Before reading this I must warn you that there will be some spoilers not just from this book, but also from Mr. Mercedes, so if you haven’t read the series yet stop reading this right now and go read them (you can always come back and read this after it’s not going anywhere).
Okay, here we go. So, everyone’s been dead the whole time. The end.
I’m kidding. End of Watch is the final book in the Bill Hodges trilogy and pits our Bill Hodges against Brady Hartsfield again. That’s right Mr. Mercedes is back. After finding out he has been diagnosed with cancer and only having months to live, Bill Hodges becomes intrigued by a recent spree of suicides and each one has something in common, Brady Hartsfield. Each person who had committed suicide has come into contact with Brady in one-way or another. Back in Mr. Mercedes Holly Gibney and Hodges prevented Brady from fulfilling his evil plan and left him in a vegetative state. However now many of the hospital staff believes Brady is recovering at an abnormal rate and believe that he is faking his injuries so he doesn’t have to go on trial.
After sustaining the head injury, Brady now has the ability to move small objects with his mind and the ability to enter the bodies of certain people who are more susceptible to his powers. Confined to his hospital bed though, Brady uses his power to finish what he started by creating a hypnotic video game the makes the player more susceptible to his mental ability. His end game though is to lure Hodges into the game and finally be able to exact his revenge on the “det ret”.
The ending of this book is definitely a sad ending even though you know it’s coming the entire time. I was hoping that maybe Bill would get better and the cancer would magically go into remission or something, but that’s not what happened. However, if you are reading this Mr. King, I would love to read about more adventures with Holly Gibney. She is so damn weird and lovable.
This was another great book and a fantastic ending to the series. Not only does this book have some terrifying parts, there are also a lot of very touching moments. Each character is so well drawn out and deep, I truly fell in love with the characters, except for Brady, but even then he is completely fascinating. He’s just so fucked up. End of Watch is my second favorite of the series with Mr. Mercedes coming before it. Overall, this is a great series and I would recommend reading them (even though Morris Bellamy sucks).
Length : 448 pages
Favorite Quote: “Crying harder than ever, because she knows he’s telling the truth about needing her. And being needed is a great thing. Maybe the great thing.”
Niles’ rankings of Stephen King books:
- Mr. Mercedes
- End of Watch
- Finders Keepers