Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Read All About It: Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

I just finished reading Stephen King's latest book, Mr. Mercedes. He is my all-time favorite author, so going into it, my expectations were high, of course. But first, here's a little synopsis from Goodreads:

"In the gloomy pre-dawn hours of a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of unemployed hopefuls are lined up for a job fair. Without warning, a merciless driver plows through the crowd in a roaring Mercedes. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes into the early-spring fog, never to be seen or heard from again. Until now...

Detective Bill Hodges is a battle-hardened and streetwise crime fighter originally assigned to the Mercedes killings. Now retired, Hodges has lost his way in boredom and depression craving the thrills of taking down the region's most notorious criminals. When a disturbing letter from the Mercedes Killer arrives at his door, Hodges soon finds himself uncontrollably drawn into a cat-and-mouse pursuit with stakes beyond comprehension. 

Mr. Mercedes is King's first 'hard-boiled detective tale'. It will transport you into a vibrant and dangerous world filled with gritty characters living on the bleeding edge of reason."

BLUF (Bottom Line Up Front): I loved it. 

I mean, duh, he's my favorite author, there are few books of his that I don't like. 

Here's why I loved it: 

  • There was true detective work involved. Yes, we as the readers know who did the crime. But going through the process with the main character, Ret. Detective Hodges, made it really interesting. I liked seeing his cop instincts in action. 
  • He had some interesting "sidekicks" help him during his unofficial investigation into the identity of Mr. Mercedes. My favorite was Jerome, the teen who occasionally mows his lawn, but is also probably his closest (and only) friend. 
  • There were a few parts of the book that were super uncomfortable - can't tell you what they are without spoiling some of the story. But I mean, come on, it's about a murderer, so that's kind of to be expected. But what I like about Stephen King is that he doesn't pull any punches. He could sugar coat it or skim over it, but he lets us delve into the mind of the psychotic killer. 

What have you read lately? 



  1. I haven't read any Stephen King in a long time. He got a little too dark for me for a while but this book seems like it may be worth taking a look at.

  2. I really want to read this. I love Stephen King. I recently read Under the Dome so I could watch the show. Both very good.

  3. Oh wow, I really want to read this now-I'm going to add it to my Nook in just a second! When I was a kid my mom was always reading Stephen King books- she has a huge bookshelf filled mostly with his. I just read my first one (Under the Dome) and it was really good. I've been wanting to read another King book so thanks for the review. :)

  4. Good to know! I surprisingly have not read much from Stephen King, but I really need to!

  5. I haven't read too many Stephen King books, but I remember one of them very well. I was n a long two-day train ride and my cousin gave me his book to have something to do on the trip. It really helped! :-D

  6. I love Stephen King and I can't remember the last time I read one of his books. I attempted to read Lisey's Story and blah. No likey. I'll be adding this one to my TBR list :)

  7. i love stephen king! looks like a great read.


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