Recently, I decided it was about time I see what all the fuss is about with Stephen King, and I certainly wasn’t disappointed. I have always liked a plot with dark, twisted undertones, but I had heard that Stephen King can be a pretty scary read.
To ease myself in to Stephen Kings handiwork, I looked into a few of his titles and chose one that wasn’t too much of a long read, a taster if you will. So upon reading Misery, I was somewhat on edge just at the thought of it being a ‘thriller’.
[The plot]: Paul Sheldon is a writer. Misery Chastain is the star character of his bestselling novels. All Paul wants is to do some ‘real’ writing, and with a sigh of relief he kills Misery. Paul is overjoyed to be done with the Misery series. That is until the crash. Upon waking up in a strange bed, with a strange nurse caring for him, Paul learns that Annie Wilkes is Misery’s biggest fan and will do anything to keep her alive. Anything.
This story is full of suspense and intrigue. While I find it hard to put most books down once I’ve picked them up, this was a whole new level. I found myself constantly weaning to know what will happen next? What will Annie do?
As you learn more about Annie’s background, besides the fact that she is a psychopathic nurse, the story captures you in a way that is hard to describe. While the story line is truly horrific, it’s one that is completely plausible and gets you thinking, this could happen to me, to anyone. The skill that King has, to create a horrifying journey that you can’t possibly leave for want of knowing more, is like no other and I can’t wait to delve into more of his work.
I couldn’t be happier that I chose Misery as my first Stephen King read. Although it is a horrific psychological thriller, I found it to be an easy read. King’s writing style keeps you so engrossed in the book that you are completely lost within it’s world and before you know it, you’ve read the entire book in one sitting. As long as you are not one to shy away from a bit of blood and gore, this is definitely a book that can be enjoyed by a huge array of people.
Overall, I rate this book four out of five stars.
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