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End of Watch: A Novel (3) (The Bill Hodges Trilogy) Hardcover – Unabridged, June 7, 2016
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Praise for End of Watch
“King has dealt before with this novel’s different themes—endowment with dangerous supernatural powers, the zombifying effect of modern consumer electronics—but he finds fresh approaches to them and inventive ways to introduce them in the lives of his recurring cast of sympathetic characters, whose pains and triumphs the reader feels. King’s legion of fans will find this splice of mystery and horror a fitting finale to his Bill Hodges trilogy.”, Publishers Weekly, STARRED review
“[A] tense, thrilling conclusion to King’s Bill Hodges trilogy…One would assume that a writer like King, who has been at the top of his game for decades, would eventually run out of ideas. Instead, he serves up one of the most original crime thrillers to come along in years…A spectacular, pulse-pounding, read-in-one-sitting wrap-up that will more than satisfy King’s Constant Readers.”, Library Journal, STARRED review
“Few of King's myriad terrors feel as visceral and close to home as the sense of human mortality that looms over his new book, End of Watch… an undeniable page-turner… Throughout his tale, King nimbly pulls together numerous plot threads and characters…and for good measure throws in a final nail-biting chase through a blizzard. One finishes this novel feeling great empathy for its resolute protagonist, and even greater trepidation about that next round of Candy Crush.”, Elizabeth Hand, The Washington Post
- Lexile Measure : HL810L
- Item Weight : 1.7 pounds
- Hardcover : 448 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1501129740
- ISBN-13 : 978-1501129742
- Product Dimensions : 6.13 x 1.5 x 9.25 inches
- Publisher : Scribner; Book Club Edition (June 7, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #45,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
I was even more surprised by Finders Keepers, the follow up. The divergence to a new storyline and set of characters for most of the book, coupled with a smooth integration of the original crew at the three-quarter mark was clever and seamless. This was easily my favorite of the trilogy.
The end of Finders Keepers hinted pretty heavily where End of Watch would go. The writing was tight, and the characters were well developed, but the plot, for me, just wasn’t believable. I have accepted all kinds of fantastic stuff in Mr. King’s stories, but the notion of a comatose psycho killer projecting his consciousness into others to via a retro handheld video game jumped my shark.
Not the best of the three.
Thank you, Stephen King, for everything.
Top reviews from other countries
Although in a seemingly irreversible vegetative state, Bill is convinced that Brady is not quite as helpless as everyone thinks. When there is an outbreak of mysterious suicides and attempted suicides, Bill, Holly and Jerome race to prevent any more from happening and prove the improbable notion that Brady is somehow involved.
I really enjoyed End of Watch! King proves once again that he is a master storyteller who fits into no genre but his own. Dark humour pervades this novel but there is also great emotional depth with some genuinely touching scenes. End of Watch is a fitting finale to an excellent trilogy. I am sorry to see it end but I am looking forward the next book in King’s eclectic repertoire.
I will not give anything away as like me you will buy to complete the trilogy.
It plods on too much 2/3s of the way in.
In my humble opinion the first novel is easily the best.