Synopsis: In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, 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 Hartsfield 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 two new, unusual 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.
This is possibly the first Stephen King novel that I have read in a long time. Jumping back into his work wasn’t as hard as I thought that it was going to be. For this book I did buddy read it in the month of September. I did go between the audiobook and the physical copy. Normally I don’t listen to the books that I’m reading, but I thought that I would give it a try this month.
I was not a big fan of this book. I’m a big fan of Stephen King, but this book is not one of his best. The first 15 pages of this book were fantastic. I loved getting to meet some of the characters that were introduced to use before the first “murder” of Mr. Mercedes. I was a little bummed to know that those characters didn’t survive. When getting to the main characters of this book, I did like them just not as much as I would have liked. I do wish that Stephen King went into a different direction. Most of this book was going between Detective Hodges and Brady (who is Mr. Mercedes).
I did DNF this book with about 100 pages left. I lost interest of what was happening and I didn’t really care for what was going to happen in the end. I would have liked to see this book end differently. This book was a little disappointing to say the least. I think that Stephen King’s writing has changed within the past couple of years. I was not expecting to DNF this book because this book did catch my attention at the start of this book.
All in all, I did not hate this book, but it wasn’t the best one that I have read either. I’m still planning to read more of his books because he is one of my favorite authors. I may have to go back to his earlier works.