Paul Sheldon is a bestselling novelist who has finally met his number one fan. Her name is Annie Wilkes, and she is more than a rabid reader—she is Paul’s nurse, tending his shattered body after an automobile accident. But she is also furious that the author has killed off her favorite character in his latest book. Annie becomes his captor, keeping him prisoner in her isolated house.
Annie wants Paul to write a book that brings Misery back to life—just for her. She has a lot of ways to spur him on. One is a needle. Another is an axe. And if they don’t work, she can get really nasty.
It took me a long time to get through the first half of this book. It was a very slow start but then it really got going and I finished the second half in one sitting.
Famous writer Paul Sheldon has a car accident and is ‘rescued’ by Miss Annie Wilkes, an ex-nurse and also one of his biggest fans. He is helpless, his legs are crushed and what follows is a scary, gruesome story in which Annie is holding Paul hostage so he can write a book for her. The problem is, that Paul killed off Annie’s favourite character, Misery Chastain, heroine of the world-famous Misery novels and thus ended her tale. Annie is not cool with that and wants Paul to bring her back…
It’s scary. I was freaked out by Annie, she’s a great unstable, psychotic character. At the start of the novel she’s just a disgusting fat lady with mental problems, but the better we get to know her, the more we realize how fucked up she actually is. She is unpredictable, you never know how she will react. She might hurt you, torture you, threaten you, force you to drink mop water (wtf). She has a long history of killing people as well. Paul tries to figure her out but it’s hard work as she always seems to be on top of what’s happening.
He himself gets more and more depressed. He thinks about running away at the start but realizes how hopeless it actually is.. There are a lot of scenes that have you at the edge of your seat when Paul tries to sneak out of his room and prays that Annie doesn’t come back..
Part of the book features snippets of the Misery novel that Paul is writing and I didn’t really care about them, unfortunately. I felt they were always disrupting the flow of the story..
There are a few things I would have liked to have more information on. Like what role did Annie’s mother play in her life, as she seemed to adore her and was there a reason Annie turned out to be a psycho?
In the end I liked the book more than I thought after the first half. It was definitely full of tension, scary and had an alright ending. Which is great for a King novel 😀