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4.18  ·  Rating details ·  546,283 ratings  ·  15,104 reviews
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 pain in a strange bed. But it wasn't the hospital. Annie Wilkes had pulled him from the wreck, brought him to
Paperback, 369 pages
Published July 7th 2011 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published June 8th 1987)
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Nov 05, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'Misery' is a gruesome story of torture with blood, guts, and a psychopath. It's a well told tale, the characters are well developed and the fact that there are only two of them never gets boring. It's a real page turner, in fact I finished it tonight after getting off the subway on the platform before I walked home. But, this book is more than just a thriller, just like King is more than just a pulp writer.

I read an article by the ever optimistic and cheerful Harold Bloom in college about how d
Honestly, who among us hasn’t gotten frustrated with their favorite writer and felt like holding them prisoner while forcing them to write the exact book that we want?

Well, don’t do that because it would be wrong! What kind of twisted freaks are you people?!?

Paul Sheldon is a best selling author who just ended his popular series of romance/adventure novels by killing off the lead character, Misery Chastain. After finishing a new novel at a Colorado resort Paul has a car accident and awakes to fi
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin


Damn, I can never get over that one scene!!! She's bat sh•t crazy!

Happy Reading! 🎃👻

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Dan Schwent
To celebrate completing a novel, writer Paul Sheldon goes on a champagne-fueled drive in the Rocky mountains. He winds up in a near fatal car crash, but never fear. He's rescued by Annie Wilkes, his #1 fan...

I watched the film version of Misery in those antediluvian days before Goodreads, hell, before the Internet, and decided to finally read the novel when it showed up on my BookGorilla email one day. It was $2.99 very well spent.

Misery is a tale of obsession, addiction, and obsession. I wrote
With the fore knowledge, I can definitely see how this was originally going to be a Richard Bachman book, with the carnage from the opening scene followed by darkness, madness and torture throughout! Lots of personal knowledge shared via Stephen King's addiction problems, gives this story even more power than the maelstrom of the Number One Fan herself. Some great pacing and segmenting, put me continually on a knife's edge. 8 out of 12.
Johann (jobis89)
Jun 17, 2016 rated it liked it
"I am in trouble here. This woman is not right."

Paul Sheldon, the best-selling writer of the Misery novels, finds himself rescued from a car accident by his number one fan, Annie Wilkes. As the former nurse takes care of him in her home, she finds out he killed off Misery in his latest novel and decides to keep Paul as her prisoner as he writes Misery back to life.

I read a number of Stephen King books pre-bookstagram and pre-goodreads, therefore I have never written a proper review for these boo
Chelsea Humphrey
Please don't come at me with your torches and pitch forks, but for me, this was just fine. 🤷 I promise I'll explain!


My whole life people have had a hard time handling my obsessive passionate personality. I don’t ever just like things- I’m either completely enamored with it or not all that interested. It’s just how I was made. My obsession with Harry Potter is seen as “excessive” and I’m constantly made fun of for my fondness of it. I get asked “aren’t you a little old for that” almost regularly and I have given up trying to respond because I really don’t feel it necessary to explain myself to anyone.

I am als
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
I've been saying for the last year, since I originally read this, that I would come back and write a full review, but honestly, the immediate post-read reaction I wrote below sums it up pretty well. I absolutely freaking loved everything about Misery and I think Annie is one of the most terrifying villains I've ever read in my life. As someone who doesn't tend to enjoy most of King's longer works, please let me know in a comment if you have any recommendations for books of his that are closer to ...more
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-german
It took me longer than usual to get into this King book, which was largely down to the writing style. I felt it was different than his usual style (which is the one I adore so much). I had the same problem when reading The Shining. It was just lacking this "special something", and thus, I felt disconnected from the characters until about a halfway through.

However, all the stuff that was happening up until this point still had an effect on me and absolutely terrified me. And then came the big sh
Two Sundays ago our family experienced a rather harrowing emergency situation. I'm thrilled to report that tragedy was averted; I'm less excited to share that my arm was broken in the process.

A broken arm is a perfectly acceptable price to pay for a whole family, but it is also a painful pain in the ass. And, because I'm a classic overachiever, I broke my arm in the “most painful way possible,” and I have been relegated to bone broth, limited mobility (to prevent the need for surgery) and left h
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
★★★★ /5

Stephen King is an author whose books I always enjoy and Misery was not an exception. I really liked the first part of the book, I founded it very compelling and fascinating, others were a little bit disappointing but I still enjoyed reading them. In addition, it was very psychologically heavy book so it took me a long time to read, but on the other hand writing style really fitted the story.

It was good book, but not my favorite.
a list of things this book was:
- disgusting
- disturbing
- a quick read, surprisingly
- really fond of using sexual assault as a metaphor (cool cool cool)
- harmfully stereotypical in terms of race (the Africa references/setting)
- harmfully stereotypical in terms of gender (so much man-goes-to-work woman-stays-home)
- honestly just pretty hateful toward women??
- all for using the n word without blinking, apparently

a list of things this book was not:
- scary
- all that great of a read for me

bottom line:
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Wow! What a gruesomely disturbing ride Mr King! I must admit, I watched Misery years ago, and I remember not thinking much of it, as it didn't really make me squeamish. In the case of "Misery" I think the book was better, and it took the term "Fucked up" to a new height.

Although this was a great read, I found I didn't love this as much as Pet Sematary, but it was still classic King writing, and it kept me pretty unsettled, until the very end.

And, talking of unsettled, lets talk about Annie Wil
Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

i can tell this my favourite book of Stephen king so far
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, stephen-king
After a car accident, bestselling novelist Paul Sheldon wakes up to find himself in the isolated house of Annie Wilkes, his "number one fan". Paul finds out that Annie has been taking care of him. Soon enough, he also discovers that Annie is totally insane. A roller-coaster ride of a story with two completely unforgettable characters that really came to life for me. I really enjoyed being inside Paul's head and knowing his thoughts as he comes to realize the situation he is in. I also thoroughly ...more
Joe Valdez
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
Stephen King's bibliography conjures images for me of a sinister Santa's workshop, maybe in the South Pole. The elves seemed particularly active in the mid-1980s, hammering out nightmares with the publication of It (which is long enough to comprise four novels) in 1986 and four novels (The Eyes of the Dragon, Misery, The Dark Tower II, The Tommyknockers) in 1987. Production quotas like these make Misery all the more special, a supremely well-written gothic thriller that had me blowing through pa ...more
I read this when I was in College. I found Carrie as a senior in high school and from there I started to plow through his catalog. I read this somewhere between 1995 and 1998. That's over 20 years ago.

I love seeing all the Stephen King videos of the constant reader fandom. When I read those, there wasn't that and I read them for myself and didn't get to share with a community. I am considering doing a re-read of my favorite ones.

I still remember reading this and feeling chills all over my body.
Natalie Monroe
Misery was my first ever Stephen King novel.

There I was, an impressionable 14-year-old girl drunk on romances with none-fade-into-black sex scenes. Then my favorite English teacher recommended I read Misery. "Your life will never be the same," he said.

He was right.

Misery is about the kind of fan that loves their chosen celebrity a little too much. Like the man who shot John Lennon. Or stalkers that drive to Miley Cyrus's house with a bouquet of roses and a foam finger. The odd buttons that spoil
Jan 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book when it first came out, many years ago. Since then, I’ve seen the movie several times, so my memories of the book were a bit hazy, replaced by Kathy Bates yelling “cockadoodie,” and the changes to the infamous hobbling scene because of the inability at the time to CGI what’s described in the book.

The movie is good, especially the performances by Kathy Bates and James Caan, and it does a good job with the surface story. But rereading the book reminded me how much richer the book
I know I have an unpopular opinion on this one, but I thought this was just okay. I have a weird relationship with Stephen King books, I tend to either LOVE them or feel very meh about them, and unfortunately this one left me feeling very meh. The concept of of this book is great, and I love the idea of it: a huge fan of this author finds him in a car wreck and kidnaps him, forcing him to write the next book in a series about a girl named Misery which he has previously ended, and she's forcing h ...more
Will M.
*I just watched the movie and I can safely say that the book was 100x more enjoyable for me. I didn't like the changes that they did, but the cast was spot on. Couldn't ask for a better Paul and Annie.


After the two month hiatus from Stephen King, I promised myself that I'm not going to let the fact that he's my favorite author, affect my rating of whatever book of his I'm reading next. I think I've proven myself before by giving Wizard and Glass a 2-star rating, even if it was damn
Sep 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As dispensers of TLC, nurses can shine.  As with any other particular group of people, there are going to be some rotten apples in the barrel.  Meet Annie Wilkes.  Sly, cunning, and quite mad.  In her care, author Paul Sheldon, who has been grievously injured in a car accident.  The thing is, no one knows he is there in her house.  This is what true horror is made of, and it is accomplished without a smidge of the supernatural.  Insanity and its machinations are in full bloom.  Speaking in sings ...more
An intense, graphic, horrifying story that will keep you at the edge of your seat throughout it's entirety. I've read a few thrillers this year and let me tell you, nothing comes near this. Not even CLOSE.

He was a writer. She was his number one fan. She’d pulled him out of the car-wreck, brought him home, splinted and set his mangled legs. All he had to do in return was to write a very special book, just for her, all about her favourite heroine from his novels.

There were so many layers to this
3.5 stars

This book was creepy to say the least. I enjoyed most of it except for the passages of Misery, how much he talked about Fast Cars, and when he imagined a different scenario and got carried away with it (nothing wrong with the latter, he is a writer, but a few times it went on and on and I was losing interest rapidly). As intrigued as I was, I was bored many times throughout this book, hence the 3 stars rating.

Other than that, Misery is brilliant, the characters were fleshed out, and An
Ahmad Sharabiani
Misery, Stephen King

Paul Sheldon, the author of the best-selling series of Victorian era romance novels featuring the character Misery Chastain, has finished the series' final installment, in which Misery is killed off out of Paul's boredom of her. As Paul celebrates the completion of the manuscript for his new crime novel, Fast Cars, he has an alcohol-induced impulse to drive to Los Angeles rather than fly back home to New York City, but is caught in a snowstorm in a remote section of Colorado,
Kayla Dawn
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books
It took me AGES (4 1/2 fucking months smh) to read this and I have absolutely no idea why. I enjoyed it a lot.

I thought I would like it even more than I did though.
I had a few problems with King's writing style in this particular book (especially in the beginning) even though I'm normally a really big fan of it.
And I was bored to death every time there were actual parts of "Misery" (the book that's being written by the author in this) to read. I don't know why, I just didn't care for them.

Ashley Daviau
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first time reading Misery and all I can think about is how I’ve been depriving myself of this masterpiece for years and I’m filled with regret about it. I could have feasted my eyes on the glory that is this book years and years ago! It has officially clawed its way into my top five King stories, it truly is phenomenal! I think Annie has to be one of my favourite King characters I’ve met yet, that is one crazy bitch! And that’s what makes this story so terrifying, there’s no monsters, ...more
Leo .
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I've been re-visiting some of my King All-star Team this year as audiobooks and am reminded yet again that Uncle Steve is The Man. No matter what asshats and embittered douchebags like "literary critic" Harold Bloom say, King is one of the greatest storytellers in any language of all time, full stop. Is everything he's written pure gold? Of course not. Given the sheer size of the man's canon, that's to be expected. But even when I think King has put up something less
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Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, M ...more

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