Author: Stephen King
Genre: Horror Fiction, Thriller, Psychological Thriller, Psychological Horror.
My mum has read and collected many Stephen King books over the years. I grew up watching her with a book in her hand when she had free time. I was lucky because recently she asked me if I would like any of her books so of course I jumped at the chance as I am a huge fan of many of Stephen Kings films and TV series. I have seen the movie Misery with Kathy Bates and I loved it, so I thought Misery would be the perfect Stephen King book to start with.
I started this book with an open mind because I’ve watched the film but my goodness, it had me putting the book down with shock in some parts of it because it was quite gory! Check out what I thought with my review below.
Paul Sheldon has finished his victorian based book series of Novels which feature Misery. He ends up having one too many drinks before driving to Los Angeles to get the book to publishers in bad weather and ends up in an awful crash where his car drifts off-road into the snow. All seemed lost till he was found.. so it seemed, by Annie.
Paul wakes up in a very bad way in Annie Wilkes secluded home. Not only is he in a lot of pain but he has broken legs. Paul wants to go to the hospital but psychotic superfan Annie wants to nurse him herself since she is an ex-nurse. When Annie sees the new instalment of her favourite series of books she is fuming with Paul for killing off her favourite character. She makes Paul burn the book and rewrite it.
She punishes him in many ways from denying him pain medication to serious bodily harm! As he was strolling around her home while shes out, he discovers her scrapbook which has lots of newspaper clippings while looking at the book he realises shes not only psychotic but also a serial killer; victims including her own father! Paul feels like he has no choice and needs to rewrite the novel on a typewriter with missing keys and any complaint can make Annie over the edge, how will he get out of this mess?
This book was very hard to put down because it was so interesting! It was mostly based on two characters which are Paul Sheldon and his psychotic superfan Annie Wilkes. You feel for Paul the more you read the book. Every time something awful happens you really wonder how he will manage to getaway.
I am very glad I read this book because it got so many parts that are different from the film. If you have watched the film and loved it, read the book and your jaw will drop when you read what Annie does with the axe!
I love this book and I am glad its the first Stephen King book I have read. I am looking forward to reading more.
Have you read Misery before? if not what Thriller books do you like?
Until next time