Rose Madder by Stephen King

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This is the story of Rose Daniels, "the most richly portrayed female King's ever created" (Detroit Free Press). Escape from her macabre marriage is not as easy as fleeing to a new city, picking a new name, finding a new job, and lucking out with a new man. Not with a husband like Norman...

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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers Association. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. Joe Hill is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Heart-Shaped Box and Horns and writes an ongoing comic book series, Locke & Key. He makes lots of noise on Twitter under the handle @joe_hill.
Published June 1, 1996 by Signet. 484 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Cooking. Fiction

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We follow Daniels's course as he unearths clue after clue and bites several straw figures to death in warm-ups for his first big bite out of Rose.

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Relentlessly paced and brilliantly orchestrated, this cat-and-mouse game of a novel is one of King's most engrossing and topical horror stories.

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Not only does Rosie make friends, meet a man which her friend Pam refers to as "someone interesting", and lands a job narrating books on tape, Rosie also comes across a painting that moves her in a way that she cannot explain.

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Entertainment Weekly

Like a man determined to put away childish things, King wants to show us that no vampire, poltergeist, or sewer-dwelling demon can be as frightening as the monster next door — in this case, Norman Daniels, an insane, sadistic policeman with ''arms like meat pendulums'' and ''eyes as expressionle...

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Rose Madder's early chapters are packed with suspense as Rose starts a new life and stormin' Norman, a police detective whose "muscles popped like freshly risen bread rolls," begins to track her down.

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Nights and Weekends

While Rosie is starting her new life, Norman refuses to give up on his old life, and he sets out in search of his wayward wife, not caring what he has to do to find Rosie and punish her one last time.

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