By Stephen King

Misery - Stephen King
  • Release Date: 2016-01-01
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 790 Ratings


The #1 New York Times bestseller about a famous novelist held hostage in a remote location by his “number one fan.” One of “Stephen King’s best…genuinely scary” (USA TODAY).

Bestselling novelist Paul Sheldon thinks he’s finally free of Misery Chastain. In a controversial career move, he’s just killed off the popular protagonist of his beloved romance series in favor of expanding his creative horizons. But such a change doesn’t come without consequences. After a near-fatal car accident in rural Colorado leaves his body broken, Paul finds himself at the mercy of the terrifying rescuer who’s nursing him back to health—his self-proclaimed number one fan, Annie Wilkes. Annie is very upset over what Paul did to Misery and demands that he find a way to bring her back by writing a new novel—his best yet, and one that’s all for her. After all, Paul has all the time in the world to do so as a prisoner in her isolated house...and Annie has some very persuasive and violent methods to get exactly what she wants...

“King at his best…a winner!” —The New York Times
“Unadulteratedly terrifying…frightening.” —Publishers Weekly
“Classic King…full of twists and turns and mounting suspense.” —The Boston Globe


  • A scary real life parallel

    By dogbook0
    Absolute 10/10, Annie Wilkes is one of the most scary horror book villains I’ve seen, mostly due to the fact that people like her exist.
  • Quintessential King

    By Crucifiction machine
    Nobody tells a story like King. I read this in the 7th grade. And it’s the book that turned me into a reader.
  • Misery is Great!

    By Chisashu
    This book was fascinating. I am glad for my freedom and for my body after reading this book!
  • I have the paperback/physical copy of this book

    By mf⚾️⚾️
    I have the paperback/physical copy of this book and I loved the book it was a mastapiece I definitely recommend this book 100%
  • Absolutely fantastic!

    By Reimyth
    Amazing from start to finish. Really keeps you engaged and never a dull moment! King is phenomenal.
  • chilling and thought provoking

    By babyjayyu
    this is the first stephen king novel i’ve read, and how this man managed to keep me hooked with only 2 characters is mind blowing. i loved it and i’m looking forward to checking out his other works.
  • This is a great read

    By M_L_J
    As with many books made into movie; the book is always better. I saw the movie well before reading the book. Yes the book is better as it is more detailed. Kathy Bates was the the best person to play Annie Wilkes, but major parts were changed and I’m afraid I liked the way they were depicted in the movie better. Never the less. King’s stories are well worth the read.
  • Loved this book

    By moodys13
    I first got this when I was 9, almost 10. I had read The Shining by then. I loved it.
  • Misery

    By Campfire Ghosts
    This novel was crazy good. So, glad I got to read it. Was the first Stephen King book I ever picked up when I was younger—but never finished it. Now I have.
  • Excellent

    By yeetbooksgood
    Ok no doubt this book is amazing it has slow parts, but the atmosphere is just so terrifying props to you Stephen king!