Misery Chastain was dead. Paul Sheldon had just killed her- with relief, with joy. Misery had made him rich; she was the heroine of a string of bestsellers. And now he wanted to get on to some real writing. That’s when the car accident happened, and he woke up in paid in a strange bed. But it wasn’t the hospital. Annie Wilkes had pulled him from the wreck, brought him to her remote mountain home, splinted and set his mangled legs. The good news was that Annie was a nurse and had pain-killing drugs. The bad news was that she was Paul’s Number One Fan. And when she found out what Paul had done to Misery, she didn’t like it. She didn’t like it at all.
This was my Book Club pick for October, I remember championing it in the debate over which book to read- I wanted a spooky read for October and thought that this might be creepy enough to fit the brief. Had this not been for book club, I would have DNF’d this book by the 50 page mark. I did not enjoy it at all and I gave it 1 star on Goodreads, my 1 star rating sits among my friends’ 5 star ratings which is amusing to me. I’d never read a Stephen King book before, I was gifted The Institute so I will be reading another one…I’m just not so sure if I’ll be buying anymore after that, time will tell.
Unfortunately I felt that this book was really slow moving. By the end of Part One, it felt like very little had happened despite 120 pages having passed. I found myself feeling quite bored and had to force myself to continue reading this as I knew that if I put it down, it would be a struggle to pick it back up.
This book had some problematic language in it, it was written in the 80s but I don’t think that is an excuse. The book keeps referring to Annie’s appearance which really is neither here nor there, she’s an awful person so it doesn’t matter that she’s fat and not pretty. Would the book have been different had she been skinny and gorgeous?
There was a bit in the middle which was interesting, when Paul found Annie’s Memory Book. I really enjoyed that bit but it was a small moment of enjoyable within a larger period of…just feeling underwhelmed.
I had to skip the gory pages because I flat out refused to read that part. Nope, it wasn’t happening. I’m an adult and this wasn’t homework so I skipped a couple of pages and feel no guilt about it at all.
The story of Mercy within the novel was, to me, more interesting that the actual novel. Which I think speaks volumes about my enjoyment of this book.
With hindsight, I probably should have DNF’s this book and read something that I actually enjoyed but I do like being able to join in the discussion at book group, it will be an interesting chat!
I know a lot of people absolutely love this book, which is cool. It just really wasn’t for me