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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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 He then ransacks the authors’ home and steals not only cash but also a treasure trove of unpublished works including some Jimmy Gold novels.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.
Ever since reading On Writing I have been meaning to try some of his books. So far I have bought two of his, and look forward to trying more! This sounds like an intense and really enjoyable read :3
Check out my review: http://olivia-savannah.blogspot.nl/2015/06/city-of-bones-movie-review.html
I have been enjoying this trilogy Olivia, and hope you like King
Thank you for sharing, I didn’t even realise this was out and I purchase all of his books for my dad! :’)
That is awesome, you have one lucky Dad 🙂
I’ve only read one book by this author and I didn’t understand it lol :/ This one sounds interesting though, I love the title 🙂
That is too bad, I love his novels
I am too scared to try even a non-horror book by Stephen King, but I am glad you enjoyed it so much.
I still cannot decide if I want to read it or not. I read my first Stephen King book ever pretty recently. I love his movies…but the book just didn’t do it for me. I keep seeing this every time I walk into a book store, and cant decide if I’m ready to try him again or not. Great review though Kim! Makes me want to read it 🙂
Maybe if you are lucky they will make a movie or series out of it.
It sounds amazing. I need to read these books. Will Patton sounds really good narrating. I know this is the second book, but can it be read as a stand alone?
For the case yes but there is an overall thread and the connection to Bill, Holly and Jerome will suffer.
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…
We really did get to know Bill, Holly and Jerome in book one so I can see how you struggled with them.
your blog is soooo lovely I love it!!! and thanks for the review, I might start reading it soon 🙂
Awe, thank you Zara. I hope you do try it 🙂
You can’t beat a Stephen king book! I want this one so bad!!
Completely agree Jennifer enjoy!
King writes some incredibly creepy stuff and this sounds like it fits right in!
He does and I am having a blast with this series
I’m reading Mr. Mercedes next month and am in the library queue for this audiobook. Thanks for the review!
Awesome Jonetta I look forward to hearing what you think
Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf
This one sounds great! I need to go back and find the 1st in the series!
I hope you enjoy them Melissa!
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.
I never miss a book, and I hope you do revisit him
Sharon - Obsession with Books
I haven’t read a crime thriller by Stephen King (I didn’t realise he wrote them) – this might be more for me rather than his horrors, the characters sound very interesting.
A nice review Kimba! Sharon – Obsession with Books
I hope you do, if you like crime thrillers you may enjoy this 🙂
I’ve wondered about this book, since Mr. Mercedes had a lot of mixed reviews. I haven’t read King in a while, but I did always love the way he told a story and could scare the bejeebees out of me.
These aren’t scary but imagine his quirky brand of characters solving crimes involving killers.
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.
I hope you decide to give them a go Angie. I love the audios
Stephen King is a huge baseball fan — along with being a fabulous author!
Right..just another reason he is cool
Good to see that you are enjoying Kings crime thrillers. I am getting the chills over your perception of Morris in your review! Sounds like a captivating read!
Morris was a creepy little dude
Mr. Mercedes is on the top of my list to get once the kids are back in school and I can listen to audio books again. This one sounds like it should be up there too!
Sweet, I hope you enjoy them as much as I have Katherine. Will really has a wonderful voice for these
Felicia the Geeky Blogger
They finally sent out the audiobook list so this one should be up for me shortly. I kept waiting and waiting and waiting LOL
LOL, I emailed them ahead of time, I am so impatient.
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 🙂
LOL, I am glad ya all liked my description of him. It is just how I pictured him in my head
I need to get this listened to. I adore Will Patton and I liked Jerome and Holly. Holly especially was interesting. I am glad to hear this was another good listen.
I love Holly, and yes Will is perfect for the narration of this trilogy. So glad you are having fun with these too Heidi
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!
Yeah..I hope you try the audio Grace, the library probably has it.
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.
I was the same Ramona and loved every minute of it.
I’m a bit behind in his books too, but I love him. Fantastic review and makes me want to play “ketchup” on his work. Have a great weekend, K.
At least it will be fun catching up Sherry!
I usually read romantic book but sometimes I like to mix it up with some suspense. This book sounds fascinating and I’m sure it will keep my attention.
I love romance, but enjoy many genres. I hope you decide to try this trilogy.
I haven’t read his work in a while, and actually have a box full of his novels. Brilliantly creepy and talented, King really knows how to rope a reader into his world so that you’re talking about it days later. Definitely plan to pick this one up and a great review! hugs…
I have read everything he has written aside from his how to write a book non-fiction
I bet these stories come straight from King’s nightmares themselves! Probably many other author’s nightmares – YIKES!
Will Patton, Will Patton…. sounds so familiar… I know I know him. Running to IMDb 🙂
Wow, great review! Must’ve taken hours to write! So thorough, girl!!!
Will does such a great job, he has a natural storyteller voice 🙂
OH, yeah… I looked him up and I can SOOOO hear his voice reading this story! LOVE his voice!!!!
I don’t like horror, but I have enjoyed SK’s books like Misery, and from the sound of it, I would enjoy this one. Thanks for sharing! Chilling….
I think you would love this based on the novels you read.
Wow your review intrigues me Kim, I think I may have to give King’s series a try. I did really enjoy 11-22-63. Thanks for this!
I loved that one too Debbie
I think the king of horror is having horror burnout and needs to try something else for a bit..lol. 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. 🙂
LOL, maybe but I am game 🙂
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!
I think these are fine, suspenseful at times, a little spook here and there but crime thrillers I think you could handle.
I didn’t know he was writing crime thrillers now. Gosh! I haven’t read a crime thriller or Stephen King book in forever! Must change that soon, Kim!
Yes you need to give these a go Nick!
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. 😀
I am tickle to hear you are enjoying them too Tyler. I cannot wait for the next book eek gads.
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!
Good comparison Whitney. I am enjoying this trilogy.
Is this a follow up to Mr mercedes? I was looking at it in the bookshop the other day but I didnt want to get it if it was a follow up! Great review add it to stumble upon 🙂
Yes Mr. Mercedes was book one of this trilogy.
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 ^^
I love his crazy characters and oooh so glad your daughter wants to experience King. I grew up on his books 🙂
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!
Yes and these are such good listens Ali.
I can’t do his horror books on audio, I have to ‘read’ them but this I could do. Much the same with movies, can’t watch horror movies but I gobble up a horror novel … a little weird maybe? lol
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.
I have only read one King book and that was his fantasy one
Dark Tower 🙂 or the Tailsman
I’m a little behind with his books. I used to read them a lot years before but now I confess that I haven’t read any in years. I should because they look good!
They are good, I hope you get to them Melliane