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About the Author
- ASIN : B00GEEB52S
- Publisher : Scribner; Media Tie-In edition (June 3, 2014)
- Publication date : June 3, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 6309 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 449 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #14,062 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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As the story unwinds after the climactic events, my emotions surprised me. I've cried while reading books before, but not while reading the words of a bureaucratic proclamation!
I couldn't get enough of this book. King's writing is superb. It was simple, yet complex. It was fast-paced, yet a slow burn. The characters creative, relatable, and unique. I don't think I can really do the book justice with this review.
The story in itself had me hooked. I was all-in from the very beginning. The book flowed and the characters kept me entertained. The twists and ah-ha moments had my heart racing. I couldn't stop reading. I was eager to see how everything turned out.
I love when characters get killed off in books, but only the ones I don't really care about. There was one character that died in this book that had me shaking my head, wondering why that person. Other times, I was holding my breath. I thought for sure he was going to kill off some of my favorites in this book. There's nothing better than an author being able to suspend the suspense for such a long time in a book.
Overall, this book was a hit. I can't wait to move onto the next book in the series. This book is the perfect example of the things I like in a book.
The overarching theme of the series, first shown early in "Mr. Mercedes," is suicide, both the tragedy of it and some people's fascination with it.
In this thriller, Det. Ret. (Detective, Retired) K. William Hodges frequently has suicide on his mind. His life doesn't seem to have much purposes since his retirement, he doesn't often see his old friends, and is largely estranged from his daughter. On top of that, several cases, still open when he left the police force, still weigh on him, especially the case of a man who plowed a Mercedes into a job fair crowd, killing eight and wounding many more.
Then, he receives a letter in the mail from the Mercedes Killer, bragging about the mass murder and taunting him. What ensues is as much a psychological battle as a mystery as Hodges pursues the killer, often breaking the law to do so.
This story is filled with well-rounded characters, complex motivations, and action. It's a powerful start to a fantastic trilogy.
Oh, and I also discovered after finishing the trilogy that there is a "Mr. Mercedes" television series I had no idea existed. With the first season out, I need to figure out where to see it, so I can binge watch it as soon as possible. The pictures of the cast even look close to how I imagined the characters.
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I have no idea why, and as a result, there are now many of his books that I haven't read. This something I intend to rectify.
Mr Mercedes is the first book in a trilogy. I saw it recommended in a book group I'm in, so decided to start here!
I loved this book and read it in record time. It is not King's typical horror story. It's a detective thriller focused on retired cop Bill Hodges. I
Retirement isn't suiting Bill, he misses being a cop, and doesn't really feel like his life has much point anymore. Then one day he receives a letter in the mail. The letter is from Me Mercedes, the case he never got to solve.
I loved this book, and cannot wait to read the other two books in this trilogy.
I saved Mr Mercedes for my annual vacation (sorry to make you jealous, but I'm writing this review on my iPad, on the sundeck of the cruise ship Azura, just off the coast of Italy, while listening to Haydn’s Symphony 103 on my iPod).
I romped through Mr Mercedes in just a couple of days or so, pulled along by King's easy style – the thing I've always most admired about his writing is that it is so immersive; the words fade away in your mind and it becomes like watching a film.
The book is a cat-and-mouse story; one where it's often difficult to tell who is the cat and who is the mouse. Retired detective Kermit William Hodges (thankfully known as Bill to his friends) passes time by watching TV and gaining weight, until a letter arrives from the perpetrator of an unsolved crime, goading him back into life.
Brady Hartsfield is a man without conscience; he takes enjoyment from inflicting misery and has a somewhat unhealthy relationship with his mother. It's often said that believable villains can't be 'all bad' but there's very little to redeem Brady. And Hodges is his latest target – but far from the biggest one in his sights.
As ever, King creates characters which are as believable as the person next to you. The pace of the book is almost unrelenting – there are several natural pauses as characters develop their relationships – and the plot twists in a way that real life does. Only one event I felt was foreshadowed too clearly; I won't spoil it for you but I think you'll know which one I mean, once you reach it.
Hodges becomes our friend; his good nature balanced by the ability to be tough when the going demands it. The insight into his thought processes, as he tracks the letter's writer, is as enjoyable as the plot. Brady's mind works in a different way and he's the counterbalance to Hodge's morality – outwardly so ordinary that he's forgettable, but inwardly as dark as anyone King has created.
I've heard people say that they 'prefer classic King' but I have to say that I really like the way that his writing has evolved. I recently re-read The Shining and found it less satisfying (in terms of writing style) than his later work.
It's true, this is less horror than we're used to with King's earlier works; there's nothing supernatural here – just the perverse nature of the human race. But this book is no poorer for that. There are some enjoyable name-checks of King's other work to look out for along the way, too.
This is yet another great book from Stephen King. Thoroughly enjoyable, it's definitely one that you won't want to put down until you're done – and when you are, you'll wish it wasn't over.
So yes, I'm glad I read it but I wouldn't say it was 'un-putdownable'. I quite happily read a few chapters, put it down for a week or so then carried on with it again. But I enjoyed it nonetheless. I think it would make an excellent film to be honest. (Tip : Its well worth visiting Debbie's Blue Umbrella and the site that shows the basement set up ... very clever!)