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A Satisfying Conclusion to the Bill Hodges Trilogy
Reviewed in the United States on December 27, 2017
It just keeps coming back to that day at the job fair, and the Mercedes Massacre.
Six years have passed since Brady Hartsfield drove a gray Mercedes into a crowd of desperate job seekers, killing eight and injuring many others. A year later, he ended 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.
Now, in "End of Watch," 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.
Enough summary. This final book in the Bill Hodges Trilogy drew me right in. We find familiar and new characters we love and hate, all well-rounded with strong motivations. "End of Watch" adds a new element, psychic powers, likely brought on by an experimental drug, and it makes the story all the more terrifying.
The theme of suicide comes back strongly in this novel, and King includes a real suicide hotline number, 1-800-273-TALK.
"End of Watch" is a satisfying conclusion to the Bill Hodges Trilogy.