Reviewed by: Bethany
Genre: Fiction – Mystery
Page count: 448
Rating: 4/5 stars
In stock: Yes (Currently 25% off)
The second installment in the Bill Hodges trilogy does not disappoint. Who doesn’t fancy buried treasure and a bit of murder? Though Mr. Mercedes can easily stand on its own, I was more than excited by the prospect of spending more time with these characters, Holly in particular.
I love the idea of the “Great American Novel” and Finders Keepers explores that in great detail, as well as the significant roles that books play in our lives. Though, unfortunately for us John Rothstein and his muse Jimmy Gold will remain works of fiction. Stephen, can you please turn these into tangible works? I need this.
There are also moments where reading with all of your lights on is a requirement, which I think is a Stephen King staple. So, hardcore fans shall not be disappointed!
Here’s a brief synopsis I found on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22453035-finders-keepers):
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.
So, bring on the third book! The last few pages of Finders Keepers hint to a little Mr. Mercedes throwback and I can’t wait.