Book Review: Finders Keepers

Finders Keepers

Rating24 Nerd Girl Rating

Author: Stephen King
Release Date: June 2nd 2015
Series: Bill Hodges Trilogy
Genre: Horror/Mystery/Fiction
Pages: 448
Publisher: Scribner
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.

Review

 

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.

**Spoilers**

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.

**Spoiler/Rant over**

 

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.

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What Are You Reading?

What are you reading

Hello Friends! Happy Monday. I hope it’s not too terrible for you all. Especially since most of you have the day off.

This week I am still listening to Finders Keepers by Stephen King.

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I am about 2 hours from finishing this book and I can’t wait to get it finished.

I am currently reading the Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi. I’m just on the second book The Seeing Stone.

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Now, the first book I read in an hour. Sure it could have been faster if I had been focusing, but my focus is a little shot at the moment. I love that these books are so short and quick to read. And they are adorable and fun. I love anything to do with fairies, so I knew I had to finally read this series. I bought the collection in paperback but now that I know I am going to love them I want to get them in hardback as well.

I am also reading The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter

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I have actually set this book on the back burner. I have enjoyed reading it, but other things have grabbed my attention so I have not been reading this book as much. I might have peeked through the story a little bit and was a little disappointed in some things that I saw, but I am going to read this book and get through it. If I don’t care for it, I will move on and not bother with the rest of the series. Which, may happen. I love Gena Showlater’s YA novels, so I was hoping to love her adult novels too. I haven’t lost hope yet though.

Lastly, I am reading Figment by Cameron Jace. The second book in the Insanity series.

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I loved the first book and read it back in October, so it has been a while. But I remember most of it, may have forgotten a few details,  but for the most part I am up to speed. The second book, I just started reading it yesterday, is extremely interesting from the start. I hope to push through this one and the rest of the series by the end of next month, which would be fantastic! I also love anything to do with Alice and Wonderland…You put Wonderland on something and I will read it, buy it, collect it, cherish it, stalk it…yep, mild obsession.

Tell me, what are you reading?

What Are You Reading?

What are you reading

Hello Friends! Happy Monday…or not. 🙂

This week is going to be crazy for me so I probably won’t be reading as much as I usually do, but I still have a few books sitting on my bedside table at the moment.

So let’s get to it.

I am still listening to Finders Keepers by Stephen King

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This book is just so disturbing and some mornings on my way to work I have skipped listening to it just because the voice actor for the book can get annoying. Just some characters that he reads. He is a lovely voice actor, but some mornings I just can’t take it.

I am reading a middle grade book. Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver.

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So far it has been a very interesting story and the cover is just so gorgeous!

I’m also reading The Darkest Night by Gena Sowalter

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I was afraid I wouldn’t like Gena Showalter’s adult novels. I love her YA books. My fear was short lived as soon as I read the first chapter. I am, so far, in love with this book!

Aerisia: Land Beyond the Sunset by Sarah Ashwood

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This book has been so fantastic so far. Some days I just don’t have enough time to read enough of this book to satisfy my curiosity. As soon as I have some time I am probably going to sit down and do nothing but finish this book.

That is all I have this week. I know, I am reading too many books at once, but I am keeping the stories separate and they are all so different. I would have been done with at least one if I wasn’t working such strange hours.

What are you reading?

What Are You Reading?

What are you reading

Hello Friends! Happy Monday…I guess. 😛 I had to weekend off and now I see why Monday’s suck. Also, truck day is never fun. It’s even worse when you have to go in a 6 in the morning.

Enough complaining…at least I have a job that pays the bills, right?

At the moment I am still listening to Finders Keepers by Stephen King

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Let me tell you…I don’t know why I am so amazed at the crazy mind of Stephen King. Most of the stories I have read by him so far have all had a supernatural element to it. This one is just crazy people with a need to kill for whatever reason. Makes my skin crawl.

I am also reading Minutes Before Sunset by Shannon A. Thompson

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I kept saying how i just wasn’t interested in this story and didn’t think I would continue on with the series. I have officially changed my mind. This book is so good! I will probably finish it today and possibly buy the next book ASAP becuase it now has my undivided attention.

WeekTBR

Since I am so close to finishing one book and finished a book Sunday, I feel it’s safe to have a TBR for this week.

Exodia by Debra Chapoton

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The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter

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And…

Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty

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Who knows how far I will get on this list, but I have to start Exodia this week at least. I will probably start The Darkest Night tonight.

What are you reading at the moment?

What are You Reading?

What are you reading

Hello Friends! Happy Monday! I know you just don’t like Monday’s, who does? Monday is truck day for me so it is a long and exhausting day of moving boxes and trying not to kill myself on the metal rollers that we used to unload trucks. But! We have something awesome to look forward to, books!

This week I will start listening to Finders Keepers by Stephen King.

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I can’t wait to dig into this one. It’s the second book in the Bill Hodges series. Last month I listened to Mr. Mercedes and that book was…crazy.

I am reading Dead Set by Richard Kadrey.

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This book so far is fantastic. I find it hard to put down at night.

Minutes Before Sunset by Shannon A. Thompson

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This book has been interesting so far, but I am not sure that I am really into it. I will finish it. I like it enough to finish the book, but I am not sure I will continue on with the series…We will see.

I have another book that I am supposed to be reading, but I just can’t bring myself to actually read it. I also have a few books that I need to read for the Author of the month. Hopefully on my days off this week I can really dig into them.

So, tell me, what are you reading?