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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).
Bestselling novelist Paul Sheldon thinks he's finally free of Misery Chastain. In a controversial career move, he's just killed off the popular protagonist of his beloved romance series in favor of expanding his creative horizons. But such change doesn't come without consequences. After a near-fatal car accident in rural Colorado leaves his body broken, Paul finds himself at the mercy of the terrifying rescuer who's nursing him back to health—his self-proclaimed number one fan, Annie Wilkes. Annie is very upset over what Paul did to Misery, and demands that he find a way to bring her back by writing a new novel—his best yet, and one that's all for her. After all, Paul has all the time in the world to do so as a prisoner in her isolated house...and Annie has some very persuasive and violent methods to get what she wants...

"Kind at his best...a winner!" —The New York Times
"Unadulteratedly terrifying...frightening." —Publishers Weekly
"Classic King...full of twists and turns and mounting suspense." —The Boston Globe
Publisher: Scribner


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Aug 30, 2020

One of the few books that were sent to the cinema and keep the essence of S.King. I recommend to read it and then watch the movie.

Nov 06, 2019

He sets up too much from the beginning. 10 pages in and he already doesn't like her, she's ugly and stupid. Where's the shock of becoming scared of your savior? There's nothing to develop. This book is bad, like unreadable bad. I'm constantly cringing over the word choices, and the narrator thinks HE could write the next classic novel? Slow your roll.

OPL_BethS Aug 13, 2019

Menacing, disturbing, & gruesome at times.

Jun 25, 2019

Not a fan, people claim to say that he is the king of horror, the king of "shockers", but unfortunately to me all I see right now is a guy who's insecure, immature and incredibly self-important. I can just him now every time I was reading something that developed in this plot, that was boring but him would be genius developments, waving his hands as he says "Shocker!", while I stay unimpressed. For whatever reason he reveals that she's not only a kidnapper, but a psycho kidnapper. I never would have guessed that someone kidnapping another person would have a screw loose. Wow. Also she's revealed to be religious, amazing. He always writes fanatic Christians into his books and makes them villains. It's not a surprise. Also, for someone who is "above any silly notions such as God" (as he mentions in his book on writing), I wish he'd stop talking about God in a book that would largely benefit from excluding mention of God. Everytime the writer writes something he's "the God of his story". Give me a break King, I'd like to hear a story, not a fanfic of how important you think you are, and how crazy you think people may be about your books. The main character is bland but basic enough so that the audience can go "yeah, I'd be scared as well if I were kidnapped", it's so uninteresting. I have no reason to believe that this is a unique character written in earnest and not a self-insert for King. Also even the psycho is sooo boring. She likes the main character's books, and insists he writes a different ending otherwise she'll get sadistic. There's no surprises to be found in her character. Why do I even care about a main character that you didn't make relatable? I'm at a loss here, King.

Dec 07, 2018

Misery is a novel by legendary writer Stephen King, it follows Paul Sheldon after an almost fatal accident where he unwillingly is trapped in a house with his biggest (psycho) fan. This novel is filled with many twists and turns that is excellent as per usual Stephen King creates a novel that is very interactive with the audience it quite literally draws you in. The novel starts off lighthearted and sweet but eventually turns rather twisted, at times I even found myself needing a break as the book was rather intense at some parts. I would recommend this book for anyone who likes horror/thriller and I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who is a fan a Stephen King as this is truly a well written gripping book that will keep you flipping pages until you reach the end, at the point that you reach the end I recommend you also watch the movie created after this book it is also rather stellar. Overall give this a try, you definitely wouldn't regret it. Rating: 5/5
- @TheCollector of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

arapahoekim Oct 23, 2018

Paul Sheldon is an author who meets his number one fan Annie when he gets in a terrible car accident. Annie rescues Paul and takes him to her home where his recovery turns into a nightmare. Annie discovers Paul is killing off her favorite character from his novel. This is where the book keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Apr 12, 2018

King is the master's master. Nobody comes close to write like he does. He's the quinessence storyteller. Very impressive. He must never sleep.

PimaLib_KatherineB Dec 12, 2017

Great psychological thriller! I usually find King's novels too scary to read but this one was perfect.

Jan 27, 2017

This book is chilling! Annie, Paul's "number one fan", will keep you up at night!
Well done, King!

Jan 25, 2016

This book is simply an addiction. I kinda wish there was a sequence to this story, "the Return of Annie Wilkes" haha, I watched the movie two times before I knew there was a book; I was cheating myself watching the movie version as the book gave a lot more, stuff I never saw in the movie. I will definitely be prioritizing reading the books before I see the movies.

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