Sunday, August 7, 2016

End of Watch; Stephen King

End of Watch; Stephen King
Book #3 of The Bill Hodges trilogy
Scribner - 2016


The much anticipated third book of the Bill Hodges Trilogy opens with a flashback to 7 years earlier when a deranged driver, Brady Hartsfield, driving a stolen Mercedes plows the vehicle into a crowd of people waiting in line for a job fair to open.  In that incident many people died and others were permanently disabled.

Brady Hartsfield is now in a coma at the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic.  In his condition what more harm could he possibly do to unsuspecting people? The answer would be plenty! Behind the blank stares lurks new powers, more evil and the possibility of more deaths.

Bill Hodges, a retired detective now with a private practice returns once again in this installment and he is pretty sure that Brady just may be faking his coma.  Holly Gibney, socially awkward but, a delightful character returns as well working closely with Hodges.

I really enjoyed this series and it's one you really should read in order: Mr. Mercedes,  Finder's Keepers and End of Watch.  There is violence, suicide and acts of revenge throughout this story, so as long as you don't mind reading about such things in fiction, I do recommend this series.  If you are obsessed with video games, this particular story may give you a few extra chills as well.

4/5 stars
(library download)

12 comments:

  1. I loved this first book and bought the second one as soon as it came out but I haven't read it yet. I need to get to it so I can finish the series!

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    1. The first was my favorite but, I like the whole series.

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  2. I remember Mr. Mercedes well! I'm a bit curious about what happens of course after the ending but I guess I better read in order if I decide to follow up!

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  3. Hmmm, I haven't read any in this trilogy. Might have to listen to them on audio, now that all three are released. I hate waiting for the next installment in a trilogy. I can never remember what happened in the previous book!

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    1. The good things about this series, they bring you up to speed with the previous installments -- more or less but, I would still read them in order.

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  4. I like his writing but one does need to be in the mood for, as you say, "violence, suicide and acts of revenge" not to mention, often, horror!

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    1. That is so true Jill. Sometimes King does get a little carried away but, there is no horror, so to speak, in this series but, plenty of violence.

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  5. Creepy King is really quite Royal!

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  6. I have been waiting for years for myself to get ready to read the horror master. Someday.

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  7. This last installment was a good conclusion to the series. I will miss the characters.

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  8. I've never been much one for books with a lot of violence but I do love King's writing. So...maybe someday.

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