Today I finished the book, Mr Mercedes, by Stephen King. It’s a pretty big book, well all of his books are pretty big.
A bit of background. A week ago I was at the Brown University Library and I picked up this book. It was worth it!
I actually have never read a Stephen King book because I’m mostly non-fiction. I’m trying to make a transition to reading both. And this was a really great book. I know this is just my preface to Stephen King’s thriller/mystery genre, but I’m really impressed so far and I have future hopes for the reading of Stephen King.
Obviously Stephen King is a world renowned, international bestselling author in this genre and he has written over 50 books that have made the bestsellers list. I think that’s unparallelled and really amazing, and I can see why.
So when I was reading other peoples’ review of this book I noticed many said it didn’t measure up to their perception of what it would be, considering his last books have been supposedly so great. I haven’t read them, so that also makes me happy. If I thought this book was really great, and everyone else said it was mediocre compared to what he usually writes, I am super excited to read every other book he has written in the past.
So I just want to talk about the characters. The character I really liked in this book was Jerome. He’s the black kid who is 6’5”, 17 years old and he’s really, really smart. He’s Hodges’ neighbor and he helps him mow his lawn and helps him with his computer. But he’s really savvy. Savvy in people skills, in street smarts and just overall intelligence. He actually has a choice to go to any Ivy League school he wants so he’s debating on which one he wants to go to. So that’s pretty cool. I just like his personality. He gets along with everyone, he can handle any conversation… he’s good at putting on a show for people.
I also want to talk about the main character, Hodges. Now Hodges is a retired detective, city acclaimed, he’s really good. And he gets involved in the Mercedes case again because Mr Mercedes, Brady, contacts him and sparks his interest again.
Now I didn’t really like Hodges at first because he was a person that was retired and he sat on the couch, ate obscene amounts of treats and he just watched TV all day. I can’t fathom that kind of lifestyle so I was immediately turned off by him. But throughout the book I grew to like him.
He’s heroic, he doesn’t mind sticking to what he believes in and following it through to the end. He’s there for justice, he doesn’t really care what other people think of him.
I really like how Stephen King grows every character. So Hodges started little and he ended up big, in terms of character growth. Along with Jerome. Jerome was really cultured but now he’s REALLY cultured. He has all this experience and then he gets the Medal of Honor at the end of the book. Holly (who you’ll have to read the book to know) was unstable, but towards the end of the book she’s enlightened and she’s going to therapy and she’s visiting Jerome’s house two times a week and they’re having a great time. She’s really grown, and that’s what I like in fiction books. I like that growing process and it was really well done in this book.
Brady, in this book, I have no words for him… he’s just a sick, sick guy. He loves his Mom sexually and it’s actually consensual. That’s really weird. And he’s also prone to violence. He killed his brother, kicked him off the stairs, and he’s just a weirdo.
So there’s talks about this book having a sequel, or even becoming a trilogy. I really liked this book and I’m excited to see if that pans out and also to read Stephen King’s other books.