1992 ***1/2 445 pages

Gerald's Game has been a book that's been hanging over my head for a long, long time. I tried starting it a couple times long before I ever got the motivation to finish it. Why I never really got into it before is beyond me. It seems like a book that would be right up my alley. A woman is handcuffed to a bed in a house out in the middle of nowhere. Her husband has a heart attack and dies. The bulk of the book is told in real time, as she struggles to free herself, remembers her past, and has nightmares/visions of a strange man coming into the room. It's claustrophobic and disturbing, the way a good Stephen King book should be. However, it's not as good as it could have been, and the book takes a strange leap in the last act that doesn't quite work for me. It's not one of King's best works, but it's not bad.