This second installment of the Bill Hodges Trilogy only loosely ties back to the first novel. However, it’s still action-packed and worth the read!
If you read this after reading Mr. Mercedes, the first book in the trilogy, you may wonder why is this book a part of the trilogy. I know I did! But give Mr. King the benefit of the doubt and he won’t disappoint.
When the son of a survivor of the Mr. Mercedes attack stumbles upon a treasure trove of cash and unpublished work of an iconic author murdered years earlier, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot. And he has – sort of. He makes very good use of the money, and becomes enthralled in the writing. But when the original mastermind of the murder and theft is released from prison – found guilty of an unrelated charge – and finds his buried stash stolen, he’s ready to kill again.
This story will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. It’s not the scary or spooky type of story so commonly attributed to Stephen King, but the pace is perfect, the characters are perfect (at being imperfect), and the suspense is killer!