But escape was not as easy as fleeing to a new city, picking a new name, finding a new job, lucking out with a new man. Her husband, Norman, was a cop, with a cop's training, a cop's technology, a cop's bloodhound instincts. And e ...more
Joy: Colleen, what was your favorite part of this book?
Me: Well, Joy, I'll get to that in a few, but would anyone like some chocolate? (Passes around a bowl of chocolate until they are all staring at me expectantly. Reluctantly continues.) You know, Joy, Stephen King never disappoints. Every time I turned the page, there were more words that formed sentences. The kind of sentences that make up all of Stephe ...more
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 full well he will never stop searching.
ROSE MADDER is an intense thrisearching.shocker.MADDER.Stars ...more
A single drop of blood causes Rose McClendon to come to the realisation that her husband might actually kill her. So she ups and leaves him, setting off to a new city...
I always get really excited for the King novels where the main protagonist is a female as I've a pretty good track record with them - Lisey's Story, Dolores Claiborne, Gerald's Game etc. I'm pretty sure these were all 5 star reads for me ...more
Definitely the one I would loan to ...more
Even when the stories aren’t the strongest, it’s the strength of the characters that help propel the constant reader through.
Straight from the prologue where the novel introduces young Rosie Daniels most shockingly brutal attack from her husband Norman, the reader instantly roots for her to leave this domestic hell.
It not until years later after constant abuse that Rosie spots a drop of blood on her bedding that the r ...more
Stephen King can be downright weird with surprises he leaves for the reader. For the bulk of the book, it's an interesting story of an abused woman escaping her sadistic and tormenting husband. The main character is a sympathetic lead who doesn't indulge in melodrama or denial, but comes across realistically written when she escapes ...more
Turns out this book was better than I had anticipated. Maybe that’s due to low expectations, seeing that many put this one towards the bottom of their personal King ratings. Introducing a preternatural painting within a story about spousal abuse is “out there”, maybe more so than his other books. But isn’t that what King does so well? The painting did not necessarily overwhelm the narrative. It ...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 latter whil ...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 Ro ...more
However. . . the Maine author's observation does hold true in a few select cases. Christine is a barrel of fun, but it certainly offers ...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
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 ...more
The prologue really sets the tone for the rest of the novel, it's one of the hardest things I've ever had to read. It's not for the fainthearted and the ...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 sympathet ...more
The bad part of the book begins with the painting Rose buys f ...more
The story of an abused woman finally leaving her husband and him going after her is a good premise. For me, I just aren't convinced that the "supernatural" aspect of the story added anything extra. It was entertaining enough for me without the "magic" painting and everything that came with that.
I did enjoy the way in which the author portrayed Rose. She began ...more
The protagonist, Rosie, embraces new situations with a sense of trepidation and almost bewildered wonderment as she attempts to build a life post Norman – her abusive cop husband. The characterization of Rosie is as well defined an ...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 marri ...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 th ...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 St ...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
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