Since the mid-1970’s, Stephen King has been producing best-selling horror novels. Many of them also have been turned into popular motion pictures or television miniseries. Some of his most gripping works include CARRIE (1974), CUJO (1981), PET SEMATARY (1983), MISERY (1987), THE DARK HALF (1989), DOLORES CLAIBORNE (1993), and INSOMNIA (1994). In addition to being a master storyteller, King has a special knack for tapping into the most elemental of human fears and anxieties. His novels tend to be long and not very tightly focused creations, and they are filled with gruesome violence. For all the loose ends and graphic details of his novels, King still remains immensely popular.
In ROSE MADDER, King has created one of the most horrific characters in police detective Norman Daniels. To the outside world, Daniels is worthy of respect. Fourteen years ago, he had married his high-school sweetheart, Rose McClendon. Unfortunately friends and acquaintances know little of how Daniels has made life a living hell for his wife. As happens all too often in real life, the domestic violence of the Daniels’ household has remained a secret. Rose (Rosie) Daniels finally comes to the realization that she must run away from her abusive husband if she has any hope of saving her life. Rosie takes her husband’s ATM card and travels hundreds of miles away. She settles in a Midwestern city, where she finds lodging and support at a Daughters and Sisters shelter. While Rosie...
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