Mr. Mercedes – Stephen King

I absolutely loved this book! I can honestly say this is one of my favorites by Stephen King. I have not read all of his stories, but I have read most of them. I still think my all-time favorite of his is “From a Buick 8”. Have you read it? If not, you need to go to your local library and check it out (pun intended)! From what I understand, this is not the only story we will be seeing involving Bill Hodges. That makes me a very happy reader!

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Bill Hodges is a retired detective, not coping well with sitting at home. When the perp (perk if you’ve read the story) decides to send him a letter, it gives Bill a new sense of purpose. This is one that he cannot let go, nor turn over to his former partner.

He goes back over everything he did involving this case, and the things he ignored that he shouldn’t have. You get to see Bill come to terms with the mistakes he has made, both at work and in his personal life. He tries to right the wrongs, when he can.

Brady Hartsfield (the jacket sleeve said Brady Hartfield, the spelling error surprised me. On the sleeve? Really?) is a brilliant mind from a troubled childhood. Still living at home with his alcoholic mother, he works two jobs while planning his next big kill.

Bill has two unlikely people working with him, which makes this story even more interesting. It is full of suspense, mystery, and even a few laugh out loud moments. I was literally holding my breath more than once while reading this! There were a couple spots where Mr. King mentioned two of his previous books; it fit right in with the story and was a nice touch.

If you haven’t read this, I highly recommend it. If you have, I would love to hear what you thought about it!

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11 thoughts on “Mr. Mercedes – Stephen King

  1. Dave Astor January 17, 2015 / 12:01 pm

    Excellent review, Angela!

    “From a Buick 8” might be my favorite Stephen King novel, too! Understated (by King standards) but still scary, and the characters are drawn quite nicely.

    • Angela January 17, 2015 / 12:03 pm

      This is definitely a book I should own already! I have probably checked it out from my library about 10 times at least.

      • Dave Astor January 17, 2015 / 12:09 pm

        I know what you mean, but bookshelf space can be a problem… 🙂

  2. A. P. Bullard January 17, 2015 / 7:00 pm

    Stephen King never ceases to amaze me. I really don’t get tired of reading his books, and was excited to see one of his reviewed. Great post!

    • Angela January 17, 2015 / 7:30 pm

      Thanks so much and thanks for stopping by!

      • A. P. Bullard January 17, 2015 / 7:33 pm

        Right back at ya!
        You have a wonderful blog.

  3. Bridget January 18, 2015 / 1:56 pm

    Haven’t read From a Buick 8 yet, but it’s on my list! I liked Mr. Mercedes too, but I don’t think it’s a favorite. If you want a good King whodunit, you should check out Joyland if you haven’t already! I was very surprised at how much I enjoyed it. 🙂

    • Angela January 18, 2015 / 2:22 pm

      Joyland is on my to read list. Hopefully sooner rather than later!

  4. thebookishuniverse January 21, 2015 / 3:12 pm

    I’m thinking of starting a Stephen King Marathon. I think this is book is going to be the start.

    • Angela January 21, 2015 / 8:00 pm

      Good idea! There are so many great one’s to choose from!

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