End of Watch – Book 3
It’s been seven years since the Mercedes Killer, Brady Hartsfield, was knocked on the head and put into a catatonic state. But now he’s awake, even if people haven’t quite been clued into that fact, and he’s got a score to settle. His ultimate quarry is the detective Bill Hodges, and as Brady gains his faculties, as well as some new paranormal skills (telekinesis anyone?), people start committing suicide at a mysterious and alarming rate. King hits his sweet spot in this final episode of the Bill Hodges Trilogy, introducing his talent for horror into a storyline that already has featured some great detective writing. The result is a book that mixes revenge, crime, and otherworldly powers, bringing the trilogy to a thrilling, satisfying close
For nearly six years, in Room 217 of the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, Brady Hartsfield has been in a persistent vegetative state. A complete recovery seems unlikely for the insane perpetrator of the “Mercedes Massacre,” in which eight people were killed and many more maimed for life. But behind the vacant stare, Brady is very much awake and aware, having been pumped full of experimental drugs, scheming, biding his time as he trains himself to take full advantage of the deadly new powers that allow him to wreak unimaginable havoc without ever leaving his hospital room. Brady Hartsfield is about to embark on a new reign of terror against thousands of innocents, hell-bent on taking revenge against anyone who crossed his path—with retired police detective Bill Hodges at the very top of that long list.
I’ve been trying to be patient while I waited for the conclusion of Stephen King’s Bill Hodges trilogy. This book has way more supernatural dealings than his first two books, but that only made them more exciting. I was totally expecting something different from what King gave us in this ending, especially from the way the second book ended. Even with King doing a great job of refreshing your memory of what went on in the last book, it still might not make much sense to you if you’ve not read the other two books.
This book is really long, but then, most of King’s books are, but in all honesty, it felt like it ended way too soon, it’s tough to put this one down. I just kept flipping one more page, just one more page. You know how it goes. Once again the villain in the book is once again, Brady Hartsfield, the Mercedes Killer who drove his gray Mercedes into a crowd of desperate job seekers that killed eight people and injuring many others. The same Brady who was also stopped from blowing up a bunch of teens at a rock concert because Holly cracked his skull open, and a year later, he ends up in a mental hospital, first in a coma, then awake, but with severe brain damage, enough to keep him from going to trial for that and the attempted murder of thousands.
End of Watch is basically about a retired detective and co-owner of the investigative agency Finders Keepers learns about a murder-suicide that tangentially points back to Hartsfield. As more clues come to light, it seems clear that Hartsfield is behind a series of suicides and attempted suicides, but how can that be possible, with him in a mental ward in a near vegetative state? Thousands of lives could be on the line if Hodges, now deathly thin and ailing, can’t figure it out, and stop the suicides in time.
This story is just too good in many ways and bringing them to life is fantastic. Most of the characters are just awesome, even the evil ones. Not evil in the normal Stephen King sense, just in a cop vs serial killer kind of way. The book is so well written. There are not many books out there that touches on my emotions, but this one did. Even though I knew how the final scene would play out, it was still sad when it did.
Title: End of Watch – Book 3
Author: Stephen King
Published Date: June 07, 2016
Series: The Bill Hodges Trilogy
Genre: Crime Fiction, Horror
Format: Hardcover, Kindle
Pages: 449 pages
Reviewed by: Mike Davidson
Our Rating: 4.4 /5
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