Monday, June 8, 2015

Finders Keepers by Stephen King [5 stars]

From the Description:

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.

I have been a 'Constant Reader' since I was a little girl, reading Salem's Lot under the blankets by flashlight. One of the great things about a Stephen King story is it grabs you and places you into the story while the rest of the world disappears. Finders Keepers is no exception. It hooked me from the first page and before I knew it I was halfway through the book. Set in the universe of Mr. Mercedes, we get to catch up with some old friends and make some new ones. One of the things I love about King's characters is that they are us. Realistic and believable with the same problems and worries that most of us have,,, that is until the extraordinary happens. I even had moments of sympathy for Morris Bellamy, who is unapologetically sociopathic. The monsters in Finders Keepers are real, no supernatural horrors here, but most of the time the everyday evils are scarier. If you are looking for a great book I would recommend grabbing Finders Keepers. A fantastic 5 star read.