BOOK REVIEW: Mr. Mercedes – by Stephen King

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Title: Mr. Mercedes
(Bill Hodges Trilogy #1)
Author: Stephen King
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery, Crime
First published: June 3rd 2014
Finished reading: September 30th 2014
Pages: 436
Rating 2,5

“The truth is darkness, and the only thing that matters is making a statement before one enters it. Cutting the skin of the world and leaving a scar. That’s all history is, after all: scar tissue.”

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Stephen King is one of my preferred horror/mystery authors. When I found out he published a new novel this year, I knew I just had to get myself a copy and read Mr. Mercedes as soon as possible. Unfortunately the book didn’t turned out to be as good as I would have thought. In fact, I was mostly left wondering if Stephen King REALLY wrote this book, or if he had someone else doing the job. Mr. Mercedes is definitely not King worthy, and it doesn’t deserve more than the 2,5 rating I was forced to give. I sincerly hope that Mr. Mercedes isn’t an example of his future work! Although I guess there are still a lot of older books I still have to read… If you have read his work before and enjoyed it, you have been warned when you choose this one. And if you don’t know his work and want to get to know it, I suggest you start with a different book… There are way better King books out there.

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Bill Hodges was once a very succesful detective, but now he is retired he feels useless and he has lost the will to live. His unsolved cases are haunting him; the one where someone stole a Mercedes and used it to kill eight innocent people in particular. Just as he seriously contemplates suicide, the so-called Mercedes killer starts contacting him. Hodges received a letter in which the killer lets him know he is watching him and invited him to talk through an anonymous chat. Hodges suspects something and uses his old contacts to slowly start investigating the case again; this time on his own. He doesn’t want to alert his old partner just yet and he thinks he can get the perp by himself. But he doesn’t know a lot about modern technology and he has to rely on the young Jerome to help him with the computer as well as the garden… Hodges then starts to talk with the killer through the chat site. Although the killer first said he didn’t intend to do it again, he is highly unstable and ends up planning something WAY bigger than the Mercedes attack. It is up to Hodges and his very unlikely helpers to stop him…

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I didn’t like Mr. Mercedes. It was close to boring, I didn’t like the writing style and the characters weren’t really convincing. Like I said before, this isn’t King worthy, and I definitely wouldn’t recommend reading it. There are way better options out there if you want to read something written by Stephen King. I seriously hope this book was indeed written by a ghost writer and that he soon realizes that this ‘new’ way of writing isn’t satisfactory. Until then I will be reading only his previous work myself…

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WWW Wednesdays #12 – October 1st

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Originally featured at Should Be Reading… WWW WEDNESDAYS is all about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

blackrosesI just started reading Black Roses yesterday, and I’m not that far into the story at all yet. But until now I like this novel set in the thirties of Germany and written by Jane Thynne. I’m having high hopes for this one! It’s also my first actual book after various ebooks, so I’m enjoying every minute of having a real book in my hands again. Although I have to admit it feels strange after reading so many ebooks.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

mrmercedesI finished Mr. Mercedes yesterday, and I still have to write a full review. What I can say for now that Stephen King definitely didn’t deliver with his newest novel. I just couldn’t like it, and I kept wondering if he really did write this one… Too bad; I had high hopes with this book as I normally enjoy his work. Back to the King‘s oldies it is! (I have The Dead Zone and Joyland still lined up for reading.)

 

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

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Ifloodtide have to return some books to a friend before the 21st, so I have moved A Matter Of Honour by Jeffrey Archer and Flood Tide by Clive Cussler up my TBR list and made them into my next reads. They are not books I normally choose, but I’m going to give them a go anyway. Anyone read any of these two titles?

WWW Wednesdays #11 – September 24th

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Originally featured at Should Be Reading… WWW WEDNESDAYS is all about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

hpandtheprisonerofazkabanI’m about to finish Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban by mrmercedesJ.K. Rowling and I’ve started reading Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King as well. The third HP book is of course a reread, and I can tell you it’s great to step back into the wizard world and read about the adventures of the boy who lived! I’m loving every second of it. Stephen King is one of my preferred horror/thriller genre authors, and until now he delivers with Mr. Mercedes.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

thedanceofthespiritsI finished The Dance Of The Spirits yesterday, and I have yet to write a full review. What I can say for now is that Catherine Aerie really managed to dazzle me with her story about lost love set during the Korean war. Its historical facts mixed with fiction form a perfect balance. It makes this novel a highly enjoyable read and just what I needed to take a break from all those YA dystopian novels I’ve been reading lately.

 

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

blackdivinefallEither Divine Fall by Kathryn Knight (ARC) or Black Roses by Jane Thynne depending on my mood. It’s either reading yet another YA fantasy story or an historical fiction novel set in Hitler’s Germany of the thirties… I’m placing my bets on Black Roses for now.

Friday Finds #8 – August 29th

fridayfinds FRIDAY FINDS is originally featured at Should Be Reading and showcases the most interesting books I’ve encountered during the last two weeks and have added to my neverending TBR list on Goodreads.  I know the list is already exploding, but I can’t help myself and don’t want to miss any potential treasures. So I’ve just accepted the TBR list will always be bigger than the amount of books I’ve read… Sigh. Last week was all about the Bout Of Books read-a-thon and I wasn’t able to find a lot of new titles, but the most interesting books are listed below:

My finds:

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