A game. A husband and wife game. Gerald's Game. But this time Jesse didn't want to play. Lying there, spreadeagled and handcuffed to the bedstead while he'd loomed and drooled over her, she felt angry and humiliated. So she'd kicked out hard. Aimed to hit him where it hurt. He wasn't meant to die, leaving Jesse alone and helpless in a lakeside ...Read MoreA game. A husband and wife game. Gerald's Game. But this time Jesse didn't want to play. Lying there, spreadeagled and handcuffed to the bedstead while he'd loomed and drooled over her, she felt angry and humiliated. So she'd kicked out hard. Aimed to hit him where it hurt. He wasn't meant to die, leaving Jesse alone and helpless in a lakeside holiday cabin. Miles from anywhere. No-one to hear her screams. Alone. Except for the voices in her head that had begun to chatter and argue and sneer ...Read Less
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The story is very frightening, the thing I found disturbing was, unlike some of Stephen King's stories such as Firestarter or IT, this sort of situation could possibly occur in real life.
Seriously, after reading this, whether you are male or female, you will be put off bondage / sex games for life!
I feel the story flowed very well generally, however I'm not sure about the serial killer / person with jewellery bag part of the story, this just seemed like a random addition in my opinion and didn't really need to be in the story? But that's just my opinion.
You can pick this book up second hand for literally pennies, so it's definitely worth adding to your book collection.
Hopefully, they may make a film of this story one day!
Aug 4, 2011
this is a awesome book to read if you like Stephen King. Once you start reading you don't want to put down until done.
Nov 11, 2010
Gerald"s Game" is not tame
Keeps you wondering from the beginning if the woman in the book is ready to "give it all up" and you feel every emotion of her plight. This books truly makes you feel every hallucination and then the surprise at the end that one of the hallucinations was not one at all. True to Stephen King, all things truly "feel so very real" and could be unsettling. Not for the faint of heart to read.
May 6, 2009
This is a fantasic book! Grusome and really freaky!
Sep 12, 2008
Great story that starts out realistically and ends with the usual Stephen King supernatural, super evil twist. I could not put this book down. Definitely one of Stephen King's better reads.
Publishers Weekly, 1992-05-25 While this is one of the best-written stories King has ever published, it will offend many through sheer bad taste. Jessie and Gerald Burlingame have been married for 20 years. Kinky sex is Gerald's game; lately he has taken to handcuffing his wife to the bedposts. During one such session, via a series of bizarre circumstances, Jessie accidentally kills her husband, and for the next 28 hours she is trapped. King effectively uses this tragicomic conceit to take us deep into the mind of ``Goodwife Burlingame.''sic For the first third of the book he is at the top of his form, creating in Jessie one of his most intense character studies. Then, Jessie's ruminations lead her to remember a long-repressed episode of incest that is startling not because it becomes a central element of the plot, but because the details of the sexual relationship between father and daughter are salaciously--and lengthily--described. The gory stuff--how Jessie escapes her handcuffs, for example--is prime King, but this is subsumed in the book's general tastelessness. A lame wrap-up to what might have been a thrilling short story only further compromises the enjoyment readers might have found in this surprisingly exploitative work. 1.5 million first printing; $750,000 ad/promo; BOMC main selection. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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