Have you ever read a really good book, fallen in love with the characters and then been heartbroken by the ending? Been so emotionally invested that you want to personally meet the author and get an alternate ending?
Well, that’s exactly what happens in Stephen Kings iconic book, Misery, keep reading if you want to find out more!
Misery Chastain is dead. Paul Sheldon has just killed her – with relief, with joy. Misery has made him rich; she was the heroine of a string of bestsellers. And now he wants to get on to some real writing.
That’s when the car accident happens, and he wakes up in pain in a strange bed. But it isn’t hospital. Annie Wilkes has pulled him from the wreck, brought him to her remote mountain home, splinted and set his mangled legs.
The good news is that Annie was a nurse and has pain-killing drugs. The bad news is that she has long been Paul’s Number One Fan. And when she finds out what Paul had done to Misery, she doesn’t like it. She doesn’t like it at all.
Paul Sheldon used to write for a living. Now he’s writing to stay alive.
- Although Stephen King has written his fair share of nightmare inducing characters, including the original killer clown; IT. In Misery it’s not a supernatural being which is the villain, but an evil far closer to reality. This situation could potentially happen and it gave me chills!
- As you can imagine, Annie Wilkes is a real piece of work. Not only is she utterly insane, but her presence, even on the page is terrifying. I think Annie is genuinely one of the most unpredictable characters I’ve ever come across in fiction. You never know what she is thinking or going to do next, because of how cunning she is but also because we read through the perspective of Paul, so in a way, we too are her captives.
- During his ‘stay’ with Annie, he is forced to write another book entitled ‘Misery’s Return’, all while in excruciating pain due to his shattered legs. Annie makes him dependent on painkillers and he is wheelchair bound so escape proves impossible…or is it?
- This book is very unique in the sense that it takes place in one location, with only two characters, throughout the vast majority of the story. Now, with a writer less skilled than King this may sound boring but precisely because King is so skilled, it’s never dull.
- The only negative I could find in this book are the sections which are ‘Misery’s Return’ – these are inserted a few times and I just didn’t find these as interesting as the actual story so I just skipped these.
- I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone but the last section of the book is so intense, I just couldn’t put it down! There’s a satisfying pay off and as far as most of Kings endings go, this one is perhaps one of the ‘happier’ ones.
Overall, I’d definitely recommend this book to readers who enjoy thrillers and especially psychological thrillers which will get you turning the page!
★★★★- 4 Star Rating
Until next time,