The illuminated is one of the master's best suspensions Stephen King.
One of the best-known works by Stephen King is The illuminated, written in 1977, has already been adapted by Stanley Kubrick and that is why its plot is still current today.
The story revolves around Danny, an Enlightened boy (who has telepathic mental abilities) of 5 years and his family, his mother Wendy and your father Jack. Jack is a writer who is trying to rebuild his life and ends up accepting the job of caretaker in a remote hotel, to take care of him while it is closed because of the snow. Jack and his family will be isolated months from the world at this hotel.
So far, nothing serious, right? Well, their first problem is isolation, months with absolutely nothing to do, without being able to go out is something psychologically complicated. The second problem is in everyone's fear of the story of the hotel's former caretaker, who hacked and killed his daughter and wife with axes. And the third is in the notices Tony, Danny's “imaginary friend”, who shows strange things in room 237 and the word “REDRUM ', which terrifies Danny.
Everything was going as normal as possible until Danny's visions worsened and his father, who when he was an alcoholic, had snowy bouts, reaching the point of breaking Danny's arm, starting to show symptoms of his old nervous behavior. Then Jack's tense pursuit of his family begins.
The great highlight of The illuminated, like the vast majority of Stephen King, is psychological terror. Much of it takes place with Danny's thoughts, conveying to the reader the despair and fear of a 5 year old child in the middle of it all.
The supernatural factors in the story are visible, but subtle. Nothing far from the “possible imaginary”, which helps a lot in quality. It is a wonderful suspense, one that leaves you days after reading, thinking about it.
The illuminated had its title inspired by a song by John Lennon call "Instant Karma!“, Which contains the phrase“We all shine on (the original title is 'The Shining').