Book: Mr. Mercedes
Author: Stephen King
Who should read this book: Stephen King fans, serial killer story fans, police driven plot fans.
This is the first book in a trilogy. It starts with a massacre. A man driving a huge Mercedes into a crowd of people killing almost 10 and seriously wounding a lot of others. Brady Hartsfield enjoyed the rush of murder and has decided he will do it again but bigger. This story follows retired cop Bill Hodges who starts working on the case of the Mercedes Killer again because he gets a message from him. It’s a race against time, Hodges must figure out who Brady is before he can pull off another massacre.
Writing 2/2 points: As usual I found King’s world building skills impressive, although maybe too extensive. But once the thrills start to heat up, this book was not put down. The best part about the writing in this book though is the character depth. By the end of the book, you really know these characters. Also King puts you right in the mind of a serial killer and it’s creepy and uncomfortable.
Hook 1/2 points: It took me about 150 pages to get into this book. The first chapter is the bloody massacre with the Mercedes but then it’s all world building which was a little boring. The second half of this book was amazing though. And I definitely will be reading the rest of the series because I need more.
Plot 2/2 points: This is a crazy story, you’re in the head of a psychopath and you see his entire world, including his messed up mom. Which gives you some insight into why he turned out the way he is. The plot is a classic cat and mouse chase where you are really rooting for the cat.
Twist 2/2 points: There are a lot of twists in this one, mostly shock after shock of just how deranged Brady is, and the mess he leaves in his wake.
Feel 1/2 points: Sorry SK but you’ve lost another post here just because it took me so long to get into this book. My standard rule is if I’m not hooked by the first 100 pages, I will DNF. But because this was SK and I have experienced the slow start in his books before, I kept going. And I’m glad I did because this book was great!