End of Watch (Bill Hodges Trilogy #3) – Book Review
I loved the previous two installments of the Bill Hodges Trilogy. While Mr. Mercedes was a tightly knit thriller with Brady as a maniac killer, Finders Keepers had a nice story arc, something that reminded me of Misery. The book ended on a note that built great anticipation for End of Watch. I couldn’t wait to know what was happening with Brady Hartsfield.
The book brings back Brady as the key nuisance in Hodges’ life.
Finders Keepers had a different storyline with a feeble mention of Brady here or there. Although, the events happened because of the Mercedes massacre, the book was good as a standalone thriller too.
With End of Watch, the arc of the story connects directly with Brady. He is now confined to Room 217 of the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, in an unresponsive state. However, if events and evidence is to be believed, he has gained some new powers that may allow him to wreak indescribable mayhem even without leaving the room.
Detective Bill Hodges is now running Finders Keepers with his partner Holly Gibney. They are called to a suicide scene that may have some link with the Mercedes Massacre. As they unfold the mystery, they pull themselves into their most dangerous case yet, that may even cost them their lives.
I have a big problem with the supernatural element.
Supernatural angle coming from Stephen King wouldn’t have been a problem, but End of Watch was supposed to be the final episode of a powerful thriller series penned down by King. I hated the entire concept of Brady gaining psychic powers. Fore mostly, it is an easy way out. With the condition Brady was left, it was difficult to make a trilogy, but King anyhow wrote a sequel, which was interesting in a standalone way. However, for third, he took an easy way out. Adding the supernatural concept allowed him to bring back Brady into the scene without much efforts.
As I mentioned earlier, I desperately wanted it to be a crime thriller or another realistic cat mouse chase at least.
End of Watch has the weakest plot.
It simply did not deliver with the impact it should have. The mystery element was missing from it. Right after the first few chapters you can deduce what’s going to happen next and the events don’t differ much from your imagination. I don’t understand why King bothered to give so much explanation on how Brady did everything when it was quite clear. It just made the plot drag.
There were some good parts between the book, but in a larger picture, it is the climax of End of Watch that takes the cake. That final section is one of the reasons that made me rate this book higher.
Brady disappointed me.
Don’t take me wrong. He is still the evil incarnate he was in Mr. Mercedes, but was predictable in End of Watch. As a reader, I knew what he was going to do and no matter how gruesome he was in his ways, he was still predictable.
However, Bill Hodges was as good as he was in the previous two books. I would not want to ruin the book for you with spoilers, but I was satisfied with the climax.
End of Watch is a good read, but I expected it to be great.
If you have read the previous two parts, there is no stopping you, but do not be disheartened by my review and pick up the first book if you haven’t started yet. Not liking the paranormal connection is a personal opinion and you may even like it.
Even with all the disappointment, I still feel that End of Watch is a decent book. It could have been better though.
Payback is a bitch, and the bitch is back.
Because things can get better, and if you give them a chance, they usually do.
If life hands you lemons, make lemonade! Words to live by, especially when you kept in mind that the only way to make them into lemonade was to squeeze the hell out of them.
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