Rose Daniels saw the single drop of blood on the bed sheet--and knew she must escape from her macabre marriage before it was too late...Rose knew she had been married to a savage brute. Now she realized she was being tracked down by a terrifying monster.
Norman and Rose have been married for 14 years, during which time he has abused her regularly. Finally, he beats her while she is pregnant, causing a miscarriage. Rose escapes him, and he begins to hunt for her, leaving gruesome corpses as he goes; thinking she is free of Norman, Rose begins a new life in the Midwest, becoming involved with a pawnshop owner and drawn to a painting of a goddess.
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Horror, Society + Social Issues, Conflicts + Dualities, Family + Friendship, Human Qualities + Behavior, Love + Relationships + Sex, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Religion + Beliefs, Legal + Courtroom + Crime
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Reviewer: Elizabeth Hand, (Washington Post Book World)
"The temptation is always to respond, schoolmarmishly: If only young Steve would stop goofing off with those E.C. Comics and apply himself, he might make a real writer someday Only, of course, young Steve has applied himself and become the most successful writer in the universe....'Rose Madder' certainly won't disappoint King's golden horde of fans, but this eerie and remarkably mature work may even win over some readers from literature's garden party district--if they don't mind stepping through a few puddles of gore and goo along the way."
Reviewer: Richard E. Nicholls, (New York Times Book Review)
"Stephen King's fiction is crowded with ingenious monsters, but few of them are as disturbing as Norman Daniels, the lethal figure stalking the heroine of Mr. King's latest novel, 'Rose Madder'....Rose doesn't leave Norman because she's afraid he'll kill her--she's driven to escape by the fear that he won't, that his cruel torments will simply go on and on. Her despair, her gradual creation of a new life..., her hesitant romance with a wry, gentle pawnbroker, are all convincingly rendered. The theme of abuse has given Mr. King's recent novels a welcome jolt of energy."
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