By: Stephen King
In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes.
In another part of town, months later, a retired cop named Bill Hodges is still haunted by the unsolved crime. When he gets a crazed letter from someone who self-identifies as the "perk" and threatens an even more diabolical attack, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing another tragedy.
Brady Hartfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. He loved the feel of death under the wheels of the Mercedes, and he wants that rush again.
Only Bill Hodges, with a couple of highly unlikely allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose, because Brady’s next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands.
Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.
Review by Amanda
3 Tea Cups
To be honest this was my first every Stephen King book. King's book are known for being dark, creepy and twisted. When my book club chose to read Mr. Mercedes, I was a bit hesitant. However, after reading the description and some reviews on Goodreads, I figured it would be a safe bet and not too creepy.
My favourite part about this novel was how it was divided into 2 points of view. On one side, you had the good guy, retired cop Bill Hodges. On the other, you have the bad guy, Brady Hartfield who has no remorse for those who he had killed.
In any mystery, I love getting the perspective of the killers. I want to know the reasoning behind their killings and even what they think during the killing. Even though, I was totally creeped out by Hartfield, I liked getting into his mind and finding out what makes him tick.
Overall, I wasn't too impressed with Mr. Mercedes. There was hardly any mystery since we know who the killer is (just by reading the description) and I didn't feel a connection with either Hodges or Hartfield.
I did love the thriller aspect. There was a few twists and turns that I didn't see coming and the last few chapters (aka the take down) had me on the edge of my seat.
For my first Stephen King novel, I wasn't blown away, but there were aspects that I really enjoyed that will make me definitely pick up another King novel.
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