The last Stephen King book I read was 11/22/63. I couldn’t put that book down, and I was sad when it ended. When I planned for recovery from my foot surgery, I definitely wanted some Stephen King books in the mix.
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One of those books was Mr. Mercedes. This book is the first in a trilogy.
Mr. Mercedes tells the tale of Bill Hodges, a retired detective who is depressed and lost without his career. Because he sacrificed everything, including his family, for his career, once the career is gone, he slides into binge eating and suicidal thoughts.
That all changes one day when he gets a letter from “Mr. Mercedes.” One of the cases Hodges hadn’t been able to close at the end of his career was the case of Mr. Mercedes, a man who stole a Mercedes and plowed into a group waiting outside a job fair. He killed eight people, including a baby and the baby’s mother.
Mr. Mercedes was never caught, so when Hodges receives the letter from him, all of Hodges detective skills and curiosity come back, and he’s on the case. Of course, since he’s retired, he shouldn’t be on the case, so he has to rely on a host of others to help him including his 17 year old lawn boy who is also a child genius.
I enjoyed this book and found it fast-paced. I enjoyed watching the battle of wits between Mr. Mercedes and Hodges, especially as they provoked and taunted one another. I also could clearly see what the end of the book would be, but in this story, that didn’t matter so much. How the characters got to the end of the book was what mattered.
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans scale.