Books | Fiction / Horror
The #1 New York Times bestseller about a famous novelist held hostage in a remote location by his “number one fan.” One of “Stephen King’s best…genuinely scary” (USA TODAY).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. “Terrifying” (San Francisco Chronicle), “dazzlingly well-written” (The Indianapolis Star), and “truly gripping” (Publishers Weekly), Misery is “classic Stephen King...full of twists and turns and mounting suspense” (The Boston Globe).
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"This is definitely one of the more pushed-aside books by Steven King. It has an eerie and suspenseful plot, and the way it is written makes you feel like you are really inside the main characters mind. There are some gory scenes, but nothing I couldn’t handle. Loved the detail and especially the character of Annie Wilkes."
"When i began to read Misery i couldn’t fully get into it and it felt a little slow. But man am i happy i kept with it!! Stephen King is a literary master who can paint the wildest images in your mind as you read his work. Haunting, suspenseful, and gory. This novel is definitely worth a read if you’re into horror!! "
"Genius. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of this vibe of a character being alone a lot because I love getting into a bunch of character, but this was done incredibly."