Having seen the movie, I expected the book to be better than it was. That is not to say it was bad. King is a master of building suspense, and the suspense was captured nicely in the film adaptation. There isn’t a lot to say about this book that hasn’t been said a thousand times. It is King at the top of his game, but I didn’t find it scary, but I can tell he scared himself as he wrote it, and that is pretty awesome.
Annie Wilkes is a great villain. One of King’s strengths is creating complex, realistic villains, and Annie is probably his greatest creation. And the social commentary of a city man being kidnapped and tortured by a country woman is pretty great fun too.