Finders Keepers by Stephen King

Finders Keepers by Stephen King
Publisher: Scribner
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense
Length: Full Length (431 pages)
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea

A masterful, intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes far too far—a book about the power of storytelling, starring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes King introduced in Mr. Mercedes

“Wake up, genius.” So begins King’s instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn’t published a book for decades. Morris Bellamy is livid, not just because Rothstein has stopped providing books, but because the nonconformist Jimmy Gold has sold out for a career in advertising. Morris kills Rothstein and empties his safe of cash, yes, but the real treasure is a trove of notebooks containing at least one more Gold novel.

Morris hides the money and the notebooks, and then he is locked away for another crime. Decades later, a boy named Pete Saubers finds the treasure, and now it is Pete and his family that Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson must rescue from the ever-more deranged and vengeful Morris when he’s released from prison after thirty-five years.

Not since Misery has King played with the notion of a reader whose obsession with a writer gets dangerous. Finders Keepers is spectacular, heart-pounding suspense, but it is also King writing about how literature shapes a life—for good, for bad, forever.

Imagine being a writer who decides to step down at the top of his or her game. Now imagine knowing the characters have more to say, but you’re not sure it’s any good. Oh, and someone wants you dead…

So brings together one of my favorite threesomes–Bill Hodges, the hard-boiled former detective, Holly Gibney, a slightly off-kilter, bvut sweeet woman who is a genius at the computer and Jerome Robinson, the smart-as-heck teen who seems to know just how to work with Holly and Bill to get the job done.

I love Stephen King’s work. It’s some of my favorites to read. When I saw Finders Keepers was up for preorder, I put in my order. I’m glad I did. I devoured this book in one day–nearly in one sitting. The writing is tight, for King, and suspense-filled. I couldn’t put it down.

I felt like I was right there in the car with Bill, finding the Moleskins and money along with Pete and trying to unravel the mystery before time was up.

I won’t disclose too many details. The story is just that delicious and should be savored. There are plot twists all over the place and reading this was like spending time with old friends while working out a mystery.

If you’re in the mood for something dark and full of suspense, then pick up this gripping read.

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