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Gerald's Game

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Stephen King cranks up the suspense in a different kind of bedtime story. A game of seduction between a husband and wife goes horribly awry when the husband dies. But the nightmare has just begun...

Hardcover, 332 pages
Published September 1st 1992 by Smithmark Publishers (first published May 1992)
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Trudi

I've re-read Gerald's Game several times since its 1992 publication, and have just finished listening to it as an audiobook. Here's what I know for sure:

1) this story has lost none of its power over me, despite the fact I know everything that's going to happen (quite an impressive feat for a largely plot-driven suspense piece)

2) it is without question, one of King's most underrated, overlooked novels. As of this writing its Goodreads rating is 3.26. Keeping it company in the basement is the mu
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Jeffrey Keeten
Jun 14, 2012 Jeffrey Keeten rated it liked it
Recommended to Jeffrey by: Trudi
Shelves: horror
”This wasn’t the smile, though. This was the grin--a version of it he seemed to save just for these sessions. She had an idea that to Gerald, who was on the inside of it, the grin felt wolfish. Piratical, maybe. From her angle, however, lying here with her arms raised above her head and nothing on but a pair of bikini panties, it only looked stupid, No...retarded. He was, after all, no devil-may-care adventurer like the ones in the mens’ magazines over which he had spent the furious ejaculations ...more
Mario
Aug 24, 2015 Mario rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Sometimes it takes heart to write about a thing, doesn't it? To let that thing out of the room way in the back of your mind and put it up there on the screen.


This was, without a doubt, the most fucked up book I've ever read. So of course I loved it.

For some reason, I went into this book thinking I'm not going to like it. Jessie, our main character, is handcuffed to a bed and can't move. Doesn't sound that much exciting, right? Well, wrong.
I thought that the whole novel would be about Jessie tryi
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Stepheny
This book and I have a long history. When I was 9 or so, my mother gave me permission to read books from the “adult section” of the library. She gave me a note to hand to the librarian and all. So, after summer rec, I went into the library and decided I was ready to read some Stephen King. My sister read his books and she said they were better than the RL Stine ones. I had already gone through all the goosebumps and RL Stine “teen books”(don’t know if they are called anything special) and was re ...more
Mandy Crider
Apr 21, 2015 Mandy Crider rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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PirateSteve
Aug 18, 2015 PirateSteve rated it it was amazing
The regularity in which Stephen King writes 3 plus and 4 star books is staggering. What surprised me with Gerald's Game is after all these years Mr.King chose this book to spit in the face of horror.

This book commences with a solid, voyeuristic 4 star plot.

We move into the middle of the book like a hungry dog looking for it's next meal. Sniffing around for clues of what may happen next and how we would react.
3 plus/4 star writing pulls us into the story until it's no longer voyeuristic. It's
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Carol
Apr 04, 2013 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, read-2013
YIKES! This is one scary, creepy and unsettling book! Also sometimes disturbing, this horror story has many angles and surprises all the way to the unexpected ending. Quite a page-turner.
Ali
Mar 23, 2007 Ali rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: favorites
If you are into handcuffs and sex you'll love and then immediately hate this book. I guarantee that after reading this book you will never willingly use real handcuffs again. Leave it to King to ruin another favorite pasttime.
Christy
Oct 01, 2015 Christy rated it it was amazing
Oh my gosh. So good! I bought this book for a quarter--and it was the best darn quarter I ever spent! What would be a pretty boring subject to work with in most writer's hands, is a true page turner in King's. It's full of psychological and physical tension the whole way through (with some majorly gross scenes, and creepy ones that make you want to sleep with your light on!).

The majority of the book (about 3/4) is just one woman, chained to a bed after her husband dies playing a sex game she de
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Aj the Ravenous Reader
I know Stephen King is a legendary author especially when we're talking about the horror genre. I know for a fact that many horror movies were adapted from his well written novels but I definitely would not want to see a movie adaptation of this one. This book is just gross. The images used are just nauseating. Perhaps Stephen King deserves credit for being able to create for his readers super vivid imagery, you can just see how horrible it is in the reader's faces. This is why, I tagged this as ...more
Jamie
Aug 06, 2008 Jamie rated it it was ok
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 all that) when her husband dies of a heart attack has its moments.

Jessie Burlingame, the book's ensnared heroine, spends almost the whole time handcuffed to a bed. Geralyn says she once tried to read the
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Jeff Veesenmeyer
Mar 23, 2007 Jeff Veesenmeyer rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: noone
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Becky
3.5 Stars

Being a lifelong King fan has its ups and downs, for sure, but it always makes things interesting. Like the time that this book was confiscated by a "concerned teacher" when I brought it to school with me. I think I was somewhere around 14 or 15ish, and had already been reading King for 5-6 years by that point. But she didn't care - this teacher didn't think Stephen King was appropriate reading material, that he wrote trash, and that I was better off reading, I dunno, Milton or somethin
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Alissa
Jun 05, 2007 Alissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This isn't a ground-breaking book. I can't tell you what about it I loved. It's gory, it's graphic, it's disturbing. It totally appealed to my sense of horror and fear. In fact... now that I think about it, this book may be part of the reason that I developed an OCD where I had to check all the doors and windows every night and was convinced when I'd wake up in the middle of the night that there was someone in the house... But hey, if a book can weave its way into your head like that, it has to ...more
Bill Khaemba

“If anyone ever asks you what panic is, now you can tell them: an emotional blank spot that leaves you feeling as if you've been sucking on a mouthful of pennies.”

I still believe that this is one of King’s best and most terrifying books ever. He managed to put the characters and the reader in one of the scariest situation, even after re-reading this I still hold my breath and anxious throughout.

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Neja
Mar 03, 2014 Neja rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
This is only a second book I've read, written by the incredible author Stephen King. And I now fully understand why he's so successful, why so many of his books got picked for movies. The way he describes things, situations, feelings, people… it's the way every author should do it. It's so detailed, so real you can almost smell it, feel it, feel the fear, the horror, the pain. There were parts in this book, that were so disgusting, wrong, awful that I had to take breaks reading it. It was too re ...more
Stephanie
Mar 26, 2008 Stephanie rated it did not like it
I hated this book the first time I read it, and hated it more the second time because I actually understood why I hated it.
It is SO overwrought and drawn out. Every second of the main character's struggle is described in extreme detail; her inability to think clearly, the way she freaks out about every single little thing, the way her tiniest little motions are described in aching, unrealistic detail as she over-thinks the whole ordeal... this makes the book nigh unreadable. It's extremely frust
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Cody
Mar 14, 2017 Cody rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stephen-king
Gerald's Game is a brutal, exhausting read. With this 1992 novel Stephen King did the impossible: he wrote a harrowing, haunting novel about one woman trapped in a room . . . and he managed to make it so damn interesting! Not only that, I feel this is King's scariest work. That's subjective, of course, but it's the opinion of this humble reviewer.

Jessie and Gerald Burlingame have gone up to their summer cabin on Dark Score Lake in the middle of October for a weekend getaway. The community is al
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orsodimondo
Nov 21, 2012 orsodimondo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: americana
PIÙ CHE UN GIOCO, È UNA PRESA IN GIRO
Lo spunto è interessante, promette bene: purtroppo non mantiene affatto.
Si tratta di un'idea da racconto, non dovrebbe andare oltre poche decine di pagine.

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Invece King la tira in lungo e in largo, e questa edizione italiana peggiora tutto: 300 pagine fitte fitte rendono la lettura una fatica, la traduzione è abborracciata, la copertina orrenda.

Immagino che la scelta di dilatare oltre misura una storia come questa sia dovuta a ragioni commerciali, il romanzo s
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Jaro
May 11, 2015 Jaro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another one of those King novels that thwart the expectations of its premise and reputation. I was surprised how rich and dynamic this story was, even though there is only one character who is chained to a bedpost all alone in a remote cabin. Well maybe not all alone. On the floor beside her is her dead husband, and then there are of course her Thoughts, that take the form of some very distinct and real (and well-meaning?) Voices in her head, and add to that a disturbing Unresolved Past that she ...more
Susan
Nov 07, 2008 Susan rated it did not like it
One of those can I have my time back please novels. The only book by King I absolutely HATED!!!
Angel Gelique
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Jessie and Gerald have planned a trip to their summer house on the lake, even though it's October. Gerald has one thing on his agenda: Playing his games. This time, his games include a set of steel handcuffs. Jessie has agreed to the "fun." But once handcuffed to the bed posts, she starts having second thoughts. She tells Gerald to release her. At first it seems as though he may comply. But then he completely disregards her pleas. Angry, Jessie believes that he is feigning ignorance--that he kn
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Morgue Anne
Apr 17, 2007 Morgue Anne rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Any Stephen King Fan
I'm not easily scared, but parts of this book actually had me check my closet! A creepy recounting of a mythical woman who finds herself handcuffed to a bed in the same room as her dead husband. Amazing tale of survival and the terrifying thoughts that cross our mind in our darkest hours. If you're a fan of Stephen King, then you'll love this one. Deffinitly one of his finer works.
Ashley Daviau
I think this just may be my least favourite King book that I've read so far. And it pains me to say that because I normally love his books so much! This one just kind of fell in the middle for me. While I did enjoy some parts and find myself reading through them quickly, there were other parts that I found just dragged on and had to resist flipping through them. All in all I wouldn't say it was a total flop but Gerald's Game just wasn't up to King's usual standards for me!
Wayne Barrett
Jun 12, 2015 Wayne Barrett rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, stephen-king, 2015
I have commonly heard this book being referred to as 'disturbing' and now that I have read it I wholeheartedly agree.
It is disturbing, but for a story in which nearly the entire plot is focused on one person in one room, there are a lot of layers to Geralds Game. Our victim, Jessie, faces a physical nightmare that is compounded by psychological nightmares that stem from repressed memories of past abuse. It's bad enough that she has to overcome her restraints, those wrapped around her wrists and
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Bill Khaemba
CAUTION IF YOU HAVE ANXIETY DON'T DARE OPEN THE FIRST PAGE


Women alone in the dark are like open doors... and if they cry out for help, who knows what dread things may answer


I honestly don't know what i expected going into this novel, but Goddamn!!! Stephen King did it again. Goosebumps, looking over my shoulder, always in a well lit room and jolly I was scared shitless. Sometimes I thought if continuing with the book was good idea, for my own mental health and when a book does that to you,
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Stephanie
Sep 17, 2014 Stephanie rated it really liked it
This was my 3rd read of Gerald's Game... Read it back in 1992 when it was published and then listened to unabridged audiobook back in 1994 when my husband and I took a road trip -- with Maine being one of our destinations.... It was as I remembered... A bit different than standard SK... A big psychological element... A bizarre premise to start out the story... a creepy villain.... I know that this one has mixed reviews, but I really enjoyed --- although not my favorite SK!!!
Kirstin
Apr 07, 2014 Kirstin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
That is definitely the most horrific King novel I've read. I need a hot shower, a cold glass of water(or 5), and to never, ever turn the lights out again. 5 seriously disturbing stars!
C.W.
Aug 06, 2015 C.W. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good writing - one of Stephen King's strong suits is giving an in-depth look into the mind and life of a specific individual, which he does in this - but just really drawn out and unnecessary at a lot of times. Certain parts were just too much. The last 1/4 of this seemed to come completely from left field and was just really out of place. He should've ended it right before that part started. Honestly probably still would've gotten three stars, though. Well written I think, and well narrated, bu ...more
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