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Rose Madder by Stephen King
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Rose Madder (original 1995; edition 1995)

by Stephen King (Author)

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After suffering a miscarriage brought on by a beating, an abused wife leaves her husband, using his ATM card to buy a bus ticket out of town. The novel describes her struggle to begin a new life, then her husband, a sadistic police officer, comes looking for her. 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.… (more)
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Title:Rose Madder
Authors:Stephen King (Author)
Info:Viking (1995), Edition: Open Market Ed, 432 pages
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Rating:*****
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Rose Madder by Stephen King (1995)

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    Gerald's Game by Stephen King (sturlington)
    sturlington: King's abused wives phase.
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Stephen King is really a master of thrillers. Breathtaking. Makes you never stop reading. ( )
  _Marcia_94_ | Sep 21, 2021 |
Oh my god I'm so glad this is over

Picture, girl goes into the picture, abusive husband, bites off privates, etc... ( )
  jhavens12 | Sep 1, 2021 |
Not his best, but not time totally wasted. Nominally about domestic abuse and King doesn't flinch from descriptions. It was fairly predictable. ( )
  KittyCunningham | Apr 26, 2021 |
3.75* ( )
  courty4189 | Mar 24, 2021 |
Review: Rose Madder by Stephen King.

What can’t I say…! There is nothing like an older book of Stephen Kings. The creative imagination of this author is realistic impressible. He never lets me down with his masterminding stories. His subject matters might be overboard sometimes but I am so fascinated with his writing.

This story is about Rose Daniels, a classic battered woman whose husband Norman is a police detective. Married for fourteen years to a psychotic, sadistic, controlling, sexist, racist human being has finally had enough. One day Norman goes to work and Rose goes to the mantle where her husband keeps their credit card which she is not allowed to use and picks it up and walks out the door…She is capable of finding a an ATM machine takes out $300.00 and goes to the bus station and gets on a bus traveling to a place unknown…but away from Norman.

Even though she is scared of the unknown she manages her escape. Rose finds herself in a town staying at a shelter place for abused women. It wasn’t long before she becomes an independent person, a completely different person, but the fear of her husband finding her is always at the back of her mind. After a month Norman is obsessed with finding her. How dare she leave him and how dare she take his credit card…!!!

The story goes on with Roses new life until one day Norman finds her…How she dare leave him…!! ( )
  Juan-banjo | Mar 20, 2021 |
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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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After suffering a miscarriage brought on by a beating, an abused wife leaves her husband, using his ATM card to buy a bus ticket out of town. The novel describes her struggle to begin a new life, then her husband, a sadistic police officer, comes looking for her. 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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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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