The Shining by Stephen King

The ShiningSynopsis from Goodreads: What of the penetrating cold terror of an old hotel, a haunted place of seductive evil with a malevolent will of its own – and a five-year-old boy of innocent beauty whose mind mirrors the nightmarish secrets of its past?

Behind every door of the Overlook’s 110 empty rooms there is a chamber o horror. Little Danny knows of these things because he has the terrible power – The Shining.

Number of pages: 447
My review: REDRUM. REDRUM. This book not only thrilled me, but terrified me. I swear to you I had nightmares because I was reading it before bed.
So I (mistakenly) watched the movie before reading the book and it’s so different! Which you all probably know because I think I’m like the only person who has never read/watched The Shining. Either way I loved both equally!
The Shining (book) was just soo…creepy! Never in my life have I read a book that has creeped me out so much. Stephen King’s descriptions are so in depth and full of beautiful and deadly imagery.
I love how the book really builds up to the very end. We really see how the different characters descend into the madness of the Overlook Hotel and why each person is the way they are.
It really struck me how the dumbest things could suddenly seem terrifying. (The scene that scared me the most is when that dog is following Danny and is actually human. Oh gosh) It wasn’t the blood and gore that scares you it’s the mental stuff. The fact that a building could have its own thoughts and feelings or that past occupants could come back and take over your mind. Like our own bodies and minds turn against us and we become a separate human being.
I really like how The Shining delves into poor Danny’s confusion about his power and ability to read other’s thoughts and see past events. It put a whole other twist on the story and sort of showed how it wasn’t the characters fault that they went crazy, it was more the spirits and past people of the hotel.
Overall, I think Stephen King is a friggin genius and I cannot wait to read The Stand (the next on my list!)
Sometimes it got a little slow or repetitive but I always felt in the end that it was necessary to really enunciate a point throughout the whole book so the whole thing worked really awesomely and fantastically and other words for cool and great!
See you soon!

P.S. My review does not do this book justice. Just go read it. Seriously

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