Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Rose Madder by Stephen King

Rose Madder (original 1995; edition 1996)

by Stephen King

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingConversations / Mentions
5,26851838 (3.46)1 / 103
Title:Rose Madder
Authors:Stephen King
Info:Signet (1996), Edition: Open market ed, Mass Market Paperback, 480 pages
Collections:Your library, Read but unowned

Work details

Rose Madder by Stephen King (1995)

  1. 20
    Gerald's Game by Stephen King (sturlington)
    sturlington: King's abused wives phase.

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

English (50)  Dutch (1)  All (51)
Showing 1-5 of 50 (next | show all)
Rose is a woman on the run from her super abusive husband. As the story goes along, the reader learns what a truly terrible person he is. He's a cop so she has to really hide. After Rose finds a painting, things take on a supernatural twist. The story has suspense, thriller, dark fantasy and horror-ish elements. ( )
  ToniFGMAMTC | Jan 19, 2017 |
Rose is a woman on the run from her super abusive husband. As the story goes along, the reader learns what a truly terrible person he is. He's a cop so she has to really hide. After Rose finds a painting, things take on a supernatural twist. The story has suspense, thriller, dark fantasy and horror-ish elements. ( )
  ToniFGMAMTC | Jan 19, 2017 |
Mwah. I suppose it was ok, but I felt it dragged a bit. The storyline is not highly exciting, and aside from the exact shape of the supernatural, most of it is sort of expected. Especially since you see everything from two view points. I thought it could have been a bit faster. And I found the ending a bit weird, the whole tree thing. ( )
  zjakkelien | Jan 2, 2017 |
This is an amazing tale of a domestic violence case gone right. I bet every battered woman would love to seek revenge in the way that Rose did. Loved this book, would be an awesome movie as well. :)
Love the painting that keeps changing as the plot thickens! ( )
  XoVictoryXo | May 31, 2016 |
Rose extricates herself from an abusive marriage, and leaves her life behind to start over when she has finally had enough of her husband, Norman. Suffering physical and emotional torture for years, she finally summons the courage to run. Norman isn't quite so eager to split, though, not until he 'punishes' Rose for daring to mistreat him so. Starting over in a new town, with a new life, and finding new life in herself, Rose sinks into a false security of relative anonymity. She finds an old painting in a junk shop, of a woman in a 'red' dress, which seems to call to her to buy it for her new apartment. The painting continues to haunt and mesmerize her, and eventually becomes her salvation, for just when she thinks she has escaped her former life, found a new career, and perhaps a new love, the demons of her past come back to haunt her, in the form of Norman, bent on making her pay for her 'crimes' against him.

This is one of the strongest King novels I can ever recall reading, and proof that his writing gets better with time. In Rose Madder, he takes a very different turn and explores real humans and their emotions just as vividly as his horrific creatures have been. I recommend this book to King fans and non-King fans alike. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
Showing 1-5 of 50 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors (24 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Stephen Kingprimary authorall editionscalculated
Dobner, TullioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
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
This book is for Joan Marks.
First words
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.
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (1)

Book description
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.
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0451186362, Mass Market Paperback)

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)

(see all 5 descriptions)

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.

(summary from another edition)

» see all 8 descriptions

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
532 avail.
51 wanted
8 pay7 pay

Popular covers


Average: (3.46)
0.5 4
1 31
1.5 12
2 130
2.5 39
3 393
3.5 54
4 367
4.5 13
5 200


3 editions of this book were published by Audible.com.

See editions

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


You are using the new servers! | About | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 112,513,729 books! | Top bar: Always visible