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Gerald's Game | King, Stephen | First Edition Book

GERALD'S GAME by Stephen King

First edition, first printing, fine in a fine dust jacket. 1992 NY: Viking ISBN 9780670846504
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Stephen King cranks up the suspense in a different kind of bedtime story. A game of seduction between a husband and wife goes horribly awry when the husband dies. But the nightmare has just begun...

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 the trapped wife. He is at the top of his form, creating in Jessie one of his most intense character studies. 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.

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5 of 5 The rest of the story.... November 17, 2009
Reviewer: David R. from Sacramento, CA United States  
Many times, a writer will allow a minor character to get into an inescapable situation, and then turn away from that aspect of the story to continue the main storyline, only to have that same character re-appear with no explanation as to how they escaped. Stephen King explores one of these situations with incredible detail.

When a kinky sex act goes awry, Jessie finds herself handcuffed to the bedposts with her husband Gerald in a pool of blood at her feet.

Psychologically thrilling, this book should be read in well lit areas with no access to dogs.

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