If you enjoyed Mr. Mercedes, this will add to the story retired detective Bill Hodges, while delivering a totally new story that begins in 1978 and ta..Show More »ngles characters and events from Mr. Mercedes into the plot of this story. Stephen King is presenting us with the American nightmare, a late dickensian view of a dream that has gone sour for the many, a world where a first offence is the end for a young man and the making of a criminal with a passion for literature, a country where an economic stumble destroys families and the prospects of the young. A place where the rule is eat or be eaten, pay or stay put with no future or the possibility of higher education. Two thirds of the book develop in this amoral society, with jails where sexual assaults are the norm and businessmen are corrupt, only when Bill Hodges and his associates enter the story a glimmer of morality and optimism is allowed to flourish. A good enjoyable story because of the writing, with characters and a plot that develop with ease and grows in to crescendo of violence and threat. King still rules in this kind of stories and ads a bridge to the next part in this series in the last chapter.
A return to form and writing from Stephen King that we’ve come to expect. I enjoyed the first two books in the series (King is an excellent story tell..Show More »er) but both books were setting the scene for this book. As I always say for his books, King is an excellent story teller and he builds detailed and believable characters.
As the book unfolds you wonder how our modern world can make sense of a serial killer that kills by entering your mind and talking you into committing suicide. I thought I knew how the book would end, and despite changing my mind several times as I was reading the book I was wrong about the ending.
What more can I say about the book – it’s a Stephen King and this time he got the ending right