Doctor Sleep

Doctor Sleep - Stephen King

From Goodreads: Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.

On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless—mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and spunky twelve-year-old Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the “steam” that children with the “shining” produce when they are slowly tortured to death.

Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant “shining” power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes “Doctor Sleep.”

Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of devoted readers of The Shining and satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

Stephen King and I go way back to the 8th grade when I made the jump from The Babysitters Club to the world of adult novels. I read The Dark Half, and since then, I have kept a light burning for that King of Horror. Even through his not so great novels...(which were disturbingly frequent in recent years), I still help hope that his imagination and talent would once again get reintroduced and he'd go on to write many more great novels in his older age.
I am pleased to say, Stephen King has far surpassed my wishes. In just a short amount of time he has churned out quite a few novels of the type of caliber I never expected. Doctor Sleepcompletely shattered me. I knew that I was in for a treat after reading Mr. Mercedes last October, but Doctor Sleep was totally unexpected. 
I am not a huge fan of sequels...especially sequels for books that are older than I am...and certainly books in which I'm sure the author never intended on writing a sequel to in the first place. When Doctor Sleep was released, I figured that eventually I'd read it but I wasn't excited about it. In fact, it sat on my bookshelf for months before I finally got around to reading it. 
Doctor Sleep was just about perfect. While I can't say I lost any sleep over it (aside from the urge to stay up late reading), it had just the perfect balance of creepiness that made reading Doctor Sleep exactly what I want when reading a horror book. 
Reading The Shining before reading Doctor Sleep enhances the book, but it is not completely necessary. King does a good job at foreshadowing the major events of The Shining in a way that ties the two books together nicely....although it would be good to read The Shining anyway.