Friday, July 25, 2014

July Junque: Day 25 Killer Book Review

We know who the killer is – a man wearing a clown mask drives a Mercedes through crowds of people at a job convention. However, he gets away and is now plotting against retired Detective Hodges. Stephen King is a master of suspense. He hooks you and reels you in bit by bit in the book Mr. Mercedes. It’s a race against time and an insight into a killer’s mind.  

From the cover blurb: The killer “loved the feel of death under the wheels of the Mercedes, and he wants to feel that rush again. Only Bill Hodges, with a couple of eccentric and mismatched allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose, because the next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands.” 

This is not a book with creatures who go bump in the night. This is a book with an insane monster functioning in society. He’s a computer geek with two jobs, and he gains access to homes, families, and kids easily. Now, that’s scary.
Stephen King knows how to poke into the psyche and hit the nerves. He writes with humor and everyday chatter, and he keeps the pages turning. If you haven’t read a Stephen King book in a while, Mr. Mercedes is a good one to pick up for summer reading. It’s fast paced and nerve wracking. Root for Detective Hodges and figure out the twists and turns with him. Your heart will thump, scared there will be an explosion.  Accelerate or swerve. Whew!



  1. I have never read a Stephen King book - this one sounds like a good jumping in point.

  2. SOLD! I used to read every King and Koontz book as soon as the ink dried on their pages, but it's been quite a while. To tell the truth, I'm not even sure why I stopped reading them. This book sounds like the perfect re-introduction. Thanks for the recommendation.

    Happy weekend!

  3. I like that it's fast-paced, and even has some funny moments thrown in. To be on the safe side, it's probably best if I don't read Mr. Mercedes at bedtime.