Gerald's Game

Gerald's Game

by Stephen King
3.9 209

Paperback(Mass Market Paperback - Reissue)

View All Available Formats & Editions

Temporarily Out of Stock Online

Eligible for FREE SHIPPING


Gerald's Game by Stephen King

Alone in their bedroom, Jessie and Gerald Burlingame
are playing a game of trust and controll. But when her husband
takes the game too far by handcuffing her to a bedpost, Jessie
lashes out--with deadly results. But now she is trapped, with
no way to escape the deathly quiet of the room. Over the next
twenty-eight hours, Jessie will come face-to-face with her most
terrifying nightmares that exist in the last place she would
ever look...her mind!

Praise for GERALD'S GAME: * "Harrowing psychological terror."--
New York Times * "Cunningly orchestrated...kept us up half the
night, we couldn't put it down."--Newsweek * "One of his best."-
-USA Today

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451176462
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/10/2001
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.87(h) x 1.15(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes Sleeping Beauties (co-written with his son Owen King), End of Watch, the short story collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Finders Keepers, Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel and now an AT&T Audience Network original television series), Doctor Sleep, and Under the Dome. His novel 11/22/63—a recent Hulu original television series event—was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers. His epic works The Dark Tower and It are the basis for major motion pictures. He is the recipient of the 2014 National Medal of Arts and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.


Bangor, Maine

Date of Birth:

September 21, 1947

Place of Birth:

Portland, Maine


B.S., University of Maine at Orono, 1970

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Gerald's Game (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 209 reviews.
JessLucy More than 1 year ago
Super scary and disturbing novel! This book starts out with a husband and wife at their cabin in a remote location. What started as sexy fun and games quickly turns terrifying. I was mad at King about the how the issue of the stray dog was resolved; he didn't do anything wrong! Anyway, this book truly scared me...after reading it one night I woke up in the early hours to use the bathroom and I was so spooked I made my German Shepherd come to the bathroom with me! I couldn't believe the ending; King really surprised me with this one! I would also recommend: The Stand, The Dark Tower Series (especially Wizard and Glass), Needful Things, and The Eye of The Dragon. You may also like the novels of Dean Koontz, especially the older ones (Whispers, Watchers, Night Chills, Phantoms, and Cold Fire).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the kind of Stephen King novel I absolutely love. Gerald's Game is a story of psychological horror, with the merest hint of something supernatural (or not) only at the very periphery of the story. At the heart of this story, however, are the very real horrors of this world, particularly the ones from our past that continue to haunt us in very real (albeit unconscious ways). This book stands alongside Cujo, Misery, and the early Bachman books to name but a few. This is where Stephan King excels. He knows what scares us, and this one is truly frightening.
Sean_Patrick_R More than 1 year ago
Without spoiling anything from the story, and making this long, I can only say this is a book that makes me question the mind of the author. Simply to think all of this up and put it down in writing is absolutely scary. Partially from what happens before the Main Character and her Father, the way her entire ordeal is handled, and I guess just every aspect of it. I have always been aware that Stephen King is an amazing writer. Now I am starting to realize just how creative he can be. You'll feel chained up in the room with her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is terrifying, and what makes it so great is you will never guess the ending. I highly recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The mind of stephen king is so complex. I have no idea how he could of come up with the plot of this novel..but its one of the best books ive ever read. Psychological thriller? Yyyyeahhh. Amazing. Read it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I never knew, until 'Gerald's Game', that a book could actually make me scream. The plodding narrative is gruelling, the suspense is almost physically painful and near the end, after she escapes, I screamed. Anyone who has read it remembers the yellow mustard. When I put 'Gerald's Game' aside, I didn't quite know how to feel about what I had just experienced. Did I enjoy reading it? NO!! It was exhausting, boring and horrendously scary at the same time. You don't curl up under a cozy blanket with this book; you curl up in the fetal position and pray that it ends soon. Was I glad I read it? Yes. I thought the ending made up for everything. Would I ever read it again? I can't. I was so disturbed by this book I brought it to a used bookstore the NEXT day, refusing to put my friends and family through what I had just been through. Now THAT is what horror fiction should do to you. Thanks Mr. King!!
EssencePress More than 1 year ago
Stephen King's Gerald's Game, is a masterpiece of simple plot development, finetuning the detail of the enviroment that surrounds its main character Jessica. Only with Stephen King's writing style can you get 343 pages of drama and horror facing the main charcter who is trapped on a bed for two days. It is brilliant how he is able to work and devlop the character of Jessica. We read her everythought, we feel her pain, we feel her terror, as well as her trauma we get to know the important people that have effected her lives for the better or worse. Yet the plot was very simple with only a few twists and turns but full of detail. I would recommend this book for people with a strong stomach, someone at least over 16, and writers who would like to learn how to devlop characters in novels.
songcatchers More than 1 year ago
Gerald's Game is a pretty terrifying book. Not necessarily in the way many of his books are though. It's a different kind of terror, more of a claustrophobia I guess. It starts with a middle aged married couple, Jessie and Gerald, at their cabin in the woods. They are getting a little kinky, with Jessie handcuffed to the bed, when Gerald has his heart attack and drops dead on the floor. That's when the terror starts. This book really made me cringe. Just reading the blurb, before I even started reading the book, I think I cringed. It's a horrifying scenario to imagine! The book flashes between Jessie trying to escape the cuffs and Jessie as a little girl, during the solar eclipse, when something happens to her that she has never gotten over. And if being handcuffed to a bed in the middle of nowhere isn't scary enough for you, King wrote in a little nighttime visitor that would give anybody goosebumps.
PiccoultFan More than 1 year ago
This was the scariest book I have ever read! I finished it in two days because I could not put it down. There is a description of a "figure" in this story that is horrifying! I was wincing at some moments in the story, rooting for Jessie to survive. It is gruesome at points, but really adds to the terror that this novel is. Do not read at night!!! The only down part was I thought the ending left some unanswered questions that I would like to know the answers to!
Lindsie More than 1 year ago
When I started reading this book ill admit that I got a little bored and almost put it down. But the more and more I read the more interesting the story got. I was thinking to myself "How can a book be this long when a woman is only handcuffed to the bed!?" but there was so much more to it than that. This woman has voices in her head, she has a past during the "Solar Eclipse" and that evil man that comes at night. Right on. It scared me when it got to that part. Good ending, great plot good novel. All Stephan King readers should read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book. It was wonderfully scary. I felt as tho I was as bound up as she was. It was really psychologically frightening. Mr King and his imagination continue to astonish me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is king at his best. This book sets King apart from other authors and proves why he is the best
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thid book is really good but very twisted.... i love stephen king
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the first King book I did not care for. I did finish it though, so it wasn't too bad. Its just one I would not read again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book thinking it was going to be like Misery, but boy was I wrong. I read the first few pages and I almost puked!! I almost considered not reading the rest of it. But as I kept reading it, I saw that it was a pretty good book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an unbelievable read. The simple story line unfolds to a hair-raising tale. Notice the connection between Gerald's Game and Dolores Claiborne. Both feature an unforgettable solar eclipse connection. Highly recommended!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you've ever seen The Sixth Sense, then you know the sound in the movie where the woman in the robe passes by the bathroom when the boy is peeing. There were a few times when I heard that sound in my mind as I read this book--a few lines that just shut out all else and let in terror. I cannot tell you enough how compelling this book is. I thought, 'Over 400 pages about a woman handcuffed to a bed?' But it's so psychologically horrifying, and I have read many of SK's works but I stand when I say, this is his scariest I've come across in my 'constant reading.' Take my advice: read this book during the day with a glass of water at hand. Oh it's wonderful. Perfect. And completely petrifying.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The novel Gerald's Game is probably King's weirdest novel of all time. To me it was OK till it get suspenseful at the end. Jessie is a girl who had horrible childhood thanks to the dad! One day she hears a click on her left hand, which was a pair of handcuffs thanks to the loving husband Gerald. She then kills him by accident and now a dog is inside her room eating him. If that's bad, then it gets worst after believing to see guy in her house. Next thing she must escape or she will be dead! This is King's weirdest novel of all time. Everything goes weird story, so if you want to read then go ahead. My opinion is go ahead read it if you want to! On a note I actualy give this book a 3 1/2 out of 5. Read it if you want to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most Terror filled novels I have ever read. This kept me up at night(with ALL the lights on!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book! It was original and really interesting. I understood how Jessie felt after the memories from the eclipse came back to her. It had suspense and some parts even disturbed me. I love books like that. This is definitely one of my favorite books!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although Stephen King has written better books, Gerald's Game is chillingly eerie. King does a great job of placing you right in the middle of the book and making you feel what the character, Jessie, is feeling. A lousy ending kept this from getting a perfect score. In spite of this AND the fact that King has written better, I say give it a chance and see what you think. You can't take an online book reviewer's word for it; you just have to read it yourself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i could not put this book down when picked it up it was great relly scary espesely in some parts i loved it
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved the idea for the book's plot: a husband handcuffs his wife to a bed, he dies, and she is left handcuffed to the bed. This seemed to be the best opportunity for King to really show off his ingenius, however frightening, imagination. Yet, the book (in my humble opinion) pooped out after a couple of chapters. Instead of being terrified and horrified, I find myself skipping through endless pages of the woman's internal dialogue and continuous flashbacks. I got as close to finishing the book as I could before I finally put it down and moved on to another book. This is not King's best. And I think he is by far the best of the best in his genre.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I pride myself on not being frightened by many things, this was not one of them! I am still jumping at noises and (mostly) shadows after reading this a week ago. Bravo!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very intersting and scary book great read