Book Review – Finders Keepers – Stephen King
Book: Finders Keepers
Author: Stephen King
Year of Release: 2015
Read 528-page paperback edition in July 2018.
In the second novel of the Bill Hodges Trilogy, we follow the trail of Morris Bellamy, who in the 1970s committed the heinous murder of famous author John Rothstein, stealing his secret manuscripts for unpublished works. Bellamy did so not for basic wealth alone, but because of his obsession over Rothstein’s works.
Fast forward to 2014, and high school student Pete Saubers is also a fan of Rothstein. He has had a hard few years, with his dad injured in the deadly Mr. Mercedes incident. Saubers has a secret though, to help his family. But when it begins to overwhelm him, his younger sister finds a connection to Detective Bill Hodges, his assistant Holly, and friend Jerome. These three must determine what is going on, and try to protect the family from a serious wrong.
King has done a usual fantastic job bringing suspenseful, intensely readable plots to life with the second novel in this trilogy. King does a great job writing a plot that is a real page-turner, using wit and humour as well as believable and likeable characters that the reader cares about.
One of the interesting things about this novel is that King chooses a few different storylines, not just our main characters from the first novel Mr. Mercedes, and then begins to weave them together half-way through the story. We are left waiting for a long time for the entrance of the characters we grew familiar with in the first novel. And that works, as we then grow to learn about another plot and other characters, both good and evil. This is a second book that is not your standard second book of a trilogy, which makes it unique.
King has extended his detective crime novels into a second book, and does a great job combining the mystery and detective-style plot points with more intense thriller elements as well.
Characters in this novel, both returning and new, are multi-layered and enjoyable to read. The evil characters are truly evil, and the other characters are ones we grow to really care for. Connections with the first book, as well as new plot points, eventually fuse together perfectly in this novel.
Overall, this is a very readable and enjoyable novel, with a great focus on the fast-paced plot, but also enough character development that we learn more about the characters and care for them. Also, ending on a suspenseful note shows that a third novel is coming for Bill Hodges, keeping readers wanting more.
Overall: 5 stars out of 5 stars