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A Masterclass in Storytelling and Tension,
This review is from: Gerald's Game (Paperback)
One of his best. The classic King scenario: place a character in an impossible situation for an unfathomable length of time, alone, and write a whole novel about it.
You are in a cabin in the woods. During one of his sex games your husband has handcuffed you to the bed, but then goes and keels over with a heart attack. What do you do?
The starting point for some immacuately paced writing. King builds and releases tension with indefinable grace. There are moments of squeamish physical horror but it is not strictly a horror novel, for the most part it is all pyschological as we inhabit the female protagonists mind for what seems an unendurable length of time. This is gripping and you'll read it in one sitting. King has a remarkable empathy and deft touch when it comes to drawing his female characters (evident also in Dolores Claibourne) and that empathy is evident here.
Recommended to anyone who wants a lesson in how to structure a story and the masterly use of dramatic tension or those seeking a truly fantastic read.