Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes.

In another part of town, months later, a retired cop named Bill Hodges is still haunted by the unsolved crime. When he gets a crazed letter from someone who self-identifies as the "perk" and threatens an even more diabolical attack, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing another tragedy.

Brady Hartfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. He loved the feel of death under the wheels of the Mercedes, and he wants that rush again.

Only Bill Hodges, with a couple of highly unlikely allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose, because Brady’s next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands.

Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable


*******

Sorry Mr. King this is not one of your best books. I'm sitting here, trying to collect my thought about the book, trying to come up with something good about it, but it's hard, mostly because there are so many things that bothers me.

 The biggest issue I had with the book was that Hodges never contacted the cops which I found puzzling since he from the beginning never had a reason for a vendetta except for the fact that he never caught Mr. Mercedes before he retired. Of course later on he got himself a reason to wanting the killer dead, mostly because his own fault, because he never called the police. You see my problem? He's an ex-cop with an ex-police partner that he can call but he decides to be the lone ranger instead. And also the killer is a tech nerd and Hodge is not, but of course he manage to find himself not one but two people that are tech nerds...


2 stars to Mr. Mercedes. A good try King to write a thriller but sadly a failed attempt to make it a good one. You should take a look at Harlan Coben books, he is a master when it comes to twists and thrillers with a lot of suspence...and sympathetic characters...

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