Author: Stephen King
Release Date: June 2nd 2015
Series: Bill Hodges Trilogy
Buy it : Amazon
First Line: “Wake up, genius.”
Blurb from Goodreads: “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.
Not since Misery has King played with the notion of a reader whose obsession with a writer gets dangerous. Finders Keepers is spectacular, heart-pounding suspense, but it is also King writing about how literature shapes a life—for good, for bad, forever.
The cover is as delightfully horrific as the first book in the series. It’s so perfect for the story behind it as well.
Compared to Mr. Mercedes, this book was not nearly as good. It started off too slow and I almost stopped reading (listening as I was listening to the audio book.) But I continued on because I wanted to be read for the third book. At the end of the day, this was a good book, as Stephen King doesn’t write a bad book.
In the heart of it this book is about a boy, Pete, whose family is going through a lot. His father was disabled by the Mercedes killer, and can’t find a job. His mother is a teacher and her salary has been cut. He and his sister try to ignore how much his parents fight, but they know what is going to happen if things don’t change.
Then, Pete finds a hidden treasure. A trunk full of money and old mole skin notebooks. He sends the money to his family anonymously but keeps the notebooks for himself. When more money is needed, Pete lets out the secret to a man that may be able to sell the notebooks, but trouble follows.
It’s also about a man who is so obsessed with a story that it leads him to kill the author for selling out. Actually, the story opens with Morris killing John Rothstein. He hides the money and the books until he can get away with it, without raising suspicion. But he doesn’t expect to land in a situation where the trunk of his treasures stays hidden for 30 years and a young boy finds them first.
I thought this book really was a fantastic book. It was a slow build up and could be a little annoying at the same time. The boring part I think was where Morris was sent to prison for a different crime. You pretty much sit the his cell with him and I was just bored with the prison life. Part of it aided to the story, but some of it just seemed out of place and useless information. I could also be a little impatient and wanted to know what was going to happen next.
The ending was actually a little heartbreaking. I won’t say anything except something important is lost in the end and it was just a bummer to have a happier ending for some people.
I just have to talk about this because it is the one thing that bugged me most about this book. If you have not read the book and don’t want to be spoiled, you have been warned!
When Pete decides to try and sell the mole skin notebooks, he is blackmailed, first by Andy, the book store owner, and then by Morris. Andy tries to blackmail him by saying Pete will be locked away because he stole some money. Morris tells Pete that Andy’s murder will be pinned on him because his fingerprints are in the office where Andy’s body lays.
I don’t know about you, but when I was 17 I was a little smarter than Pete. The money was found. Sure, he should have turned it in to the police, but when your family is in desperate need, you don’t always think about what you SHOULD do with money that is found. If Pete had stopped for just a minute to think about it, he would have known that neither Andy, nor Morris had anything against him. I think in the end it would have saved his entire family a lot of trouble.
Yes, I am ranting a little bit because this whole issue just bugged me to no end. It annoyed me that Pete was so ignorant through the whole thing.
By the end, I felt like this book was just a filler to build up to the last book. Maybe something comes back up in the last book that happened in this book. It was an okay read, but let’s face it, we just want to know what is going to happen next with Brady Hartsfield.