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End of Watch: A Novel by Stephen King

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The spectacular finale to the New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with Mr. Mercedes (winner of the Edgar Award) and Finders Keepers -In End of Watch, the diabolical "Mercedes Killer" drives his enemies to suicide, and if Bill Hodges and Holly Gibney don't figure out a way to stop him, they'll be victims themselves. In Room 217 of the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, something has awakened. Something evil. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of the Mercedes Massacre, where eight people were killed and many more were badly injured, has been in the clinic for five years, in a vegetative state. According to his doctors, anything approaching a complete recovery is unlikely. But behind the drool and stare, Brady is awake, and in possession of deadly new powers that allow him to wreak unimaginable havoc without ever leaving his hospital room. Retired police detective Bill Hodges, the unlikely hero of Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers , now runs an investigation agency with his partner, Holly Gibney-the woman who delivered the blow to Hartsfield's head that put him on the brain injury ward. When Bill and Holly are called to a suicide scene with ties to the Mercedes Massacre, they find themselves pulled into their most dangerous case yet, one that will put their lives at risk, as well as those of Bill's heroic young friend Jerome Robinson and his teenage sister, Barbara. Brady Hartsfield is back, and planning revenge not just on Hodges and his friends, but on an entire city. In End of Watch , Stephen King brings the Hodges trilogy to a sublimely terrifying conclusion, combining the detective fiction of Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers with the heart-pounding, supernatural suspense that has been his bestselling trademark. The result is an unnerving look at human vulnerability and chilling suspense. No one does it better than King.



  • I just couldn't get into it, you know? I can't quite put my finger on whether it was the subject matter, the way it was read aloud, or the characters themselves, but it just didn't click with me. It felt like I had to push myself to keep listening until the end. Overall, it simply didn't strike a chord with me.
  • I absolutely loved "End of Watch: A Novel" by Stephen King, which is the final installment in a thrilling trilogy. Narrated by the talented Will Patton, this audiobook follows the story of retired detective Bill Hodges, who becomes obsessed with solving "The Mercedes Killer" case. In the previous book, Detective Hodges, along with his unconventional allies Holly and Jerome, successfully thwarted the killer's evil plans and left him in a coma after a well-deserved thump on the head by Holly. However, in "End of Watch," the killer, Brady, wakes up with newfound supernatural abilities. What makes "End of Watch" my favorite book in the series is that Stephen King returns to his signature style of writing, delving into the world of things that go bump in the night with a supernatural twist. While each book in the trilogy is gripping and filled with suspense, I've always had a preference for fantasy and sci-fi over realistic fiction. I must mention that Will Patton's narration was exceptional, bringing the story to life in a captivating manner. As a long-time fan of Stephen King, it's no surprise that I gave this audiobook a well-deserved 5-star rating.
  • Stephen King has done it again with his brilliant novel 'End of Watch' and the exceptional narration by Will Patton takes it to a whole new level! I'm eagerly anticipating their future projects because their collaboration is simply phenomenal!
  • I remember buying my first Stephen King book, "The Shining," many years ago. It was a worn-out paperback with a curling cover and dog-eared pages. Despite its condition, I cherished it because I wanted a book I could keep, not just borrow from the library. Since then, I've been a loyal reader of King's works. Some of them, like "The Stand," I revisit every few years, while others, like "Joyland," I worry may not translate well into a movie adaptation. However, King has also written books that I wouldn't revisit, such as "The Tommyknockers" and "Lisey's Story." Unfortunately, "End of Watch," the final book in the Detective Bill Hodges Trilogy, falls into that category for me. Although I enjoyed the references to Thomas Harris and admired King's writing, certain sections of the book felt slow and uninteresting. The main antagonist, Brady Hartsfield, failed to evoke fear, and his accomplice, Felix Babineau, MD, met a predictable demise. However, despite my mixed feelings about the story, I still adore the well-developed characters, particularly Holly Gibney, whose quirks remind me of Augusten Burroughs' brother, John Elder Robinson. King's ability to create relatable and flawed individuals is truly commendable. The narration by Will Patton was solid, although the editing had some issues with words being cut off, which proved distracting. The review's title is a quote from the book. If you found this review helpful, please click "YES." Thank you.
  • What were your disappointments with End of Watch? Whoever said "This is his best yet" missed the mark completely... It's a shame that in the last third of this trilogy, the author went off on a tangent. Even though I adore Will Patton as a narrator, he didn't bring his best performance to the conclusion. The first two books in this series were incredibly enjoyable and difficult to put down, but the last book was a struggle. I ended up quitting. The story became too preoccupied with recapping every detail from the previous books, which became irritating. And the whole concept of mind control through a fish game? What was that about? Will Patton's portrayal of "Holly" was simply painful... I've read many of Stephen King's novels, and this is far from being his "best yet." I think he lost interest and just threw it all together. I suppose not every book can be great, right? There's no denying the author's talent, which has been evident for a long time... However, this book doesn't reflect his true potential. Perhaps he needs a new source of inspiration. Has End of Watch discouraged you from exploring other books in this genre?
  • I absolutely adore this series! This book continues the story from the first one... in a way. Stephen King is a true master (like, no doubt about it) at immersing the reader in the journey with the characters. The "good" guys always have a handle on things while they solve the crime, allowing readers to enjoy the mystery while still getting a good scare from the "bad" guy. And let me tell you, the bad guy is seriously bad. I know other reviewers will probably use more flowery language to describe this book, but I'll just say that I love how Stephen King takes a simple mystery, adds a dash of suspense, sprinkles in some macabre elements, throws in a touch of the supernatural, introduces lovable and respected characters, and takes readers on an emotional rollercoaster. If you enjoyed the first two books, you're gonna love this grand finale.
  • I personally think that the trilogy would have been better off concluding with the first book. Although there was an initial surprising twist in this installment, the overall journey becomes quite predictable and lacks excitement. Furthermore, it starts delving into unimaginable territories. Despite my fondness for the main characters and the joy of encountering them again, I can't help but feel that their potential was wasted in this particular story.