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If you can handle a story of horrific abuse, Hannibal Lector's idea of a tasty dinner, and haunted dreams from the beyond, you're going to love ROSE MADDER.
Norman "Bates" Daniels is a lunatic cop with a foul mouth and a sick, evil mind, and for wife Rose, a life of fear and pain begins the night of her honeymoon.......for the reader, it's almost immediate and a real shocker.
Unprepared, terrified and alone, after 14 long years of living in hell, Rose finally flees for her life knowing fu...more
Definitely the one I would loan to someon ...more
First the good stuff. As usual Kings take on a crazy person is always amazing and terrifying. My first King book was Misery and I just love his crazy villians.
I was actually getting a little bored with the book until Rosie found he ...more
For a long time I had a vague idea about men like Rose's husband. I imagined that somewhere along the way something went wrong and what causes the rest of us to behave like human beings was lost in them. The abundance of them made me refine my theo ...more
Still, Rose Madder is okay. I think what keeps this book pretty middle of the road for me is Norman Daniels, our cliched villain. King has three types of male antagonists: women beaters, child molesters, and racists. Norman Daniels suffers from the former and the latte ...more
I don’t particularly care for female narrators so Blair Brown really wasn’t what I wanted to hear. I was at the “almost ready to give up” stage when who should drop by and join the cast? The author himself (he wasn't listed as narrator). What a great surprise and the only reason I finished listening to the audio.
Ebook: 4**** (Better than a 3 but not quite a 4)
I hated the first part of this book. I was bored witless, and I probably had ...more
The first 10% is Rose living with Norman. They’ve been married fourteen years. He bites, stabs, and punches her. (Most of this harm is told rather than shown so it’s a little less painful for the reader.) The next 80% is Rose leaving Norman, surviving with help from an organization, meeting someone, and Norman’s search for her. The organization helps abused women on the run. The women in the organization have ...more
The bad part of the book begins with the painting Rose buys for her new a ...more
Es un buen libro de King. No es de lo mejor, pero se deja leer.
Es una novela que engancha desde el principio. Ya con ese prólogo es imposible no seguir leyendo. El autor nos escribe sobre Rose Daniels, una mujer que trata de escapar de ...more
Norman Daniels (the psychopath husband) was almost a caricature more than a character. A purely evil, hateful man with no redeeming qualities whatsoever, yet we're expected to believe this psycopath functions perfectly well in the police force and is a highly decorated detective? Trying to imagine this man being sympathetic and kind ...more
E assim começa uma dupla narrativa, a de Rose a construir uma nova vida sempre no terror de ser descoberta e a de Norman na sua perseguição com contornos algo macabr ...more
The story works on one level. The story of an abused woman rebuilding her life while, unknown to her, she’s being pursued by her crazy husband is tenable. It falls apart when King contorts his story to make room for the supernatural element which was under developed and poorly conceived.
King tries to make the woman in the painting seem powerful. But with zero ...more
An abused wife runs away from home; the descriptive scenes, the in-depth psychological insights about the male and female protagonists were just awesome. They hooked to me the book. And I had heard so much about Stephen King, ...more
"No more", she whispered. She tucked her purse under one arm and took her first dozen steps into the fogbank which was now her future.
After surviving fourteen years in an abusive marriage, Rosie McC ...more
So the description says the story is about a Husband how is beating his wife and she leaves him, with constant fear he will h ...more
Me pareció innecesario el tema del cuadro mágico, Rose Madder y el toro, creo que hasta sin sentido. Los personajes estaban muy bien creados, Norman el golpeador y misógino que hace de todo, hasta asesinar, con tal de recuperar a su mujer, quien cree que es posesión suya. Y Rosie, una mujer maltratada con todos los miedos que conlleva haberlo sido durante 14 años y la desconfianza al empezar una nueva vida, y ...more
I know that this is Stephen King, and you should expect violence, but I just want to say right up front that there is at least one very violent scene of abuse that might be more than some readers bargain for. Some of us can handle a man-eating ...more
I would have rather given it a 3.5, but I rounded it down just on overall feeling. I didnt feel totally satisfied with it at the end. It was a good book, just not great. A few things that annoyed me was the slang/the way Norman spoke (I had to keep reminding myself that it was 1994 and not 1956) and the repetition of the characters. It was fine when both characters were separate from e ...more
I LOVE STEPHEN KING. I do. I like the supernatural stuff. I like the weird and improbable. He tells it so well. But, listen, in this story it totally felt like a copout. No pun intended. It was cool and it was well wr ...more
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