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Rose Madder (original 1995; edition 1996)

by Stephen King

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Title:Rose Madder
Authors:Stephen King
Info:Signet (1996), Edition: Open market ed, Mass Market Paperback, 480 pages
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Rose Madder by Stephen King (1995)

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Molto bello come tutti i libri di King. Ottima la parte horror dentro al quadro molto suggestiva. Il cattivo è veramente molto cattivo. ( )
  Angela.Me | Jun 10, 2017 |
A story of a woman who was physically abused by her husband (a cop) and one day gets up the courage to leave and start a new life. I thought the story of abuse and the difficulty of leaving it was very well written. Thinking Stephen king wrote only horrific supernatural novels, I've been pleasantly surprised by the first two novels of his that I chose to read (bag of bones and rose). The supernatural wasn't the main focus of the story and wasn't overdone. Enjoyed reading rose madder!
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  sarahjvigen | Mar 23, 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 |
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 |
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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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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)

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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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