Roused by a single drop of blood on the bedsheet, Rosie Daniels wakes from fourteen years of a nightmare marriage and suddenly takes flight. She uses her husband’s ATM card to buy a bus ticket, determined to lose herself in a place where Norman won’t find her. She’ll worry about all the rest later.
Alone in a strange city, she beg ...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 Stephen King's boo ...more
This novel tells the compelling tale of an average, suburban housewife, Rosie Daniels, as she makes the decision to, and subsequently, leaves her vicious husband, Norman.
Admittedly, I started this book on two prior occasions and just couldn't make it past that first scene.
I literally found it to be mentally disturbing, therefore, I would put it do ...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...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! So I had high expectat ...more
Definitely the one I would loan to someon ...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 realisation of this ...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 in ...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 added a dim ...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
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
However. . . the Maine author's observation does hold true in a few select cases. Christine is a barrel of fun ...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 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 there's a lot o ...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
This is one of those King books I honestly didn’t expect much from. It’s not one commonly listed as a favorite, or even mentioned that frequently from among his works. I can’t say I would’ve thought to pick it up had I not been so invested in the extended reading list for the Dark Tower. But it was next on that list, so I found myself a copy. Now I’m incredibly glad I picked it up. Though not perfect, Rose Madder is now one of my favorite King novels outside ...more
The bad part of the book begins with the painting Rose buys for her new a ...more
A really powerful book! The first chapter of this book was horrible and disturbing and not for the faint hearted. King never fails to create the most despicable characters and this book is no different. The start of this book really is shocking and vivid and I did have to question if I wanted to read on but I am glad I did! More of a thriller than a horror I would say but…. Horrific all the same!
I will repeat that this isn’t for the faint-hearted really some of these intense reliving d ...more
There is suspense and horrific things happen to people, there are dreamlike sequences and monsters both human and not. *Trigger warning* violent and sexual domestic abuse. Miscarriage of a baby due to this is described in the opening few chapters and it was tough going.
There are times of threat and pursuit which I found very scary and the imagery the author uses to add to the terror is excellent.
Stephen King tells a bloody good story and his ...more
My 2005 review shot this up to 8 out ...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