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Rose Madder (1995)

by Stephen King

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    Gerald's Game by Stephen King (sturlington)
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The beginning wasn't too bad but about halfway through started deteriorating into some kind of "phantasmagorical" (as one critic noted) apocalyptical pile of garbage. The dialogue was fourth-grade tripe. I may add to this later but right now I'm mad at myself for not heeding others' warnings about the supernatural element, or for not glancing at some of the one-star reviews. I had to quit and just skim through the last couple of sections. Ugh, when will I learn? ( )
  Anastasia_Janet | Dec 1, 2017 |
The beginning wasn't too bad but about halfway through started deteriorating into some kind of "phantasmagorical" (as one critic noted) apocalyptical pile of garbage. The dialogue was fourth-grade tripe. I may add to this later but right now I'm mad at myself for not heeding others' warnings about the supernatural element, or for not glancing at some of the one-star reviews. I had to quit and just skim through the last couple of sections. Ugh, when will I learn? ( )
  Anastasia_Janet | Dec 1, 2017 |
Tension throughout as you root for this terribly abused wife & celebrate her escape. Strong reminder of consequences & hope. ( )
  TiffanyHow | Oct 3, 2017 |
Not his best, but not time totally wasted. Nominally about domestic abuse and King doesn't flinch from descriptions. It was fairly predictable. ( )
  Kitty.Cunningham | Jul 19, 2017 |
One of my very favorites along with Desperation, the Stand, & Gerald's Game. ( )
  taranator | Jul 11, 2017 |
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I'm really Rosie, And I'm Rosie Real, You better believe me, I'm a great big deal... -- Maurice Sendak
A bloody egg yolk. A burnt hole spreading in a sheet. An enraged rose threatening to bloom. -- May Swenson
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This book is for Joan Marks.
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She sits in the corner, trying to draw air out of a room which seemed to have plenty just a few minutes ago and now seems to have none.
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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 begins to make a new life, and good things start to happen. Meeting Billl Steiner is one; and finding a junk-shop painting is another. lt ma be bad art but it's perfect for her new apartment - and somehow, it seems to want her as much as she wants it.

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 even worse, Norman was - well, Norman. Rose knew she had been married to a savage brute. Now she realized she was being tracked down by a terrifying monster - but the only place she found to hide could be the most dangerous of all...

Rose-maddended and on the rampage, Norman Daniels becomes a force of relentless terror and savageness, a man almost mythic in his monstrosity. For Rosie to survive, for her to have a chance in her brave new world, she must enter her own myth - a world that lies beyond the surface of a work of art - and become a woman she never knew she could be: Rose Madder.
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After 14 years of being beaten, Rose Daniels wakes up one morning and leaves her husband -- but she keeps looking over her shoulder, because Norman has the instincts of a predator. And what is the strange work of art that has Rose in a kind of spell? In this brilliant dark-hued fable of the gender wars, Stephen King has fashioned yet another suspense thriller to keep readers right at the edge.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:15:00 -0400)

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After fourteen years of beatings and abuse, Rose runs away from her husband. Unfortunately, he is a detective, and he has ways of finding her.

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