Title: End of Watch by Stephen King
Book Beginnings quote:
Z January 2016: A pane of glass breaks in Bill Hodges's pants pocket. This is followed by a jubilant chorus of boys shouting, 'That's a HOME RUN!.'
Friday56 quote (from page 20, last page of preview):
Marlee rises and peeks into Dr. Stamos's office. He is sitting behind his desk with a folder open in front of him. KERMIT WILLIAM HODGES is computer-printed on the tab. The doctor is studying something in the folder rubbing his temple, as though he has a headache.
Summary: As with most mysteries I don't want to summarize End of Watch for fear I will give away too much of the plot. This is the third book in the Bill Hodges Trilogy where we are reunited with the ex-cop, Bill Hodges, his associate, Holly Gibney, and their friend, Jerome Robinson. We also re-meet a character from the first book in the series, Brady Hartsfield, who somehow is driving teenagers to commit suicide. If Hodges and Gibney don't figure out how he is doing it, the three protagonists may become victims themselves. The quote from page 20 gives us an idea of another plot twist-- Hodges is just about to get some very disturbing medical news about himself. Will he have enough time to figure out what is going on and find a way to stop it before he succumbs to his disease?
Review: My husband and I listened to the audiobook, read by Will Patton, on our current road trip to California to assist our daughter's move back to California after a covid-19 lockdown hiatus in our home in Washington State. We listened to the first book in the series, Mr. Mercedes, on another road trip, so we knew it would be a captivating book to listen to above the road noise. This book brings the Bill Hodges Trilogy to a terrifying and unpredictable conclusion, combining detective fiction with trademark Stephen King supernatural suspense where the outcome wasn't clear right up until the last few pages. We both give the book a 5-star review.
Big Books Summer Challenge. Weighing in at 448 pages in length, End of Watch is my first 'big book' of the summer reading season and qualifies for the challenge hosted by Sue over at Book by Book. (Sorry, I didn't do a blog post about joining up this year, I've just jumped right in.)
20-Books of Summer Challenge. First book.