Title: Finders Keepers (The Bill Hodges Trilogy)
Author: Stephen King
Book Procurement: Christmas Present
Synopsis: (Back of book | Amazon)
A masterful, intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes far too far—a book about the power of storytelling, starring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes King introduced in Mr. Mercedes.
“Wake up, genius.” So begins King’s instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn’t published a book for decades. Morris Bellamy is livid, not just because Rothstein has stopped providing books, but because the nonconformist Jimmy Gold has sold out for a career in advertising. Morris kills Rothstein and empties his safe of cash, yes, but the real treasure is a trove of notebooks containing at least one more Gold novel.
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
Stephen King has always been a big influence in my life when it comes to reading and writing. I have been a King fan for over a decade now, starting back when I was a Primary School bookworm, who took out seven books from the library for the week (at that age you were only allowed a maximum of two but I was given the exception).
My goal in life is to read every Stephen King novel out there and so far so good. Have you seen my Goodreads page?
Finders Keepers was, for me, a different read when it came to my expectations of a King novel. At first, this was in a bad way as I felt like it was so different from his other books. His nuances were evident, his writing style obvious and the trademark “This was his biggest mistake” subtlety before, as one of my mentors says “The paw-paw hits the fan.”
The story is not necessary a follow up of his previous book Mr Mercedes (even though it is part of a trilogy), but it does refer to it many times, including the predicament that put the young protagonist, Pete Saubers, in the situation he finds himself in when he finds a bag full of money and extremely rare writings of a famous author who was murdered – an author he has fallen in love with. There is also the convict, Morris Bellamy, who murdered the author for his books, was incarcerated for an entirely different reason, and once released, goes out to find his hidden treasure trove – of the author he has fallen in love with. The result is a back and forth page turner between Pete, Morris, and the det-ret (retired detective) Bill Hodges, spanning over three decades and spiraling into a thrilling adventure about book lovers who get a little too attached to books and the author who penned them.
I won’t lie, I was not too impressed at the beginning of the book but as the suspense built and the three characters began to intertwine into each other’s lives without either of them being aware of it, I was gripped. The novel is also a well of knowledge as King name drops so many authors, songs, books and devices both modern and old, that if it were a blog post it would be on the first page of every search engine (thanks SEOs -Search Engine Optimization).
If there is one thing I appreciate about King, it is his excellent character development. He has an ability to put you right into the mind of the various characters, understand their quips and quirks, feel their anxiety, their worry; their fears. I find I relate to them on some level and that makes them believable, and that makes his books worth a read. Finders Keepers jumps between different characters and even with the jumps, you know who is who and who they are, and that is really what I enjoyed about this book.
Rating: Unbiased by my love for Stephen King, I give this an enjoyable 4 out of 5