King's own supplies of creative steam show little sign of being depleted. * The Sunday Times * A powerful sequel to The Shining * Observer * King finds a mode of the supernatural that has a melancholic beauty * Guardian, Book of the Week * By the end of this book your fingers will be mere stubs of their former selves...King's inventiveness and skill show no signs of slacking: Doctor Sleep has all the virtues of his best work * Margaret Atwood, New York Times * A gripping, powerful novel, all the more so for being patently heartfelt * Financial Times * King is a very remarkable and singular writer. He can catch dialogue, throw away an observation or mint a simile, sometimes, brilliantly...Storytelling is everything - and by golly does he know how to carry the reader. * Observer * Doctor Sleep is King expertly returning to the milieu of his most beloved novels, combining not just elements from the original Shining but themes and imagery familiar from King's books, including Carrie, Salem's Lot, Firestarter and It. It also has a structure King has often utilised before, with a group of essentially good people having to band against a gang of baddies but within this structure King works masterful variations, showing just with a brilliant storyteller he is. When King is on form, as he is in Doctor Sleep, he has no rivals for sheer page-turning suspense. It is as addictive as anything he has written: a triumph from the world's finest horror novelist. * Sunday Express * It's a gripping, powerful novel, all the more so for being patently heartfelt. * Financial Times * King finds a mode of the supernatural that has a melancholic beauty while avoiding spiritualist blather * Guardian * Doctor Sleep is a warm, entertaining novel by a man who is no longer the prisoner of his demons, but knows where to find them when he needs to call on them. * Daily Telegraph * Thirty-six years on from his horror classic, THE SHINING, Stephen King's sequel shows he still has plenty of creative steam. * The Sunday Times * King has written a sequel, the tale of what happened to little Danny when he grew up. Need one say more? It cannot fail...the best thing to emerge from King's glittering, warped imagination is of mundane, small-town America corrupted by hidden forces...you cannot but respect his ruthless expertise as a storyteller...even those of us who would never freely pick up a Stephen King must genuflect to a master. * The Times * Stephen King's frightscapes are among the most incredible in literature, yet one believes in them unquestioningly. * Spectator * Terrifying and, as always, brilliantly-crafted tale, you won't be left wanting. But you may be left scared. * Sun * A magnificent sequel to one of the finest horror yarns written....Brilliant. * Daily Express * highly anticipated sequel to his bestselling 1977 novel The Shining. * Daily Express Saturday Mag * the book remains hopeful and hugely humane. -- John Connolly * Irish Times * Doctor Sleep has a tightness, an economy, after some of the lengthier novels of recent years, but also a lightness of touch. It reads less like a horror novel than a thriller and ends on a scene of intimate and intense human contact, a gift of consolation at the moment of death. -- John Connolly * Irish Times * King is too skilled a storyteller for Doctor Sleep to be anything other than unputdownable. * Mail On Sunday * Both an excellent sequel to The Shining and a strong novel in its own right, this is one of King's best books in the last decade. * SciFi Bulletin * Suspenseful, thrilling and packed with twists....an incredibly sincere piece of writing. * Time Out * It still grips, just differently than the original. * Shortlist * King still remains the daddy of them all. * Metro * ...the novel's deepest shiverings depend on no made-up devils. * Guardian * For the truth is, there are few writers who have such a way with character (and that character deliver
STEPHEN KING is the author of more than seventy books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His crime thrillers featuring Holly Gibney include Mr Mercedes, winner of the Edgar Award for best novel, and The Outsider, both of which were adapted into successful TV series, as well as Finders Keepers, End of Watch and the title story from If It Bleeds. Many of his titles are the basis for major motion pictures including IT, Stand By Me (adapted from The Body) and The Shawshank Redemption, which is IMDb's top-rated movie of all time. King is the recipient of The Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence 2022, the 2020 Audio Publishers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2018 PEN America Literary Service Award, the 2014 National Medal of Arts, and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.