The Shining - Stephen King

The Shining

By Stephen King

  • Release Date: 1990-05-01
  • Genre: Horror
The Shining book review score

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 1,510 Ratings)

The Shining Stephen King Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

With an excerpt from the sequel, Doctor Sleep.

Terrible events occur at an isolated hotel in the off season, when a small boy with psychic powers struggles to hold his own against the forces of evil that are driving his father insane.

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User reviews about this book

  • Keeps your attention

    By Laladien
    A well written tale that unwinds slowly, The Shining keeps you reading. With plot points that repeat adding additional details to make a complete picture, you are guessing what comes next and are rarely right:
  • The Overlook

    By JoshuaAllenMason
    This is an amazing book. Easily one of my favorite King books. I can now see why the first movie didn’t do it justice. You cannot replace books. Getting to know the characters. Excited to read Doctor Sleep next.
  • Really

    By Smokey602
    Enjoy it
  • Great read

    By Bob monster
    The book was amazingly suspenseful and leaves nothing wanted.
  • Amazing

    By Christineeexo
    This book is one of the best books I've ever read. It was always super hard to put it down. You feel everything that the family goes through and you truly feel like you're there experiencing it with them. Absolutely amazing.
  • The Shining

    By Angry Toribirf
    I watched the movie version as a child and it was instantly one of my favorites. Watching it as an adult is not the same as the film leaves a lot to question. I decided to read the book and I'm happy that I did. As always, the book outdoes the movie and goes beyond the surface that the movie only scratches. Definitely a must read!
  • Amazing!

    By Lrivera12554
    I could not put this book down! Read it and saw the movie immediately after and the book is 10x better!
  • Better than the movie!

    By LadyLindy37
    I decided to read this book after having already seen the movie at least twenty times. By the end, I had always felt like there were questions and uncertainties that were still left unanswered. Finally, I realized that those questions were getting in the way of my satisfaction in the end. After finally reading the book, let me tell you that it is way scarier, crazier, and textually richer in ways that the movie could never be. Frankly, there were parts that scared the hell out of me (the twins in the movie have nothing on the horrors in this). It definitely answered my questions and was so gripping I could hardly put it down. If you like the movie but are looking to turn the terror notch up, then read this book. You won't regret it.
  • Heeere's Johnny!

    By windycitizenkane
    I am sorry, but I just have to say it. The whole time I read the book, I was looking forward to the old "Heeere's Johnny!" Instead, I got something entirely different. Jack Torrance turned out to be like you and me. He was simply a man with a troubled past hoping for a brighter present and future. Plus, Jack actually tried to reconnect with his family while writing his latest work of art and looking after the deserted hotel. Also, there was more to the haunted hotel than just mischievious spirits waiting around to take you by surprise. I could just picture the party from an earlier year in the life of the Overlook, not to mention those hedge animals. Man! they sure crept me out as much as they did Jack and Mr. Halloran. Maybe even more. The movie may be memorable, but I will always think of the novel when it comes to mind.
  • The Shining

    By codylisk11
    I just finished The Shining and it is the first book I've ever read from Stephen King. This book is literally perfect. Every word of every page is so well written it seems impossible. I will definitely be reading more from Stephen King! Easy 5/5!

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