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Misery - Stephen King
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Misery - Stephen King
Advantages: Great characters, plot, could definitely read again
Disadvantages: Squeamish descriptions!
I am a fan of Stephen King, with Misery being one of my favourite books that he has written. It's also been adapted into a movie, which is one of his book's best adaptations in my opinion, as some have been done awfully.
Misery can be found in Waterstones for around £7 and Amazon for around £2 preowned. It's centred at adults, mainly due to his style of writing and the subjects in the novel.
The plot focuses around Paul Sheldon who is a bestselling author who for a long time has written books for a female audience with the main character, Misery. Little does he know that his No 1 fan Annie Wilkes will find him after a car accident in a snow storm which sends him off the road in a deserted area. She takes him back to her house, where he must now write to save himself, but will he be able to?
From the minute you start reading the book, you are immediately sucked into the world that King creates and it keeps you interested and wanting to find out more about Paul and what will become of him.
There are only two characters throughout the novel really, Annie and Paul. While I didn't really feel all that attached to Paul at the beginning, throughout I really did and kept wishing he'd escape. Annie was completely believable as a physcopathic number 1 fan, and you couldn't help but dislike her from the start as it just seems like something is off about her!
His descriptions are perfectly used throughout Misery, as he manages to convey the true atmosphere of the locations as such isolated areas that you really feel for Paul and the area that he has now become stranded in. The way he manages to set these locations really keeps you on the edge of your seat, as you just forever want him to escape and keeps you in a perpetual state of wanting him to break out of it.
The most squeamish thing in the books had to be the way King portrayed the pain that Paul feels at the hands of Annie Wilkes. He manages to make you just wince with a few sentences and throughout what seemed the whole book, I couldn't help but go ouch in my mind with every movement Paul made as he made it seem so painful and realistic you could just imagine it happening to yourself.
It was an extremely tense novel throughout which I loved. It kept you constantly guessing what would happen to Paul, and that you never really knew what was going to happen to him which just made me kept wanting to read. In fact, this is what made me finish it in 2 days straight!
After reading this, I would definitely read it again as it is one of my favourites by King. Probably because it is so realistic and seems like something that could actually happen.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this book if you are a fan of both thriller and horror. Thriller as it really does keep you guessing about what's going to happen next, and horror because it is ridiculously squeamish when talking about the things that happen Paul. This really is one of King's best work and I think everyone should read this.
Summary: Great thriller book, would read again,