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Gerald's Game Kindle Edition
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Terrific...One of King's best. (USA Today)
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- ASIN : B018ER7KPS
- Publisher : Scribner; Reissue edition (January 1, 2016)
- Publication date : January 1, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 3606 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 402 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #145,085 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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But this book wasn't one of those. This was full of psychological terror. What woman hasn't feared being held captive in one of myriad ways? It was easy to imagine myself as Jessie. I was also satisfied with the conclusion, which I rarely am with most fiction.
It takes a lot to gross me out, but there was a couple of scenes in the book I really wanted to throw up. Things so evil no one should even think of them. Sorry, no spoilers, you will have to read the book for the gory parts.
The character of Jessie, our protagonist, was well done. I loved the voices (yes, voices in the plural) that was in her head the entire book. Gerald's character less well drawn, but he departs (pun intended) quickly.
The ending was a surprise and was well done. All the loose ends tied up and no plot holes. Great book whether you are a King fan or not.
The basis of the story is that a woman is trapped in handcuffs as the result of a sex game gone wrong. The book details her struggles, both mentally and physically, to get out of her situation. It is beautifully gruesome. This is one of those that some of the scenes had me cringing in disgust.
I wouldn't say this is my favorite SK book, but I would say that it is a good one for a quick read. It is one of his shorter novels. It is definitely worth the read.
However IMHO it does not work. It just comes out as a ramble of thoughts.
First time ever I rated an SK book below 4 stars
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As disturbing as this story was, I loved it, I have bought many more of Stephen's books now, as I know the movies never do the the books justice!
I'd say I fall in the middle of that debate. I was interested in reading this for quite a while, I'm quite the sucker for something that involves characters being trapped in a single location the whole time, but could this work with just one character?
The basic premise is that during some bondage time, the main character Jesse being handcuffed to the bed decides she doesn't want to play Gerald's Game anymore, when he ignores her, she sees no other option but to kick him off of her. Gerald falls off the bed, splits his head open, has a heart attack, and dies. Jesse is now stranded in this cabin in the middle of nowhere. The story that proceeds is rather interesting, sometimes it hooks you in, and other times it feels like it drags on a little too much. However, you are likely to keep reading because you want to know how it ends, who wouldn't, right?
The ending itself is something I can truly praise for this book (maybe not the very last chapter), unlike the more popular Stephen King books this ending feels like it's been earned, in the interest of a spoiler-free review I'll say no more.
This is certainly one of the more "grounded" Stephen King books. With some rather cringe worthy horror sections and the genuine feeling of being isolated, it is certainly worth a shot, even with the occasional unnecessary fluff.
I feel the story flowed very well generally, however I'm not sure about the serial killer / person with jewellery bag part of the story, this just seemed like a random addition in my opinion and didn't really need to be in the story? But that's just my opinion.
You can pick this book up second hand for literally pennies, so it's definitely worth adding to your book collection.
Hopefully, they may make a film of this story one day!