End Of Watch (2016) by Stephen King is the third installment of the Mr. Mercedes series. In this story we discover the antagonist of the first book has been in the hospital recuperating from the injuries he got when they stopped him at the end of the first book. As a result of his injuries, Brady, the antagonist, is in a persistent vegetative state. Hodges believes Brady is taking it and he visits him often to see if he can make Brady crack so he can pay for his crimes. But not everything is as it seems. There has been a series of suicides in the hospital. Hodges thinks Brady might be the one causing people to commit suicide. He’s going to need to find a way to prove it before someone else dies.
A King Story
I’m always amazed at how King constructs his stories. From what I hear he is a pantser, meaning he writes without any sort of planning before starting. He writes to discover what is going to happen along with the audience. Which makes me respect the skill he has to embody each of his characters with enough charisma and believability. Before starting this book, I thought I was going to get bored. The book seemed large and I thought: what can he possibly write so much about the same characters? Is there anything more to discover? It seemed to me his previous attention to detail in his previous works might paint him into a corner in the third book. Never have I been so wrong.
I enjoyed the depth of the characters. Their speech patterns and decision-making rationale are so real I was transported to the room the characters were talking. The pace of the plot I thought could have been a little faster, but I get why he took his time to explain. It was the last time.we were going to read about these characters. It’s their swan song.
Please go read this book. I don’t think it was scary as some of his other works. I would put it in the thriller category. So, if this is your first time reading a Stephen King book, I think you’ll enjoy it.
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