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Published by New English Library on November 1st 1988
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Paul Sheldon. He's a bestselling novelist who has finally met his biggest fan. Her name is Annie Wilkes and she is more than a rabid reader - she is Paul's nurse, tending his shattered body after an automobile accident. But she is also his captor, keeping him prisoner in her isolated house.
My dad first read this book when it was first published, and then when the movie came out, he passed it on to me. I remember it being bad, but I definitely did not remember just how horrifyingly bad it truly is. I don’t mean bad as in written badly; I mean bad as in Oh My God I’m Going to Have Nightmares for a Month (and I’m pretty sure I did).
I mean, the movie’s not bad, right? There’s that one scene that makes you cringe, but otherwise it’s not the stuff of nightmares unless you’ve even a bigger scared-cat then me, and I’m pretty pathetic when it comes to horror (though I do love a good Walking Dead episode). But the book was just so, so much worse.
Unfortunately, without writing a bunch of spoilers I feel like I can’t get into specifics, but I’m shuddering just thinking about it. I read this book back in July when I was recovering from surgery & it took me this long to even think about writing a review for it because I couldn’t stop shaking.