Reviewed by Stephen King
Stephen King’s End of Watch is the final part of the Bill Hodges trilogy (Mr Mercedes, Finders Keepers and End of Watch).
The Mercedes Killer, or as we know him Brady Hartsfield, has awakened and is back for revenge. Brady is the infamous mass murderer at a job fair when he ran down injuring and killing scores of people before trying to kill thousands of teenagers with a bomb at a concert before being stopped by Bill, Holly and Jerome.
Brady has been confined to Room 217 of the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Centre, known as The Bucket by staff, in an unresponsive condition, or so he would like you to believe. Dr Felix Babineau is his doctor and he has secretly been feeding him experimental drugs that may have helped Brady awaken with deadly new powers of control. With these new powers he can cause havoc and mayhem without him ever having to leave the confines of his room. With the aid of a Zappit games console now has far reaching control to manipulate his victims.
Retired Detective Bill Hodges is now running a private investigation firm, Finders Keepers, with business partner and friend Holly Gibney. When Bill and Holly receive an invite to a crime scene of a murder/suicide that has ties to Brady and the Mr Mercedes case they soon find themselves immersed in their most dangerous case yet! Brady Hartsfield is somehow reaching out and up to his old tricks.
When a spate of coincidental suicides starts to occur the police are unconcerned and it is left to Bill, along with Holly and Jerome, to find out how Brady is doing it.
Brady wants revenge and with the aid of a games console, technology and his new found powers he wants to kill as many as he can, ultimately to achieve a high death toll and to punish Bill before finally killing him.
Overall, I think End of Watch is the best of the Bill Hodges trilogy. Written at a much faster pace than the preceding 2 books of the trilogy it a lot more thrilling with telekinesis, mind control and murder keeping you glued to the book.
The characters are all superb although this time Bill has a deadly secret of his own to hide and Brady is much more deadly than before his vegetative state. With time against them Bill and friends must stop Brady before the death toll rises.
End of Watch, while part of a trilogy, can be read as a standalone novel but I would recommend reading the 2 previous novels to fully enjoy the story and the superb, thrilling writing of Stephen King.
I loved Mr Mercedes and Finders Keepers and End of Watch is the icing on the cake, Mr King has saved the best until last taking the trilogy out on a high.
RRP: £20 (Hardback) / £13.99 (Kindle Edition)
End of Watch is released 7 June 2016 and available to pre-order/buy from Amazon here.