Monday, July 28, 2014

He's Still Got It!  A Review of
Mr. Mercedes: A Novel by Stephen King

Stephen King's latest novel, Mr. Mercedes, is the story of a retired cop trying to solve an unsolved crime that still haunts him.  King creates a sense of instability for the reader  from the beginning by killing what appears to be the main character before the end of the first chapter.  He keeps the reader guessing for a time, and then it becomes perfectly clear who the bad guys is.  What is unclear is whether he or our hero will triumph in the end.

King creates the suspense and dread for which he is renowned.  He creates characters about whom the reader can truly care.  He lightens the mood with humor at just the right moments, on occasion making references to his own works.

Mr. Mercedes is a thriller with heart.  I'd highly recommend it for readers who like this type of novel.