Mr Mercedes – Stephen King

Mr Mercedes

A cat-and-mouse suspense thriller featuring Bill Hodges, a retired cop who is tormented by ‘the Mercedes massacre’, a case he never solved. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of that notorious crime, has sent Hodges a taunting letter. Now he’s preparing to kill again. Each starts to close in on the other in a mega-stakes race against time.

My opinion

I’ve once read a book by Stephen King, but normally he’s not on the top of my ‘I wanna read his books’ list. And despite the fact that I love horror movies, I’ve never really gotten into the books from Stephen King. I’m really not a fan of horror in books, oddly enough! The front cover of ‘Mr Mercedes’ looks so creepy with the blood spatters, that even though it looks cool, it didn’t attract me to read it. Until I read so many raving reviews on it. When it was on sale, I decided to just try it.

Thank goodness this book isn’t a horror story. It’s a seat gripping thriller and I loved it!! From the first page you’ll get sucked into the book and you seriously cannot put it down. You’ll get to know Mr. Mercedes and of course the main character Bill Hodges, who I’m now very fond of. Slowly but surely, the two stories come together.

Especially the last couple of chapters are so insanely gripping that I couldn’t put it down. I turned off my phone, got a glass of water and some snacks and settled on the couch, determined not to leave the place until I finished the book. Seriously, such a well put together story.

At one point, if you’ve read the book you’ll know what I’m talking about, there’s a moment you’ll think ‘How the hell does Mr King write two more books about this?’. I didn’t get it at all. Until the ending. Yup. I want to read book two!

But, I’ll wait until the third book’s released. I’m curious enough to want to read the second and third book, but not right now.

Conclusion

Mr Mercedes is more of a thriller/detective and that’s my kind of genre. Not horror, but still some gory details, which I love. A gripping story that will keep you on the edge of your seat and I can’t wait for book two and three!

Details

Mr Mercedes by Stephen King
Series: Bill Hodges #1
Published by Hodder paperback
Genres: Thriller
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9781444788648

You can buy the book at Book Depository.

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