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Don't Drink and Drive
on July 13, 2016
Paul Sheldon is a novelist who has earned his fame writing romance novels about an up-tight Victorian named Misery Chasten. Paul has grown tired of this series and wants to break free of this cast of characters he has grown to despise. He finally manages to end the cycle he has been pigeonholed into by killing off the title character Misery; freeing himself up to take his writing in a new direction. In celebration of his new found freedom, he has a wee bit too much drink and crashes his car in Colorado. Unfortunately for him, he was found. Found by his #1 fan, Ms. Annie Wilkes. Thus begins months of torture for Sheldon as he is held captive by Annie until he resurrects his own creation and brings the Misery series back to life.
I prefer Stephen King novels where he has a larger cast of characters to work with. In Misery, we spend nearly the entire novel in Paul Sheldon’s head and we miss out on the multiple character interactions that occur when there is more of an ensemble cast. King makes the physical and psychological torture palpable, but for me Sheldon’s inner monologues grew a little stale.
The novel is well written and extremely disturbing. Annie Wilkes could be one of the most evil and villainous characters King has created (at least at the time this novel was published). Fans of psychological horror will enjoy this book. Not my favorite book by King, but absolutely worth the read.