The Shining - Stephen King

The Shining

By Stephen King

  • Release Date: 1990-05-01
  • Genre: Horror
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 1,945 Ratings)


Before Doctor Sleep, there was The Shining, a classic of modern American horror from the undisputed master, Stephen King.

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.


  • Too long and too many meaningless details

    By WD Woody
    King writes too many details that do not add to the story. Be prepared to skip entire sections and even chapters without losing the plot.
  • Skip the Movie.

    By Ozcrome
    I had seen the movie more than a dozen times before reading the book. After reading the book, I was dismayed that so many hours spent watching the movie were hours I could never have back. Read the book first. Then, if you are still curious, watch the movie. You won’t regret it.
  • What else is there to say?

    By yscolan
    It’s not a complicated judgement. This book is one of the single greatest pieces of literature there is.
  • Loved it

    By Suggabaee33
    I loved every second of this book it was awesome and way better than the movie. I saw the movie at a very young age and didn’t realize that it was based off of a book. I love Stephen King and this book might actually be my favorite!!
  • 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!