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Rose Madder
Stephen King
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Relentlessly paced and brilliantly orchestrated, this cat-and-mouse game of a novel is one of King's most engrossing and topical horror stories. At the center of the action is heroine Rose McClendon, a battered wife who starts life anew by leaving her police officer husband, a consummately cruel man depicted by King as a paragon of evil. Crowded with character and incident, the novel builds to a nearly apocalyptic conclusion that combines the best of King's long novels‘the breadth of vision of The Stand, for example‘with the focused plot and careful psychological portraiture of Dolores Claiborne. The story of Rose's joyous growth from tortured wife (her persecution gruesomely but realistically portrayed) to independent woman alternates with the terrifying details of her husband's deliberate pursuit to create unflagging tension. The book is a phantasmagorical roller-coaster ride, peopled by a broad array of indelibly characterized men and women and fueled by an air of danger that is immediate and overwhelming. 1.75 million first printing; BOMC main selection; simultaneous Penguin Audio; paperback sale to Signet. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

In King's (Insomnia, Audio Reviews, LJ 1/95) latest work, the physical and psychological relationship of an abused wife, Rose, and her psychopathic husband, Norman, is laid bare. When Rose walks out on their 14-year-old marriage and makes a new life, Norman, a police detective, uses his investigative skills to track her down. While developing her self-assurance, Rose visits a pawn shop whose owner is as mesmerized with her as she is with an eerie, mythological painting. She swaps her engagement ring for the art, hangs the painting in her new apartment, and strange, surreal things start to happen. Meanwhile, Norman simply can't let Rose walk out on him, and his relentless pursuit fuels the tension and suspense. The recording is narrated by the author (as Norman) and actress Blair Brown (as Rose). Purchase wherever King is popular.‘Kristin M. Jacobi, Mitchell Coll. Lib., New London, Ct. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Left her abusive husband.

Norman Daniels
Violent; sadistic; obsessive.
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