'Finders Keepers' is the second in the Bill Hodges trilogy. The first, 'Mr Mercedes', was wonderfully written with beautifully created characters, and a plot as taut as guitar strings that Stephen King had a task and a half on his hands to top it. However, if there is one writer capable of surpassing his own great work it's Stephen King.
This is the story of a reader who is obsessed with a trilogy of novels. However, he isn't happy with the final book and sets out to find and punish the author. This may sound like King's more famous novel, 'Misery', but this is a story of obsession for the twenty-first century.
Stephen King knows how important books, and their characters, are to readers. He knows where the fine line is between the simple enjoyment of a book and an obsession. As a child, I was obsessed with 'Great Expectations' by Charles Dickens and today it remains one of my favourite novels. King has perfectly executed the angst, the burning desire, the sense of loss and emptiness when a character's journey is over.
Stephen King is possibly one of the greatest American authors writing today, and with more than 50 books to his name, he is still at the height of his writing powers. He can invoke powerful emotions for his characters in one paragraph where lesser writers would need a whole page.
'Finders Keepers' starts at breakneck speed and continues throughout building to a shocking and terrifying conclusion that I'll be thinking about for many months ahead.
With 'Mr Mercedes' and 'Finders Keepers' being two of King's finest novels (in my opinion), I'm awaiting the conclusion to this wonderful trilogy with baited breath. I just hope King doesn't let Bill Hodges down in the finale. Who knows what an obsessive reader might do...