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After reading MR.MERCEDES I knew I would have to finish this series. Stephen King is one of my favorite authors and his delve into police procedural is pretty fucking fantastic. Bill Hodges is a perfectly flawed hero and I grew to really love him.

Review: FINDER’S KEEPERS and END OF WATCH by Stephen KingFinders Keepers by Stephen King
Series: Bill Hodges Trilogy #2
Also in this series: Mr. Mercedes
Published by Simon and Schuster on June 2nd 2015
Pages: 448
Length: 13 hours and 5 minutes
Genres: Fiction, Horror, Thrillers, Suspense, Crime
Also by this author: Mr. Mercedes
Audiobook provided by The Library


A masterful, intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes far too far—a book about the power of storytelling, starring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes King introduced in Mr. Mercedes.
“Wake up, genius.” So begins King’s instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn’t published a book for decades. Morris Bellamy is livid, not just because Rothstein has stopped providing books, but because the nonconformist Jimmy Gold has sold out for a career in advertising. Morris kills Rothstein and empties his safe of cash, yes, but the real treasure is a trove of notebooks containing at least one more Gold novel.
Morris hides the money and the notebooks, and then he is locked away for another crime. Decades later, a boy named Pete Saubers finds the treasure, and now it is Pete and his family that Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson must rescue from the ever-more deranged and vengeful Morris when he’s released from prison after thirty-five years.
Not since Misery has King played with the notion of a reader whose obsession with a writer gets dangerous. Finders Keepers is spectacular, heart-pounding suspense, but it is also King writing about how literature shapes a life—for good, for bad, forever.

In FINDER’S KEEPERS we meet a kid named Pete Saubers who finds a trunk full of money and some unpublished books. Pete has unknowingly found the treasure of Morris Bellamy, a criminal who is nearing the end of a 25 year sentence. Morris became obsessed with a reclusive author who wrote a character called Jimmy Gould. Bellamy didn’t like the way the Jimmy Gould books ended and heard the rumors that the author was still writing the character and keeps a bunch of cash at his home. Bellamy kills the author and steals the money and notebooks hoping to read through and then sell them later on the black market. Morris does something stupid right then and ends up doing time for a crime unrelated to the author’s murder, a crime that goes unpunished.

Pete finds himself in more trouble then he ever imagined when Bellamy finds his treasure is all gone. It doesn’t take much time to figure out who has them when Pete tries to sell them to an old acquaintance of Bellamy’s. It is up to Bill, Holly and Jerome to keep Pete safe and catch the killer.

Although this book felt a little out of place in this series, it was a fantastic read. Pete and Bellamy are so well fleshed out. They both have an everlasting love for Jimmy Gould and that author’s writings. This was an undeniable nod to book lover’s everywhere. The monetary value really pales in comparison to a collector’s value.

“Shit don’t mean shit.”

There was a fair bit of action, but I have to admit I found myself frustrated with Bill’s interference with these characters at first. It would have been 8000x better to see Pete outwit Bellamy. Of course, then this wouldn’t have been a crime thriller trilogy and damn that doesn’t fit. By the end I was satisfied with how Bill, Holly, and Jerome came to this kid’s rescue. Holly became a whole lot more interesting in this book, too. You go gurl!

All in all this was a great read, even if Bill was oddly thrust into the story. The pacing and details felt like Stephen King but the horror aspect was definitely absent from this installment. The last few pages whet my appetite for more of this series. Stephen King can write the shit out of a crime thriller. I’m a fan.

My Rating

Review: FINDER’S KEEPERS and END OF WATCH by Stephen KingEnd of Watch by Stephen King
Series: Bill Hodges Trilogy #3
Also in this series: Mr. Mercedes
Published by Simon and Schuster on June 7th 2016
Pages: 448
Length: 12 hours and 54 minutes
Genres: Fiction, Literary, Thrillers, Suspense, Supernatural
Also by this author: Mr. Mercedes
Audiobook provided by The Library


THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A New York Times Notable Book
The spectacular finale to the New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with Mr. Mercedes (winner of the Edgar Award) and Finders Keepers—In End of Watch, the diabolical “Mercedes Killer” drives his enemies to suicide, and if Bill Hodges and Holly Gibney don’t figure out a way to stop him, they’ll be victims themselves.
In Room 217 of the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, something has awakened. Something evil. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of the Mercedes Massacre, where eight people were killed and many more were badly injured, has been in the clinic for five years, in a vegetative state. According to his doctors, anything approaching a complete recovery is unlikely. But behind the drool and stare, Brady is awake, and in possession of deadly new powers that allow him to wreak unimaginable havoc without ever leaving his hospital room.
Retired police detective Bill Hodges, the unlikely hero of Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers, now runs an investigation agency with his partner, Holly Gibney—the woman who delivered the blow to Hartsfield’s head that put him on the brain injury ward. When Bill and Holly are called to a suicide scene with ties to the Mercedes Massacre, they find themselves pulled into their most dangerous case yet, one that will put their lives at risk, as well as those of Bill’s heroic young friend Jerome Robinson and his teenage sister, Barbara. Brady Hartsfield is back, and planning revenge not just on Hodges and his friends, but on an entire city.
In End of Watch, Stephen King brings the Hodges trilogy to a sublimely terrifying conclusion, combining the detective fiction of Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers with the heart-pounding, supernatural suspense that has been his bestselling trademark. The result is an unnerving look at human vulnerability and chilling suspense. No one does it better than King.

Stephen King has this uncanny ability to take something seemingly safe and twist it into something ugly and scary. In this story he does it with video games. Like a vivid nightmare King is able to conjure up fears for me I didn’t even realize I had using descriptive details.

Brady Hartsfield is back, but not in a way I could of imagined. He was a run of the mill villain in MR.MERCEDES, but now he is on a much higher level. Bill and Holly get a call about some untimely deaths over at the brain injury ward where Brady is being cared for. Holly is on point in this story. She has evolved from a silly side character to one of the key players solving the mystery of how Brady is getting people to hurt themselves. Not only that but Brady uses the thing we love the most against us, social media. Brady is a smart criminal and Bill and Holly work hard to fidgure out what is going on. This story is well timed with all the suicides in the news.

The theme of this book is really friendship and living well. Getting back on board with Bill, Jerome, and Holly was such good fun. They are the kind of friends we all wish we could have. This trio made it into my heart as three of most unlikely to pair up but they are so good together. In my opinion, this book was the best of the whole series. I was so emotional over this book and the characters. It was the perfect ending, even though it made me cry.

My Rating

About Stephen King

Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. He made his first professional short story sale in 1967 to Startling Mystery Stories. In the fall of 1971, he began teaching high school English classes at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels. In the spring of 1973, Doubleday & Co., accepted the novel Carrie for publication, providing him the means to leave teaching and write full-time. He has since published over 50 books and has become one of the world's most successful writers. King is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to the American Letters and the 2014 National Medal of Arts.

Stephen lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. They are regular contributors to a number of charities including many libraries and have been honored locally for their philanthropic activities.

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