“Jack Torrance’s new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he’ll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote…and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.”
After my first success reading Stephen King in February, I knew that I wanted to continue on with more of his works.
So I went back into his earlier works to one of the most well known horror/thrillers of all time. The Shining.
I will say that, compared to my experience reading Mr. Mercedes (you can find my review of it here!), this was kind of a disappointment for me.
Now, keep in mind, I had never read this book previously, nor had I seen the movie. But I did know the basic premise of the movie before. I think that it was a mistake thinking that the book would be the same or have similar qualities to the clips of the movie that I have seen.
I was wrong.
Starting off with the characters, I liked them all but I don’t think that we needed the story from 3 different perspectives. It made it a little confusing at times to tell who was telling that part of the story.
I loved seeing the story through Danny’s eyes. We, the readers, don’t usually get a lot of books told from the perspective of a child. I can only think of one other off the top of my head. But seeing this particular story told from the perspective of a 5 year old just gave this new element of amazement to my enjoyment of this book.
As far as the other perspectives, I only think that we need one of the perspectives of the parents. Jack was the main character of the story so I only think his and Danny’s perspectives were necessary. I wanted more character development of Jack’s dive into insanity but the mix of the other perspectives interfered with that. It might have been better if we just had Jack’s perspective or maybe its just me.
Then going into the plot, I had a lot of problems with it. Like I said, I think the book was told from too many perspectives which made the plot just extremely confusing. I could barely tell what was going on half of the time. It was also very slow at times. But the other half of the time, when I could actually tell what was going on, I did really enjoy the plot. I know this is the first book in a series, if I am not mistaken, so I can see what King was trying to do. It definitely left off on a cliffhanger and set up a second book greatly.
Overall, though my feelings on the characters and the plot are mixed, I did enjoy this book somewhat. King has this way of story telling that I have really enjoyed since reading Mr. Mercedes last month. I can almost always tell that I will enjoy King’s books due to the fact that I never know what will happen from page to page. I am now going to check out the movie adaptation to The Shining as well as continue on with King’s works.