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This is the first time I have read this book. I know that seems odd, but it is not really a book that interested me very much. I guess you could say I was curious, having heard so much about it, to see if it lived up to the hype. Also it has been the big topic of conversation on many of my book forums because King has written a follow-up to the shining (Dr. Sleep).
Since it is such a well known book I won’t give a summary, just to say that everyone I spoke to said it was the scariest book they had ever read. All through this book I keep thinking, so when does it get scary. I kept waiting and it never happened. There were things happening that were supposed to be scary, but for some reason, they weren’t. A spooky hotel with bushes that come alive, a dead woman in a tub that isn’t really dead. I guess I heard too much or read too many spoilers that I didn’t get scared.
Watching Jack Torrance spin apart is an event in itself and the writing is above par. There is no doubt Stephen King is a brilliant writer and also a possibly (most likely) twisted individual. I was more frightened by Cujo, make that I was absolutely terrified by Cujo, I have never looked at Saint Bernards the same since I read it. It is not King’s writing I find fault with, I just didn’t find this book as terrifying as I was led to believe it was.