I haven’t had internet for the past week and I wasn’t very comfortable with posting through my phone. Putting the incompetency of Indian internet service providers aside, all this free time helped me catch up on a lot of reading. I borrowed Finders Keepers from my library.
This is another book that I picked up without knowing it was a sequel. I call myself a thriller fanatic but I’ve read only a surprisingly small amount of King’s novels. I will most definitely be reading more of his works from now on, this was such an intense read.
“Wake up, genius.” So begins King’s instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn’t published a book for decades. Morris Bellamy is livid, not just because Rothstein has stopped providing books, but because the nonconformist Jimmy Gold has sold out for a career in advertising. Morris kills Rothstein and empties his safe of cash, yes, but the real treasure is a trove of notebooks containing at least one more Gold novel.
Morris hides the money and the notebooks, and then he is locked away for another crime. Decades later, a boy named Pete Saubers finds the treasure, and now it is Pete and his family that Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson must rescue from the ever-more deranged and vengeful Morris when he’s released from prison after thirty-five years.
Finders Keepers is a gripping tale that shows how the make believe world of literature has affected two individuals in different ways. Add to it the Stephen King staples of suspense, thrills, and bloody murder and you get a book that will make you stay up late in the night to finish it.
Characterization was A+, as usual. All the characters felt very believable. When Morris Bellamy’s appearance was described in the book, I just couldn’t shake off the image of Mendez from Orange is the New Black (HAVE YOU WATCHED SEASON 4 YET?).
It was probably because he is described as being thin and pale on multiple occasions. When Bellamy is released from prison 35 years later, I could only picture Mendez with white hair. On every chapter devoted to Bellamy, I would picture Mendez and then push myself to imagine him the way the author probably envisioned. And that is why you shouldn’t watch too much TV, kids. It puts images in your head. 😛
There are two types of readers in this book. There’s Pete Saubers- your usual sane reader, and then there’s Morris. He believes Rothstein did not end his trilogy well. Since there has been talk of Rothstein having several unpublished works, he decides to steal them. Remember the times we screamed on social media for more Harry Potter books? Morris takes that to the next level. He kills the author and steals the unpublished notebooks (Not a spoiler, it is in the synopsis). It shows how literature affects each person differently.
The trio from Mr. Mercedes return only when we’re halfway through the novel. The already fast paced novel picks up when these characters are introduced. I ended up liking them more than the original characters of this book, which shows just how much I would enjoy the first book. Though this is a sequel, you wouldn’t feel lost if you haven’t read the first book. It works well as a standalone.
With a brilliant plot, perfect world building, and excellent writing this is a book every thriller fan should read. And read it quickly! The third book is out already.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Don’t mind me as I go hunting for books 1 and 3. What did you think of the review? Let me know in the comments.