This is the story of Rose Daniels, "the most richly portrayed female King's ever created."* Escape from her macabre marriage is not as easy as fleeing to a new city, picking a new name, finding a new job, and lucking out with a new man. Not with a husband like Norman...
Relentlessly paced and brilliantly orchestrated, this cat-and-mouse game of a novel is one of King's most engrossing and topical horror stories. At the center of the action is heroine Rose McClendon, a battered wife who starts life anew by leaving her police officer husband, a consummately cruel man depicted by King as a paragon of evil. Crowded with character and incident, the novel builds to a nearly apocalyptic conclusion that combines the best of King's long novels?the breadth of vision of The Stand, for example?with the focused plot and careful psychological portraiture of Dolores Claiborne. The story of Rose's joyous growth from tortured wife (her persecution gruesomely but realistically portrayed) to independent woman alternates with the terrifying details of her husband's deliberate pursuit to create unflagging tension. The book is a phantasmagorical roller-coaster ride, peopled by a broad array of indelibly characterized men and women and fueled by an air of danger that is immediate and overwhelming. 1.75 million first printing; BOMC main selection; simultaneous Penguin Audio; paperback sale to Signet.
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1 . It sucked me in
Posted April 03, 2010 by Rosemarie , Lacey, NJI have this audio book, but I will purchase it again for my ereader. I was sucked into, Rose was a sad woman lost in her own little world of pain and suffering at the hands of her husband. I really enjoyed following her journey to the safety of the new world she found.
2 . Twisted and Dark, Not Spectacular
Posted February 01, 2010 by SuperFlyEli , CincinnatiAlthough it's not his best work, Stephen King's Rose Madder is a delightfully black and twisted novel.
The delightful mystical/underworld tones and careful character development aside, this book suffers from somewhat of a fizzle-out ending which may leave readers feeling cheated.
May 29, 1996
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