“Stephen King is arguably the most popular novelist in the history of American fiction. He owes his fans a love letter. Misery is it.

Paul Sheldon, author of a bestselling series of historical romances, wakes up one winter day in a strange place, a secluded farmhouse in Colorado. He wakes up to unspeakable pain (a dislocated pelvis, a crushed knee, two shattered legs) and to a bizarre greeting from the woman who has saved his life: “I’m your number one fan!”

Annie Wilkes is a huge ex-nurse, handy with controlled substances and other instruments of abuse, including an axe and a blowtorch. A dangerous psychotic with a Romper Roomsense of good and bad, fair and unfair, Annie Wilkes may be Stephen King’s most terrifying creation. It’s not fair, for example, that her favorite character in the world, Misery Chastain, has been killed by her creator, as Annie discovers when Paul’s latest novel comes out in paperback. And it’s not good that her favorite writer has been a Don’t-Bee and written a different kind of novel, a nasty novel, the novel he has always wanted to write, the only copy of which now lies in Annie’s angry hands.

Because she wants Paul Sheldon to be a Do-Bee, she buys him a typewriter and a ream of paper and tells him to bring Misery back to life. Wheelchair-bound, drug-dependent, locked in his room, Paul doesn’t have much choice. He’s an entertainer held captive by his audience. A writer in serious trouble. But writers have weapons too…”




Misery was one of King’s novels that everyone has told me to read. Mostly because of how great the movie adaptation was. I always said to them that I was trying to read King’s book in publication order but back in October during Spook-a-Thon (check out my vlog for that here!) I finally gave in and started reading it.

After almost 2 months, I am pleased to say that I have finished it.

And it was well worth the hype.

Starting off with the characters, I found both Paul and Annie to be interesting characters. I think Paul really developed over the course of the story. I have no idea how he was able to not only stay alive, but stay sane during this whole ordeal. He went through so much pain and suffering that I felt the pain he was going through as I was the reading the book. What a resilient and strong character.

Annie was insane. Just plain and simple. She was crazy. She had these serial killer-type tendencies that really didn’t come into play until the last half of the book. But then we learn about the things that she did in the past and those are just as screwed up (if not more screwed up) as the things she was doing in the present. Just plain messed up.

The plot was just as I expected a Stephen King horror novel to be. I was captivated from beginning to end. It moved at a pace that wasn’t too fast and wasn’t too slow. The torture scenes left me with a look of shock in my eyes. I just couldn’t believe what was happening on the pages before me. A very engaging plot.

Overall, I loved this book. I was never really interested in reading horror until I started reading King’s work due to the fact that he writes it so well. I mean, it is what he is know for so… I now can’t wait to watch the movie and see how well this book translated onto the screen.