Book: The Shining

First book of The Shining series

Originally Published: January 28, 1977

By: Stephen King

Despite being one of Stephen King’s most popular and beloved novels, The Shining fails to capture the horror of his works.

Recovering alcoholic Jack Torrance takes a position as caretaker of the secluded Overlook Hotel in Colorado during its off-season in the winter. He moves there with his wife Wendy and son Danny, the latter of which has psychic abilities – referred to as “the shining” – that allows him to view horrific parts of the hotel’s past.

While there are moments where Jack seems to be redeemable, he abuses both Wendy and Danny to the point where you’re hoping he fails.

King also fills the book with too much description. While the character development is great, every time there’s a scary moment, it’s followed up by about 50 pages of bland description.

Final say: A dim thrill. ★★☆☆☆

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