll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote…and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.
I finally decided to read The Shining. Ivan and I have watched the movie multiple times and we love the story. Strangely enough, my brother read the book before I did and he watched the movie with us once and he kept bringing up the book. I was intrigued so I started reading. What a great book! I’ll admit that there is the typical King slump right smack dab in the middle where it doesn’t seem like the book will ever end. But aside from that, the story is fascinating! I’d love to go stay at the Overlook Hotel sometime!
Jack and Wendy Torrence have an interesting relationship that I spent a lot of time pondering, even when I wasn’t reading. One can’t help considering what one would do differently if one was in their position. I’ll give it to Jack, he does make an effort! But I also understand Wendy’s frustration. Throw in a bunch of ghosts and a strange kid with an imaginary friend . . . A descent into madness was inevitable! Overall, this was a great book that I’d recommend to anyone who wants a creepy read.