Long awaited sequels are usually a serious disappointment especially if the author happens to be one of your favorites. You debate over whether you should even read the second book because nothing could compare to the original. You pray that the characters are strong enough to get you through the rehashed plot.
Surprisingly, the sequel to “The Shining ” does not let you down. “Doctor Sleep” actually ambushed me with its unique twists and turns from the labyrinth of the original Overlook Maze of Terror that a small boy had to navigate to find his freedom, to the adult trials of Dan Torrance shaking free his vices, addictions and fears while battling old demons. “Doctor Sleep” stands on its own. You do not have to read “The Shining” to really enjoy the sequel. (Although, if you haven’t read The Shining I really recommend you do.)
The book opens with Danny Torrance in the years just following his escape from The Overlook Hotel with his mother Wendy. There is a quick flash back to the events that happened at the hotel and some appearances of ghosts past that have the little boy, Danny, still fearing for his life.No Comments on The Second Coming of the Shining: “Doctor Sleep” by Stephen King