A different kind of bedtime story from Stephen King, as a game of seduction between a husband and wife ends in death. But the nightmare has only just begun...
While this is one of the best-written stories King has ever published, it will offend many through sheer bad taste. Jessie and Gerald Burlingame have been married for 20 years. Kinky sex is Gerald's game; lately he has taken to handcuffing his wife to the bedposts. During one such session, via a series of bizarre circumstances, Jessie accidentally kills her husband, and for the next 28 hours she is trapped. King effectively uses this tragicomic conceit to take us deep into the mind of "Goodwife Burlingame."sic For the first third of the book he is at the top of his form, creating in Jessie one of his most intense character studies. Then, Jessie's ruminations lead her to remember a long-repressed episode of incest that is startling not because it becomes a central element of the plot, but because the details of the sexual relationship between father and daughter are salaciously--and lengthily--described. The gory stuff--how Jessie escapes her handcuffs, for example--is prime King, but this is subsumed in the book's general tastelessness. A lame wrap-up to what might have been a thrilling short story only further compromises the enjoyment readers might have found in this surprisingly exploitative work. 1.5 million first printing; $750,000 ad/promo; BOMC main selection.
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1 . Interesting Read
Posted January 09, 2011 by Kabage , Belleville, OntarioI enjoyed this book by Stephen King. I am a fan of his work, but I would not extend that to say I love all of his stories.
This book was interesting and something a little more realistic as opposed to some of his other books.
The one thing that troubled me was all the spelling and grammatical errors. I am not sure if it was from being translated into an EBook but the mistakes were plentiful. I think I was only into the second chapter and had counted 11 errors. I find it quite difficult to continue reading with a massive amount of errors, but because I was curious how it ended I finished it.
2 . Intense and Compelling - Cliche but appropriate
Posted July 01, 2010 by OlsonReader , NoDakThis book started off strong, there was no doddling around, the story was in full swing from the beginning. Like most Stephen King novels, I couldn't hardly put it down. I found myself reading into the early morning because I had to see what was coming next. Another thing I liked about this book was the reality of it, it gave it an extra creepy factor to it. He swung this story with a reality twist that made my skin crawl.
3 . bedtime horror!!!
Posted October 28, 2009 by Mitch , Charlotte, NCWow...this is a dark and disturbing and AMAZING book! There is so much about this book that will scare the hell out of you. I have read it three times and each time it got me disturbed on a deeper level. This one will find your raw and unprotected (and unprepared) places and scratch them until they bleed. You should absolutely be warned that this is horror of the darkest psychological and most adult nature! Be prepared for what you are getting. What always amazes me about this book is that it should be so very simple but turns into something more complex than you can ever imagine. It will ask you...no...FORCE you to answer questions you never even wanted to consider before.
Have fun. (Oh, and leave a glass of water and a magazine subscription card VERY near you when you begin!)
July 07, 2001
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