Micro-Review #29: Doctor Sleep

by Stephen King

In the sequel to The Shining, little Danny Torrance is all grown up and trying to stay off the bottle. He still has the shining, as does twelve-year-old Abra, who’s being targeted by vampiric immortals who want to suck out her magical essence and stash her body in a culvert somewhere. There’s some genuine spookiness here, and a page-turning run-up to the climax, but the story as a whole lacks a sense of discovery. It’s workmanlike escapism—just not in the same class as King’s best novels. Reviewed on Jan. 21, 2021

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