I previously reviewed Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers, so I had to finish the trilogy with End of Watch (which is fulfilling the 12 x 12 list for "a book published this year.") End of Watch picks up five years after the Mr. Mercedes murders, when Brady Hartsfield killed eight people and subsequently ended up in the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, supposedly in a catatonic state. But looks can be deceiving, and there's a LOT more going on in that evil Brady head than meets the eye. Bill Hodges and his partner Holly Gibney start investigating suspicious suicides which have connections to the Mercedes Massacre, and it becomes more and more apparent that Brady is still very much involved in the lives of those who were part of the collateral damage. Of the three books, this one delves into the supernatural much more than the first two, which makes it more traditionally a King novel than the first two might have been (at least in my humble opinion). It's hard for me to be objective because I have such a Stephen King obsession, but definitely if you read the first two novels, you should finish this trilogy. I found this a satisfying, poignant ending with characters that I truly enjoyed spending time with.
Anyone who knows me know what a nut I am for Stephen King (I have most of his books in first edition hardcovers in my study), so as soon as he publishes another one, I'm online to Barnes and Noble! I'm doing these together because Mr. Mercedes introduces us to the characters and then Finders Keepers starts exactly at one tragic climax in the book and follows another character's storyline. Along the way we befriend a great cast of characters--Bill Hodges the ex-cop turned private detective, Holly Gibney his secretary who is definitely on the autism spectrum, and Jerome Robinson the neighborhood lawn boy now turned college student who comes back home for the fun. And it is fun watching these three in action; I hope Mr. King plans on writing more about their adventures. This is a cast of characters with whom I enjoy spending my time. Plenty of action and suspense thrown in (but no sci-fi creepiness, for other King fans who know his work!)