Friday, October 30, 2020

TCCDM Dig and Flip: "End Of Watch" - Stephen King (2016) Book Review

"End Of Watch" (Bill Hodges Trilogy #3)
by Stephen King 
(2016)
Hardcover, 432 pages
 
This is the satisfying end to the Stephen King trilogy that started with his book, "Mr. Mercedes" and has now become known as the "Bill Hodges Trilogy."  The first two books were criminal suspense mysteries with solid plots and page-turning action.  I loved them both.  But "End Of Watch" is my favorite of the three.  "End Of Watch" is a nail-biter, as well, but this time SK dips the ladle into his bucket of strange tricks and dishes out some supernatural creepiness that kept me in the game right up to that final whistle.  

But it's all the well-developed characters introduced in these stories that make this trilogy so enjoyable to read.  And none better than Bill, the detective and his friends Holly and Jerome.  I can easily visualize each one of them just as clear as day.  And as SK waters their friendship, we can see their acceptance and trust for each other grow.  It's all believable.  And the parlay between the characters throughout the story all rings true.  Not one false step.   And honestly, I'm really kinda sad to have to let them go.  There is plenty of mystery and action and page-turning suspense in all three stories.  Here, SK takes us full circle back to Mr. Mercedes and gives us a satisfying conclusion that delivers it to the house and leaves us with an almost perfect farewell.

"Time" - Hootie & The Blowfish / "Cracked Rear View" (1994)

Good stuff.

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