End of Watch : Bill Hodges Trilogy

  • by Stephen King
  • Narrated by Will Patton
  • Series: Bill Hodges Trilogy
  • 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

End of Watch is a compelling and chilling suspense novel which sees retired detective Bill Hodges back on the trail of his nemesis, Brady Hartsfield, the criminal the press called The Mercedes Killer.
Foiled in his attempt to commit a second mass murder, Hartsfield is confined to a hospital brain-injury unit in a seemingly unresponsive state. But all is not what it seems: Brady is able to influence both his physician and the hospital librarian to commit crimes in the outside world.
Now the technological genius has created a hypnotic electronic fishing game which compels users to commit suicide, and he is determined to target the three people who put him in hospital: Hodges and his sidekicks, Holly and Jerome.

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Not his best work!

I love Mr King but I found this plot a little poor at best. It was weak and verged on the ridiculous. You still get some suspense but it's all very predictable. If you loved the other two books in this series, I would recommend you quit while you are ahead as this would just disappoint you.
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- Desiree

Below average

This trilogy has steadily declined over the three novels released. The first novel Mr Mercedes was brilliant, dark, brooding and full of suspense. The second instalment was distinctly average having lost the dark edge of its predecessor. Which leads us to this final chapter of the trilogy: 'End of Watch'. It can best be described as plodding.

I found 'End of Watch' to be far below average, in fact for a Stephen King novel it was outright lazy. It was ridiculously far fetched with no real suspense, no shocks, no unexpected twists or turns and next to no new character development. It was as if King had become bored with the characters and was writing only to fulfil a contractual agreement.

I felt the character of Holly to be particularly annoying and her character is full of lazy stereotypes. I still enjoy the lead character Ret Det Kermit Hodges but he's been wasted here.

The final few chapters of the story felt odd, the social commentary on suicide felt clumsy and shoehorned in, again this jars with King's usual subtle and ironic style when he seeks to make a point or highlight a social issue.

The one plus point was the narration. As always Will Patton was great. His performance was the saving grace and kept me listening to the audiobook. I love his work when he's reading a King novel.



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- Robert

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-06-2016
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton