"End of Watch", by Stephen King

End of Watch: A Novel - Stephen King

Book 3, in the Bill Hodges Trilogy

We have reached the last chapter in a trilogy focusing on retired detective Bill Hodges. Since “Mr. Mercedes” and “Finders Keepers”, Bill and his sidekick Holly Gibney have run a private investigation agency and in this latest compelling and chilling drama they are back on the trail of Bill’s Evil nemesis Brady Hartfield. Although it makes the experience richer to have read the earlier novels, this 3rd installment works fine as a stand-alone.

No one combines human vulnerability into a chilling suspense the way Mr. King’s does and the results is often unnerving and heart-pounding supernatural suspense hard to put down. In “The End of Watch” his abilities are in full flow and what has started out as a straight detective mystery has turned out into one of those horror dramas he is better known for. The king of horror has turned inanimate objects into something terrifying. A game on the Zappit console becomes a brainwashing programme taking control of the player’s mind….Brady Hartfield, the twisted killer rendered comatose in “Mr. Mercedes” has found a new way to make people kill themselves…..

Bill has been obsessed with the idea that Brady can somehow pull out of his predicament while pretending to still be in a state of deep unconsciousness and this notion haunts Bill and Holly…..which leads to another intriguing and chilling mystery, a recipe for Internet fueled hysteria and a tick-tock race and nail-biting moments to the roaring satisfying conclusion…..

Good finish to a series I enjoyed