Danny was only five years old but in the words of old Mr Halloran he was a ‘shiner’, aglow with psychic voltage. When his father became caretaker of the Overlook Hotel his visions grew frighteningly out of control.
As winter closed in and blizzards cut them off, the hotel seemed to develop a life of its own. It was meant to be empty, but who was the lady in Room 217, and who were the masked guests going up and down in the elevator? And why did the hedges shaped like animals seem so alive?
Somewhere, somehow there was an evil force in the hotel – and that too had begun to shine…
Jack, his wife Wendy, and their son Danny were the main characters. Since I’ve watched the movie, I could see them clearly in my head, especially the red sweatshirt with the zipper. I could hear their tone of voice and see their mannerisms. The book had it’s funny moments; I enjoyed the sarcastic wit, especially coming from Jack.
My favorite lines: 1) “During our first winter I hired a family instead of a single man. There was a tragedy. A horrible tragedy.” 2) “That was when they were just startin out here and that fat fuck Ullman, he woulda hired the Boston Strangler if he’d’ve worked for minimum wage.” 3) “It’s a pity the things you see when you ain’t got a gun.” 4) May 12th. Not a day earlier or later.
At the beginning, the story really went into depth about Jack’s temper and how he used to be a drunk. There was also a lot of foreshadowing that something dreadful would happen. When I heard about Delbert Grady, I figured it was foreshadowing what’s to come for the Torrance family! The story needed this foreshadowing because it started off really, really slow. Things didn’t pick up until the dead wasps came back to life and stung Danny in his room.
I really enjoyed Halloran’s bond with Danny at the Overlook Hotel. He was leaving for Florida but also had the shine (could read thoughts). He warned Danny about the hauntings. I was completely terrified about Room 217, Tony (Danny’s imaginary friend), and REDRUM REDRUM REDRUM!!!!
Imagine being isolated up in the mountains trapped in a snowstorm. The radio’s broken. Only you and your family. No way to get up the hill if you needed rescued. Slowly, your daddy is losing his mind. The ending when the hotel seems to come to life in the form of a party and Jack is after Danny and Wendy with the intent to kill, I had chills down my spine. Let’s just say, I had to sleep with a night light! The slow build up was definitely worth the ending outcome!
I RECOMMEND this book to read.
P. S. This book review is part of Ramblings of A Coffee Addicted Writer‘s Halloween Blog Bash. Check out his posts on scary movie reviews and other things related to Halloween–More Halloween Blog Bash.