Finders Keepers by Stephen King

June 25th, 2015 Kimberly Review 83 Comments

25th Jun
Finders Keepers by Stephen King
Finders Keepers
by Stephen King
Series: Bill Hodges Trilogy #2
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Narrator: Will Patton
Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
Genres: Crime, Mystery
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

Morris hides the money and the notebooks, and then he is locked away for another crime. Decades later, a boy named Pete Saubers finds the treasure, and now it is Pete and his family that Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson must rescue from the ever-more deranged and vengeful Morris when he’s released from prison after thirty-five years. Not since Misery has King played with the notion of a reader whose obsession with a writer gets dangerous. Finders Keepers is spectacular, heart-pounding suspense, but it is also King writing about how literature shapes a life—for good, for bad, forever.

Finders Keepers by Stephen King is the second book in his Bill Hodges trilogy. I for one am enjoying these crime novels and its cast of quirky characters. I have been listening to the series on audio and love having Will Patton narrate them. Bill and the gang don’t get as much page time as the previous novel but King delivered a compel story with villain Morris Bellamy and a young man named Peter Saubers.

While King is the indisputable king of horror, I am quite enjoying his foray into crime thrillers, and his descriptive creepiness finds its way into Finders Keepers.

The tale stems around a man obsessed by the works of author John Rothstein and that of his famous character Jimmy Gold. Our villain idolized this character; one could even say he is obsessed.
When the author stopped writing about Jimmy and in Morris’s opinion “sold out the character” Morris kills him. He then ransacks the authors’ home and steals not only cash but also a treasure trove of unpublished works including some Jimmy Gold novels. Imagine Gollum and “my precious” and you will have an indication of Morris and his obsession.

Morris hides his “precious” and ends up being locked away for another crime. Thoughts of his treasure trove are the only thing that keeps him from losing his mind. Almost a decade later Peter Saubers discovers the treasure trove when its needed the most. When Morris is released and goes searching for his “precious,”  it is up to Bill, Holly and Jerome to stop this angry, obsessed man.

King did a wonderful job fleshing out Morris and Peter. The first three-fourths of the novel are spent going back and forth between them and I quickly found myself caught up in their stories. Morris gave me the chills and King did such a wonderful job of capturing his deranged personality. We see glimpses of Bill and the gang but they felt more like commercials between until the last one-forth of the story. I felt for Peter and held my breath as the their story-lines began to merge.

The intensity of the story increased when Bill, Holly and Jerome entered the picture. At this point, I could not stop listening. I know not everyone has warmed up to Bill and the others, but I adore them. They are quirky, fleshed out and exactly what I have come to expect from King. I think Will really brought them to life with his narration. Holly is a genius, albeit a weird one and her quirky mannerisms and logical tones had me giggle. Bill is an old school detective and I love his commentary.

The case wrapped up with a satisfying conclusion as King set us up for the final book and I am excited to see what happens. Fans of King and crime thrillers will find themselves caught up in Finders Keepers. Are you going on a road trip this summer? Than grab the audio, Will Patton does an excellent job. I love his speaking voice to begin with and he rocks this series.

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About Stephen King

Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. He made his first professional short story sale in 1967 to Startling Mystery Stories. In the fall of 1973, he began teaching high school English classes at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels. In the spring of 1973, Doubleday & Co., accepted the novel Carrie for publication, providing him the means to leave teaching and write full-time. He has since published over 50 books and has become one of the world’s most successful writers. Stephen lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. They are regular contributors to a number of charities including many libraries and have been honored locally for their philanthropic activities.

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83 Responses to “Finders Keepers by Stephen King”

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Ooo I can do them in any format but movie. Well no that is a lie I can do horror on film but not that SAW, Chain Saw Massacre kind of shit.gads it freaks me out.

  1. kindlemom1

    I had no idea that King even wrote crime horror. I’m so intrigued now Kim. I do remember you liking the first book awhile ago but I must not have been paying attention that it was a crime novel for some reason. I sort of want to look up book one now but I’m such chicken and it has been forever since I read King!

  2. Red Iza

    You got me at “quirky characters”, second line. See, sometimes you don’t have to bother writing a whole review, lol ! My youngest daughter shows an interest in Stephen King, so I’m going to start a read-along with her of all his books – big work ahead ^^

  3. Whitney

    I have a hold at the library for Finder’s Keepers and look forward to reading it. I really enjoyed the first book in the trilogy and have heard people compare it to Misery so have been curious about this one. Great review!

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  4. Tyler H Jolley

    I could not agree more, his crime thrillers are just as good as his horrors. I finally got around to Mr. Mercedes in May. WOW. I can’t remember the last time I read a book that I physically could not put down. And the last line? Creep-tastic! I actually stalked your blog to find your review so I could compare my thoughts. 😀

  5. Jenny

    I definitely stay far, far away from his horror stuff, but I think I would probably enjoy his crime thrillers Kim! Unless they go the way of Dreamcatcher and start getting really, really weird. I’ll have to check and see if my dad has read this series yet, it’s right up his alley!

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I think these are fine, suspenseful at times, a little spook here and there but crime thrillers I think you could handle.

  6. Stormi

    I think the king of horror is having horror burnout and needs to try something else for a I loved his earlier work but is newer horror just not really doing it for me. These crime ones sounds interesting so I might check them out. 🙂

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  7. Ramona

    I haven’t read him in a while, and haven’t tried this trilogy, but it’s on my list. I love his work 🙂 I spent my teens reading and re-reading him. No one builds up suspense as well as he does it. Great review.

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  8. Grace

    I have both books on my list at the library but maybe I will check them out on audio! I am excited for them and I love quirky characters Great review!

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  9. Lindy

    I am a huge King fan, but haven’t read any of his crime thrillers. This one sounds so good! I can picture the creepy and deranged Morris with his “precious” and it gives me the chills! King always delivers those fleshed out and quirky characters beautifully. I’m glad that you really enjoyed the story as well as the narration 🙂

  10. Angie

    Surprisingly I haven’t read Mr. Mercedes yet. But your review makes me want to get to his series soon. I love King and have always loved him. He was the first author that really made me get into reading.

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  11. Tracy Terry

    Though a big fan when I was a teenager its been a long time since I have read any of his books. I think Needful Things was probably the last book of his I read. Great review, I really like the sound of this so may well re-introduce myself to SK’s writings.

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  12. Deborah

    I hadn’t read Mr Mercedes and I think it meant I struggled a little with this one. I enjoyed the characters of Peter and Bellamy but didn’t really relate to Bill or any of the Finders Keepers team as I didn’t feel we spent long with them and they seemed a bit redundant. But… as I said, I think that’s because I’ve come in part-way through…

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