Review: Misery by Stephen King

Paul Sheldon is a bestselling novelist who has finally met his number one fan. Her name miseryis 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 😀

9 comments

  1. Omgoodness, CREEPY! I have only read three things by King- his memoir (loved it!), the first dark tower book (hated it!) and The Children of the Corn (*SHIVER*). I really should read something more of his horror…this one sounds like it has a certain creepy humor, too, with the irony of a psycho fan 😄 Great review!

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    1. I haven”t heard of The Children of the Corn! Need to check it out 😀 Love the Dark Tower Series, but I had a few problems with book 1 and the first half of book 2. It took me years to get through them but after that I finished the rest of the series within a year.

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      1. Ooh, maybe I should push on with the Dark Tower books then…esp with the amazing movie trailer 😍 That’s really good to know about getting through the first two, because sometimes a series really blossoms after the first few installments! Children of the Corn is a short story- and SUPER CREEPY lol. I really need to try more of his horror because it sounds very psychological and interesting…a multi-talented author to say the least!

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      2. It’s definitely worth it to keep pushing through the first 2 books 🙂 The third one ended up being my favourite and that’s also where I really fell in love with the group of characters.

        I need to check out this short story! I like creepy stuff 😀

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    1. Oh yess! I think the worst scene for me was when she got out the axe for the first time, I almost had to put the book down, I was so freaked out 😀 In a good way though. There are some books that are gory and bloody and you don’t bat an eye.. and then there is THIS. It really impressed me.

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