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Misery

by Stephen King

genre: horror, thriller

I have finished another one of my audiobooks, Misery by Stephen King, and I loved it. Find out why!

Summary

(Taken from Goodreads)

Novelist Paul Sheldon wakes up in a secluded farmhouse in Colorado with broken legs and Annie Wilkes, a disappointed fan, hovering over him with drugs, ax, and blowtorch and demanding that he bring his heroine back to life.

Review

I have never read any of Stephen King’s novel but I picked this one up. At first I was a little doubtful that I would fully enjoy this novel because it was all about a man stuck in the one house, mainly the one room. This book enthralled me and it made the reading experience that much more ‘claustrophobic’ because, even as a reader, I couldn’t escape that space.

I didn’t care that much about Paul Sheldon at the start and to be honest, I didn’t ever fully connect with him, but I did connect with the story. I loved Annie, crazy nurse, Annie. She was so amazingly crazy. It might sound strange but I love female villains. And no, I don’t mean those naughty, sexy women who seduce the main character but are really “evil”. I want to read about dark, gritty, villainous women that you have barely a shred of remorse and there is no “ooo, she’s seducing me, she’s so sexy and dangerous” moment. I think that those characters, male and female alike, are great in some stories but I hate that MOST female villains I’ve read about fit that description. Annie isn’t like that, she’s pure evil. I loved her! The scene with the rat still gives me the creeps.

I would have liked the final chapter to have more “umph”. It’s hard to describe… but I like the final chapter, or final paragraphs to carry a lot of meaning and that final “kick” to finish the story. I didn’t feel like this story had that last kick but it’s all subjective. I found out recently that there is a movie adaptation, I’ll be watching that soon. For the purposes of a horror and thriller novel, I suggest you pick this one up!

4.5 out of 5 stars

This book is for you if:

  • Gripping horrors.
  • Truly “evil” female villains.

This book is not for you if:

  • You have a weak stomach (for the horror scenes).
  • Want a quick, lighthearted read.

- Ermisenda Alvarez

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