I of course knew that I would love this book because Stephen King is one of my favourite authors. I can honestly say that I have liked everything that I have read by him. This is one of the more famous of his repertoire, so I was a little excited, and a bit apprehensive about reading it. Sometimes the more people that like a thing, the less likely that I am to. Which sounds strange, but I have always been a contrary sort of person. However, this one was fantastic. No matter that it has been made into a famous film that seemingly everyone in the world has seen, I loved it. (Then again, I haven’t seen the film…)
Even though I have not seen the film, I knew what was going to happen from the start. It was always obvious that things were not going to end happily for all of the characters, it just remained to be seen which ones survived to the end of the book. This didn’t make it any less tense and frightening though. Just because I knew that the hotel would get to Jack, didn’t mean that it didn’t scare me when it did. I particularly enjoyed (hated) the progress of Jack’s character throughout the novel. Especially when the hotel really starts to get its hooks into him. One part that really sent a chill down my spine was every time it mentioned Jack wiping his mouth with the back of his hand. It just seemed really sinister because we knew that the hotel was getting to him, but that he was still himself enough to return to old habits.
I also really enjoyed the way that King kept Danny quite young throughout parts of the book. He seemed so much more innocent, even having the knowledge that his ‘shining’ afforded him, when he couldn’t spell words. Not understanding what ‘redrum’ was, or that ‘sweet’ was in fact ‘suite’ was a really subtle way of keeping Danny a child. But as the novel progressed he seemed to lose some of that innocence, firstly when he learned to read and then as things took a turn for the worse in the hotel.
I think that my favourite character, or at least the one that shone the brightest for me, was Hallorann. I loved him and he was the only one that I really didn’t know what would happen to. It almost seemed as though King himself didn’t know whether Hallorann was going to die or not. I also got ‘Doctor Sleep’ for Christmas and I am looking forward to finding out what happened to Danny and the other survivors later on. I’ve got some other books to read before that though!
What did you think of the book?
Who was your favourite character?
Was the story as predictable for you as it was for me?
Have a lovely day,