Possibly one of the best thrillers, Stephen King’s The Shining!
Rating: 5/5 (I don’t even know if it’s necessary to mention this).
Although King hates the movie version of Kubrick, the movie is really appreciated by a lot of people but anyways, we’re not here to talk about the movie (but you should watch it if you haven’t until now).
King is funny and laid back and you can feel that through his writing. There’s a relaxed way of relating stories that immediately induces the reader in the same state. That’s pretty much how I was like when I started reading the book (too bad I read it after I’ve seen the movie a few times).
He creates suspsense without the need of some ghosts and different creepy creatures. He just has a Grudge (evil presence tied to a location) and the enemy of it is the kid that has “the shining” and apparently he is not the only one.
The thing that makes Jack such an evil man is not the hotel’s Grudge. He’s been a bad person even before that if you will pay attention to why he’s been fired from his job and the time when he wanted to hit Wendy and Danny but had to drive around so he can calm down. After the hotel experience and being controlled by that presence, nothing is the same anymore. And if you thought that it ends there at the hotel, there’s also a sequel that I’m gonna write about.