by Stephen King
Series: Bill Hodges Trilogy #3
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Narrator: Will Patton
Length: 12 hours and 54 minutes
Genres: Suspense thriller
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of the Mercedes Massacre, where eight people were killed and many more were badly injured, has been in the Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic for five years, in a vegetative state. According to his doctors, anything approaching a complete recovery is unlikely. But behind the drool and stare, Brady is awake, and in possession of deadly new powers that allow him to wreak unimaginable havoc without ever leaving his hospital room.
Retired police detective Bill Hodges, the unlikely hero of Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers, now runs an investigation agency with his partner, Holly Gibney, who delivered the blow to Hartsfield's head that put him on the brain injury ward. Brady also remembers that. When Bill and Holly are called to a murder-suicide with ties to the Mercedes Massacre, they find themselves pulled into their most dangerous case yet, one that will put not only their lives at risk, but those of Hodges’s friend Jerome Robinson and his teenage sister, Barbara. Because Brady Hartsfield is back, and planning revenge not just on Bill Hodges and his friends, but on an entire city.
End of Watch by Stephen King is the final book in the Bill Hodges trilogy and it was brilliant. I love King’s work from his classic horror to his twisted tales of supernatural suspense. The Bill Hodges series was the perfect blend of both. I continued listening on audio with End of Watch. Will Patton once again narrated, and I love listening to him. Suspenseful and twisted, End of Watch had me holding my breath, shivering and wiping tears from eyes.
About the trilogy: In Mr. Mercedes, our hero, retired police detective Bill Hodges along with his motley crew of misfits hunted Brady Hartfield who killed eight people in what is now referred to as the Mercedes Massacre. In Finders Keepers, they handle the case of villain Morris Bellamy who went off his rocker when an author changed a character. All the while Bill has been keeping tabs of Brady and in End of Watch Bill’s worst fears are confirmed.
End of Watch weaved the elements of classic King horror and paranormal into a brilliant, fast paced suspense thriller that had me listening into the wee hours of the evening. The tale unraveled like a symphony and the diabolicalness of villain Brady Hartfield along with the twisted delivery made me deliriously giddy. Stephen King used technology to deliver this tale as he blended a psychopathic mind seeking revenge along with the chills and thrills of a classic suspense novel. The supernatural elements were well done, with an air of believability that is classic King. I found myself holding my breath as King delivered one harrowing scene after another. The chase to solve the mystery was an intense joyride with clever twists and shocking discoveries.
What brought End of Watch to a steaming hot foaming cup of five star coffee was the cast of characters and how emotionally attached I became to them. I have loved Bill from the start. Bill is not your typical hero. He is in fact a seventy-year-old man who has retired from the force. Prior to the events in Mr. Mercedes, he spent most of his days watching television and avoiding people. He is a little gruff and driven but he also has a soft side he rarely shows. Secondary characters added depth to the tale from Holly Gibney his partner at their five-year-old investigation agency to their friend on and off the force. King’s characters are unique, a tad quirky and very real. Throughout the course of the trilogy, I became attached to this motley crew. In End of Watch Stephen King reminded us just how fragile life can be. Maybe I am overly sensitive since I faced a great loss this year, but King had me weeping like a baby.
Will Patton narrated all of the Bill Hodges books. For me he was the voice of Bill Hodges adding another layer to this trilogy. From his pacing to different voices, I find myself quickly caught up in any novel he narrates. Because of this he is one of my favorite narrators.
End of Watch captured all of the elements I have come to love in a Stephen King novel and left me with one heck of a book hangover.
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