Recurring theme:

Main character has a dead spouse

Gerald's Game

Gerald dies in the middle of a sexual encounter with his wife Jessie, and she has to deal with the consequences.


Ralph Roberts suffers from insomnia after his elderly wife passes away.

Bag of Bones

Mike Noonan's wife Johanna dies suddenly from a brain aneurysm.

Lisey's Story

Lisey's Story is about the title character coping with the loss of her husband, Scott Landon.

Pet Sematary

Jud Crandall's wife Norma is teetering on the edge of death for most of the book and ultimately succumbs.

The Green Mile

Paul laments the sudden death of his wife Janice 40 years earlier.