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Gerald's Game (Signet) Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 1993
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This book, which is an excellent one for many reasons, seemed to be King's first direct response to that criticism. In it, he proves once and for all that he can write a female lead character as compelling and believeable as any of his other characters, and can tell a fine yarn at the same time.
The book starts out in surprising territory for King: a sexual game being played by Gerald Burlingame, who has just handcuffed his wife Jessie to the bed. This is not the first time this game has been played -- it's an old routine at this point, one which Jessie never particularly liked and has now grown quite bored with, to the point of frustration. She tells her husband that she doesn't want to do it this time, but he presses on. In the ensuing struggle, he has a heart attack and dies, leaving her handcuffed to the bed, in the middle of nowhere.
That's when the story really starts. King's real strength in this story is not just in telling what happens to Jessie in her predicament, but King uses this device to tell the story of how she got there in the first place. What sort of woman is Jessie? What events led her to this place, this man, this scenario? In the course of the story, as Jessie struggles to free herself from her bonds, we also find out why she is there.
Contrary to what some other reviewers have said, I found this book to be a page-turner.Read more ›
Story: As the novel opens, we meet timid Housewife Jessie Burlingame, who is still haunted by an accident from the past, and her husband, Gerald Burlingame, the curious husband who has a slight heart problem. Both of them are vacationing at their Lake House when Gerald decides to pull out his handcuffs and test them out on Jessie. Jessie is then handcuffed to both of the bedposts, with only 6 inches of armroom allowed. With Jessie still locked up and the keys all the way across the room, Gerald suffers a fatal heart attack, leaving Jessie hopelessly handcuffed with no way to get out of the bed. As time passes, Gerald's body starts looking pretty scrumptious to a hungry stray, who ventures into the house and starts turning Gerald into Dogfood. All the while Jessie valiantly tries to get a water glass full of water off the shelf that is just barely out of her reach, but she has to try or else she fears she may just go insane.Read more ›
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I read a lot -- and a lot of what I read is Stephen King. His stuff ranges from brilliant to being so pointless or rambling or sanctimonious that I stop reading halfway or... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Chuck70
Easily (for me) the worst of Stephen King's novels (and I've read 'em all!). This might have made an interesting 100 page novelette. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Dan Young
Not my favorite King book, but this one definitely has an unusual story, readers will like, I mean you can't go wrong with this author. Read morePublished 2 months ago by P.S. Winn
Thought this would be easy reading like Dolores Clayborne since Mr.King mentioned the eclipse figured in both books. Found this hard to read. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michael R. Wittlich
I generally only read Stephen King, and this book was a huge let down! I read all the reviews and thought it would be good and twisted but it in fact was not! Read morePublished 3 months ago by P. McPherson