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A horror novel by Stephen King. The setup is rather High Concept -- during a bondage game proposed by husband Gerald, things go south. Gerald himself ends up dead, and protagonist Jessie Burlingame finds herself in a whole heap of trouble when she's still handcuffed to the bed.



But you said these tropes sounded like fun:

  • Chained to a Bed
  • Better Than Sex: When Jessie finally gets rid of the handcuffs, she feels ecstatic, and thinks that if sex was even half this good, people would be doing it on every street corner.
  • Bondage Is Bad: Surprisingly averted; it's the motivation that can be bad, yes, but not the act itself. Of course, you probably won't want to run off and play with some handcuffs right after reading this.
  • Daddy's Girl: Jessie was like this... until her father sexually molested her.
  • Hearing Voices
  • Parental Incest: And not just confined to backstory either. No, King tackles this ugliness head on.
  • Looks Like Orlok: The creepy stranger, mostly.
  • Signature Style: Stream-of-consciousness writing? Italicized, parenthetical snatches of phrases representing the main character's little brainfarts? Multiple contexts for the same phrase, all of them disturbing? Must be a Stephen King book.
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