In Room 217 of the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, something has awakened. Something evil. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of the Mercedes Massacre, where eight people were killed and many more were badly injured, has been in the 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—the woman who delivered the blow to Hartsfield’s head that put him on the brain injury ward. When Bill and Holly are called to a suicide scene with ties to the Mercedes Massacre, they find themselves pulled into their most dangerous case yet, one that will put their lives at risk, as well as those of Bill’s heroic young friend Jerome Robinson and his teenage sister, Barbara. Brady Hartsfield is back, and planning revenge not just on Hodges and his friends, but on an entire city.
That’s a wrap! I have been wanting to read this trilogy for quite some time and I owe it all to Janel@Keeper of Pages. I was on the fence and wasn’t sure I would have time to read three more books this month. Thanks to Janel’s encouragement, I decided to rejoin her Stephen King Instagram readalong and I am so glad I did!
True to King form this was another crazy story! Unfortunately, this book is my least favorite of the three.
I enjoyed that the book came full-circle and worked in many elements as well as characters that were in book one. What did not work for me was the supernatural elements that King incorporated. While it is not unusual for King to dabble in the supernatural, I felt that the sudden appearance of it in this trilogy did not work. If there were moments of the supernatural in the previous two books I may have felt differently, but unfortunately there were not.
Just like the first two, this was also an audiobook read for me. I actually think that the audio version boosted my enjoyment of this book, thanks to Will Patton’s fantastic narrating!
That being said I still highly recommend this trilogy! If you love thrillers, great storytelling, and a wild ride, then you do not want to miss out on reading these books.
Series: Bill Hodges Trilogy, #3
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication Date: 6/7/2017
*Book 18/20 in the 20 Books of Summer reading challenge.
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