Author: Stephen King
Genre: Thriller, Crime
Type: Series, #1 Bill Hodges Trilogy
Point of View: First Person & Dual
Published: June 3, 2014
“In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of 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 Hartfield 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 a couple of highly unlikely 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.”
When I give a book a 3-star rating it was enjoyable, but just ok. I rate my books based on how much they met my expectations, not how ‘good’ they are. I do this because I think good/bad ratings highly depend on what you want from a book and are therefore subjective. In my reviews, I explain why a book did or didn’t meet my expectations and try to specify which people might like or dislike it. You can find more information about my rating scale here.
The story and plot were pretty good. The book starts off with describing the crime, following the point of view of people who later became the victims. Because of this, you’re pulled in from the start. The story overall was thrilling and had some nice twists and turns. It’s not often you know who committed the crime so early. Way earlier than the good guy trying to catch him. Which made it stand out from similar books. It had its downsides, though. Some parts of the story were slow or boring. I caught myself thinking ‘Can we just skip to the next part’ which doesn’t happen to me very often. It also had some plot holes, things the characters couldn’t have known but did anyways.
The characters were probably one of the things I liked most about this book. Both the good and the bad guy were very interesting characters, though I think I liked reading about the bad guy more. I loved trying to figure out why Brady was so twisted but was a little let down of how much we actually got to see. The great part was that the good guy also had his flaws, it wasn’t all black and white. With Bill, I loved seeing his personality shine through in every action and conversation. The side characters were also great. It’s a good sign when you want to read more about their story too, and boy did I.
Point of view
What I really loved about this book was the use of the dual point of view. It was a good change also getting to read from the bad guy. Because you get information from both sides you know more than the main characters. You know more about Brady than Bill does and more about Bill than Brady does. This builds a lot of tension.
Some parts were fast paced, others were slow. All of Brady’s chapters flew by. While some of Bill’s made me want to skip them.
By the time we got to the ending it felt like it was going to be obvious what would happen. I was surprised to see I was wrong. A surprising ending is always a plus.
+ Dual point of view, building tension
+ Interesting main, and side characters
+ Liked the ending
– Boring or slow at parts
– Plot holes and jumping to conclusions
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