by Stephen King
Series: Bill Hodges Trilogy #2
Narrator: Will Patton
Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
Genres: Crime Fiction, Mystery
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Narration: 5 cups
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 compelling 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 He then ransacks the authors’ home and steals not only cash but also a treasure trove of unpublished works including some Jimmy Gold novels.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 was 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-fourth of the story. I felt for Peter and held my breath as 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? Then grab the audio, Will Patton does an excellent job. I love his speaking voice to begin with and he rocks this series.