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3.50  ·  Rating details ·  122,271 ratings  ·  3,574 reviews
Now a Netflix movie directed by Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Hush) and starring Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood.

Master storyteller Stephen King presents this classic, terrifying #1 New York Times bestseller. When a game of seduction between a husband and wife ends in death, the nightmare has only begun…

“And now the voice which spoke belonged to no one but herself. Oh my God, it
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Paperback, 468 pages
Published February 16th 2016 by Gallery Books (first published May 1992)
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Louise Phillipson Well if she'd worked it out on page 10, we wouldn't have had much of a story, would we???
István Regös Because it's not a typical Stephen King-horror story. It's very hard to read and it's very good. People don't want to invest that much energy into a…moreBecause it's not a typical Stephen King-horror story. It's very hard to read and it's very good. People don't want to invest that much energy into a so called "horror" novel. It's well worth reading it. it's challenging but takes you on a journey like no other book.(less)
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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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PirateSteve
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The regularity in which Stephen King writes 3 plus, 4 and 5 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
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Jeffrey Keeten
Jun 14, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
ALet
May 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
★★★/ 5

I equally liked and equally disliked this book. The story itself was not bad, but the particular things didn’t work for me. This book showed troubled marriage and how the past can affect people. I had this problem that I couldn’t get attached to the characters and that brought out me of the story a lot. It was a quick read, but not very fascinating. It is horror novel and it at times actually was scary, but from my point of view, the real horror is making the story feel realistic and thing
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Mads
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: movies, scary-shit
Read this BOOK in September 18, did not love the movie as much as book

My first SK book!!! Will not be my last

-> read it because of my friend Ron's review link below

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

Review missing was something like blah-blah-blah not so scary as I thought it will be!!! I cannot remember to be honest do not feel like writing new review!!!

Love the author writing style and I survived my first SK book - high five for me 😎😎😎
Mario
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, favorites, own-read
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
Bradley
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, 2017-shelf
I'm revising my previous estimation of this book up one star.

I'm gonna be a little spoilery. :)

Why? The re-read was actually rather satisfying. Yes, it's a novel about survival and all the kinds of crap that men make women do to satisfy themselves, but it's also a rather moving novel about keeping (or losing) one's sanity in the face of all those expectations.

Never mind the sheer horror of being handcuffed to a bed without hope of being saved because your lover just keeled over, or watching a d
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Johann (jobis89)
"Some nightmares never completely ended."

Jessie and Gerald Burlingame head to their holiday home by the lake in Maine for an afternoon of... certain activities. However, things quickly take a turn when Gerald drops dead from a heart attack, leaving Jessie handcuffed to the bed. Jessie is left to face all of her worst fears, as the voices in her head take over...

As someone who has a relatively short attention span, the premise of one character trapped in one location for almost the entirety of th
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Leo .
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sr3yas
Nov 19, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
DNF 33%

Trust me, I really tried.
(I chose to watch the movie instead, which is actually great! So if you find yourself stuck like me, tune in to Netflix and save some time)
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/

People who know me are aware that I’m not much of a re-reader. Sure I’ve read Harry Potter a few times, but it’s not a general practice. When I saw Gerald’s Game was a new Netflix original, I thought I should give it another go. I assumed my mediocre rating was due to the fact that I read this back when I was a wee little high schooler and perhaps my delicate psyche wasn’t equipped to deal with it. About halfway through my second go ‘r
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Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
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Whilst I have read a number of Stephen King books, mostly as a teenager, I was drawn to Gerald’s Game, due to the recent Netflix adaptation. Normally I would prefer to read the novel before the on screen adaptation, but in this case, I watched the screen version first. I enjoyed it immensely and as a result, I was keen to get my hands on the book. I always feel the book provides more depth and goes that one step further than the screen version.

Basically, Ger
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Bill Khaemba
UPDATE: The adaptation was phenomenal!!! Captured the tone of the book, well acted & absolutely unsettling
“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 anxi
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Stephanie (That's What She Read)
4.5

Gerald's Game really took me by surprise. I don't know what I was expecting, I knew it was essentially a one-character novel where a woman handcuffed to the bed has to deal with the external pressures of getting finding a way to get out of her situation, but it also dealt with the internal issues and memories she has been repressing for decades. So right up front, one of the only things that I didn't like about the story was the ending. It seemed to stretch out in an unnecessary way and expla
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Mandy
Apr 21, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Ron
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
”...but when a person is alone in the dark, all bets are off. Men and women alone in the dark are like open doors, Jessie, and if they call out or scream for help, who knows what dread things may answer?”

“Alone in the dark” is the key phrase up there. If there was a thing I remembered from the first time I read Gerald's Game, besides Jessie being handcuffed to the bed, it was the sun going down on her day. Night is coming. The thing that makes this book good, scary even, is realizing early i
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Neja
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Erin
This was a hard one to rate. I'm going with 3 stars but I don't know if it deserves 3 stars. My feelings about this book were all over the place. At the beginning of the book I was bored and uninterested but about 100 pages in I became completely addicted but towards the end the story lost steam again. So I'm giving Gerald's Game 3 stars but I don't feel great about it.

Gerald's Game is probably one of the most polarizing Stephen King novels I've ever read. The reviews are all over the place, wh
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Carol
Apr 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013, thriller
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.
Jamie
Aug 06, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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Ali
Mar 23, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Raeleen Lemay
Read for Popsugar's 2018 Reading Challenge #1: A Book Made into a Movie You've Already Seen

(more like 3.5/5 stars)

This was was a strange reading experience for me. At times, it was super interesting and I didn't want to put it down, but at other points I was considering DNFing it. If it weren't for the boring, rambling bits that I feel weren't necessary, this would easily be a 4 star book for me. It was SO nasty and fucked up in so many ways (which I really liked) but it was also all over the pl
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Cody | codysbookshelf
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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Edward Lorn
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
WARNING: Here, there be language. If naughty words offend you, putter on past.

GERALD'S GAME is best if you know nothing about it. If you plan to read it, skip this review. It is also the only King novel that I'm sure will never see film. And I kind of like that about it.

Stephen King took a huge chance with GERALD'S GAME. First off, this is a three-hundred-plus page novel about a woman handcuffed to a bed. Even in a master storyteller's hands, a tale like this can become tedious. The novel do
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A.J. Sefton
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Well, I suppose we've all been there at some point. Not necessarily handcuffed to the bedpost with only our dead spouse for company, but wondered what we would do if we were trapped and our life was at stake. I know I have.

In this highly detailed story, a woman is alone with the corpse of her husband and we discover the thoughts she has as she reflects on the discomforts and trauma of her life. Amongst these thoughts are her plans to obtain a drink of water and ultimately to escape.

The story is
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Andre Gonzalez
This is the lowest rating I've ever given a Stephen King book. I've always heard negative comments about Gerald's Game, but decided to read it before the movie comes out later this year.

Overall, the story was good and entertaining. Different!

However, I feel it was just too drawn and dragged out, overboard! A lot of parts started to take too long to develop or seemed repetitive. I think if this book was trimmed in half and read as a novella like The Body or The Shawshank Redemption, then we have
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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
Jeff Veesenmeyer
Mar 23, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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