- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (20 July 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1473634008
- ISBN-13: 978-1473634008
- Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.3 x 24.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #78,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
End of Watch Hardcover – 20 Jul 2016
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King works his customary storytelling magic, unspooling the plot threads almost as quickly as readers can turn the pages
Bill and Holly's decidedly down-to-earth detecting...makes the novel shine. I'd back these two anywhere
...the book I'd pick off the pile at the airport this summer
Increasingly drenched with chilling spookiness. Exciting, elegant and poignant, it's a fitting finale to a brilliant trilogy
A compelling and chilling suspense novel, END OF WATCH is the final stand-alone novel in King's trilogy featuring retired detective Bill Hodges.See all Product description
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In the aftermath of Mr. Mercedes, Bill Hodges has been busy. After he solved the Peter Sauber's case in Finders Keepers (Bill Hodges #2) he is clutching to his detective agency -pushing 70- and holding onto it.
One day, he gets a call from his old friend Pete calling for aid, saying that there has been a murder. After visiting the crime scene, Hodge’s thoughts turns immediately to Brady Hartsfield (the prick who tried to blow up an auditorium full of screaming kids). Somehow, he knows Brady is involved with this horrendous crime but can’t bring his head around to it.
Bill’s assistance Holly thinks that he is paranoid because he still seems obsessive over Brady -the fish he never caught- and ever since he stopped visiting him at the hospital, his thoughts turns towards him now and then.
Brady had been busy too. Ever since Holly smashed his skull with Bill’s Happy Slapper (balls in a sock), he was in a coma. After he had waked up, he found himself paralyzed, but he did get a particular set of uncanny abilities, the same abilities that had disastrous repercussions in King’s first novel Carrie.
The band (Bill, Holly, and Jerome) is back together for one final ride. Is anyone safe?
End of Watch has a masterfully constructed prologue. King’s ability to suck you in his world, and forming an addictive page turner is apparent in this story.
The exposition is carefully placed, and there are no unnecessary scenes. King’s focus is eminent from the beginning, and it is present till the end; it does have an uninteresting side story, but it doesn’t consume the novel.
When I read the synopsis, my desire was only one. The novel should have a convincing and logical way to give Brady the powers he possesses. This is not a supernatural story, so giving him those powers by any unnatural means would have been a compromise to this trilogy and more to the crime thriller genre, and to my surprise, King delivers a disturbing yet believable theory which resuscitates Brady.
The pacing of End of Watch is perfect. Stephen slowly yet deliberately builds the scenes. He doesn’t jump on the finale train and tries to cram the readers with everything he could muster. The story has a purpose, and that purpose is to unsettle the readers. Brady is deranged, we know that, but how far will he go exact revenge? Very far, very very far.
One hitch I have with the story is the climax. The ultimate battle between Bill Hodges and Brady Hartsfield. It was over too quickly and the small thrill that captured me: the amusement that kept me turning the pages hoping it’s going to be exciting; it was a disappointment. The face-off should have been exhilarating, but it ended with a weird and cringe-worthy fight.
The prologue is something I wasn’t expecting, but it is a satisfying and fulfilling ending.
As I said in my Finders Keepers review, King creates a good, bad guy. Brady Hartsfield's intentions are something bigger, bigger than exploding an auditorium. In End of Watch, he goes for something humongous.
After waking up from a coma, Brady finds himself in a vegetative state, unable to move or conduct any activity, and it is a sad scenario where I felt unwanted affection towards him. A nurse squeezing his nuts and Bill’s constant mental torture are some disturbing visions. I know I should feel good, he is the villain, but as I said, he is a good, bad guy; King somehow turned this evil character into a helpless sympathetic jerk; this made his actions seem much more drastic and sensible than I would have liked (he is bad after-all).
As for the other characters, Bill, Jerome, Holly, Pete, and some side characters have a presence that you feel, but I was never attached to any of these characters. I don’t hate them, but I don’t root for them either, and it remains unchanged in this novel. Those characters don’t have to wave their hands and scream, “I’m in this too, notice me. NOTICE ME!” You know they are present, but they are not enticing.
There was an unintentional connection with Bill Hodges. I didn’t root for him but wanted him to succeed, and the finale turned out to be more emotional than I thought.
Should You Read End of Watch?
Yes. King’s tremendous ability to transform a simple idea into an act of horror is evident throughout the novel. He takes a common element and makes it... disturbing. Without spoiling anything let me tell you this, I wouldn’t look at fishing games the same way.
End of Watch is thrilling, even it may not have a nail-biting finale: Stephen King’s writing and the disturbing character of Brady turns this average novel into a dreadful and sad tale about two people’s obsession with each other. This novel is a worthy end to its watch.
How can every attempt of invention by the Brady guy already exist from the next moment on?
I had high regards for this author until i read this book. Fortunately or unfortunately my previous book was Girl with the dragon tattoo. And I am now struggling to finish this crap.
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Read to complete the series if you are a die hard fan of Stephen King.