First of all, I’d like to humbly apologise for my lack of posts in the last few months. I handed up the last of my scheduled assignments at the end of May and since then have been procrastinating with my studies (as is tradition) so I don’t really have any excuse, but I plan to rectify the situation. So, without further ado, it’s time to resume my normal programming of posting about all things bookish! I have been reading a lot lately (see earlier comment re: procrastinating from studies) so have lots of book reviews to catch up on. I thought I’d resume with my most recent read, Mr Mercedes by Stephen King.
The obligatory disclosure to begin with: readers of my blog will know that I am an avid Stephen King fan. I grew up reading his horror novels and I have never stopped reading him. So any time he releases something new, I immediately buy it and look forward to reading it. Thanks to some wonderful friends who gave me a $100 book voucher for my birthday, I was able to buy his latest novel, Mr Mercedes, and get into it pretty quickly.
This is one of King’s mystery/thriller novels rather than horror and I think he is wonderful at this genre. The story begins with the deaths of several people in a crowd outside a jobs fair after being run down by someone behind the wheel of a stolen Mercedes. The unsolved crime haunts retired detective Bill Hodges, who is drawn back to the case after receiving a taunting note from the perpetrator of the crime.
The reader is told who is responsible for the crime rather quickly as the point of view switches between characters, and I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about the background of the characters, especially that of the criminal, Brady. King explores characters’ emotions and driving forces very well and creates empathy and engagement between the reader and those we’re reading about. Crime is not usually a genre I read but I loved King’s foray into it and actually enjoyed this more than his recent sequel to The Shining, Doctor Sleep.
I strongly recommend this book to anyone who feels like reading something they can’t put down – whether you’re a King fan, a fan of crime novels, or just someone who is looking for something else to add to their TBR list. The only reason this doesn’t get 5 stars from me is because I reserve that for books I find to be masterpieces, and although this was excellent, it’s not enough to make my top 5.
Mr Mercedes by Stephen King – 4.5 out of 5 stars!