May 05 2016

Read of the Town | End of Watch

First there was Mr. Mercedes with its creepy cover of blood rain falling on an open umbrella and the mysterious sticker of a smiley face on the handle. Then Finders Keepers, with the same rain of blood, only this time on an open book (perhaps a journal). Now the Bill Hodges Trilogy comes to a close with End of Watch.

I have not read the second book yet but I did power through the first one in under one week. As appears to be the Stephen King signature, there was a tragic and unexpected death contained within. I can only imagine how this trilogy will end…

I’m not a mega fan of Stephen King. I own few of his novels, for the simple reason that I do find his work to be so well written that it feels real to me in my mind and I usually don’t come out the other end in any great shape once I’ve finished one of his books. That isn’t to suggest that’s a bad thing. It isn’t. I’m just saying I don’t think I could read more than maybe two Stephen King novels in one year and even that would be pushing it. I will read all of his great works some day, just not any time soon. I need to space them out, if only for my sanity’s sake.

end-of-watch-stephen-kingNow onto the cover which I think is very telling in maintaining its theme throughout. What I like most is how in the first 2 books it’s raining blood, then in this last book we have a view in a way of where all that blood rain fell. And it’s not as nice as you might have imagined. It looks like a sea of translucent fish. VERY creepy. And of course, the signature creepy smiley face appears again as well.

I’m really looking forward to finishing off this trilogy and I’m sure Stephen King fans everywhere (who have already read the first 2 books) are as well.


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.