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“Another great work of Stephen King. This book further goes to show King's master of the macabre and imagination.”see full review » see other reviews »
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“If you were to take a room full of Stephen King fans, hose them down, and ask them what they consider to be the worst Stephen King novel, many if not most of them would probably pick Gerald's Game. And I can see why, though this book about a woman who is handcuffed to her bed (kinky sex game and...”see full review » see other reviews »
“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.
In the end, "Gerald's Game" is not one of King's easier stories to read. It deals with some real issues, and its terrors are only too plausible. Unlike "The Shining" or "Cujo," it's difficult to put this book down at the end and convince oneself that the same thing couldn't happen to you. It's not a book about the scary monster that comes from under the bed. No, in the final analysis "Gerald's Game" is about the monsters who sleep in the bed with you, cleverly disguised, and about those monsters who were there to shape your past.”
“This is probably my least-liked King book - it's a bit too dark, too claustrophobic, too limited in plot, and monotonous. It's an interesting and creative idea - as early King most often did well - and perhaps that's the value of the book. This book is similar in its ingenius story to Pet Cemetery, Cujo, Firestarter and Carrie, and maybe an extreme case of this line of stories. I'd say it is quite nightmarish and gloomy and horrible story but it shows how creative Stephen King is. There is an interesting linkage in the middle of this story with his another book Dolores Claiborne, where the two different characters from two different books somehow feel or engage with each other. Dolores Claiborne is, in my view, a much better book with much more humanity and colour in it, than Gerald's Game.”hyowon wrote this review Sunday, February 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Fascinating detailed descriptions of some really terrifying situations. Overall too lengthy and slow.”michael kuehner wrote this review Sunday, February 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I could not stand this book and was greatly disappointed as Stephen King is one of my favorite authors. The logic seemed incredibly flawed to me when it came to the main character trying to think of ways to get herself free. I just could not get into it and had a hard time finishing it at all. I'll keep reading through King's works, but this one was definitely a miss. By the way, this is far from being "horror". ”Abmandi wrote this review Saturday, January 26, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Stephen King is a master. Yes, Jessie, our heroine, has voices in her head like King's other heros and heroines, and yes its a morbid tale. But King knows how to write, even though, especially!, since you know before you open the cover the storyline - woman stuck in handcuffs on a bed.”P-head wrote this review Thursday, January 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“3.5 stars”dream_machine wrote this review Tuesday, December 4, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Good read!”Connie L. Kruse wrote this review Tuesday, September 25, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I had no idea that a plot that takes place in basically one setting and with one character could be so suspenseful and dark. This is truly a tough read because of Jessie's past and present experiences, but it's worth reading.”Dottie J wrote this review Saturday, July 28, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“My worst Stephen King book.”AJ Brewster wrote this review Monday, July 2, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No