Gerald's Game

Gerald's Game

Book - 1992
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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 said. Oh my God, I am all alone out here. I am all alone. "

Once again, Jessie Burlingame has been talked into submitting to her husband Gerald's kinky sex games--something that she's frankly had enough of, and they never held much charm for her to begin with. So much for a "romantic getaway" at their secluded summer home. After Jessie is handcuffed to the bedposts--and Gerald crosses a line with his wife--the day ends with deadly consequences. Now Jessie is utterly trapped in an isolated lakeside house that has become her prison--and comes face-to-face with her deepest, darkest fears and memories. Her only company is that of the various voices filling her mind...as well as the shadows of nightfall that may conceal an imagined or very real threat right there with her...
Publisher: New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Viking, 1992
ISBN: 9781501144202
1501144200
9780670846504
0670846503
Characteristics: 332 p. : map ; 25 cm

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erinsnest
Feb 05, 2017

Feb 04 2017......Cleaning out my bookshelves, so reading this before I pass it on. Must say, the first chapter was interesting, and a bit funny, but after that I was a little bored. Must say that I am more into non-fiction these days, so maybe I am not the best judge. I used to love Stephen King books, but that was long ago. Oh well. Food for thought though.....keep the phone handy......or I could end up in a similar situation, as we're getting up there! (Minus the handcuff's, way too risky!)

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c67macdonald
Jul 13, 2016

Excellent read comparable to his book "Thinner" classic Stephen King and worth the read and it does make one think.

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gage2010
Jul 10, 2014

Not the best written Stephen King book (it's repetitive and mostly takes place in a bedroom), but there is terror in it.

It seems like I'm giving a lot away here, but not really. The summary on the back of the book hints to almost all of this and what it doesn't mention is introduced within the first five or so chapters:

Her husband gets ripped to shreds by a dog and a man watches her at night (I imagined "Death" from the TV show "Supernatural" for this role). Also, she almost dies from dehydration and blood loss and has to deal with her past of being molested as a child. And then add the fact that she's a schizophrenic. A creepy read that'll keep you wanting to carry on.

Due to these reasons, I wouldn't read it again, but I'm glad I read it.

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pinkeye
Jul 18, 2012

This is a chilling book, but it left me with a neutral impression overall. Through the book, it is difficult to say whether Jessie is slipping into madness or if she is sane, until the end. Tense, creepy, the book is full of corpses, incest, and uncomfortable situations.

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Jul 10, 2014

gage2010 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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