Title: Finders Keepers
Author: Stephen King
Genre: Fiction, Horror, Thriller, Mystery, Crime, Suspense, Detective
Published: June 2, 2015
Page Amount: 448 pages
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
Why Read: I am enormous Stephen King fan… and if that wasn’t enough, this book is about MORE books. Luckily also, my father (who I share a Kindle library with) wanted to read it… and so one day it magically appeared. So I was really powerless when it came to not reading this book.
Review: When it comes to reviewing this book, I am torn. On one hand, it’s a Stephen King book – so I can say with confidence that the character development, plot and the connections are all beautifully written. On the other hand… this was not my favorite book by a long shot. It read like a normal thriller (which is fine), but I honestly prefer the creepily-written horror stories that he normally writes (Needful Things, Pet Cemetery, etc.). Perhaps this is an issue of misplaced expectations, but I still feel a little disappointed.
Like I mentioned earlier, the characters of Morris Bellamy, and Pete Saubers are expertly created. I especially like the backstories that make each character’s motivations so clear while simultaneously making the reader grit their teeth. One spoiler-free example is Morris Bellamy’s release from prison and his immediate return to the notebooks. Of course, knowing his backstory – you understand why he does that… but at the same time, I just want to shake the man’s shoulders and say “Chill out, man.” (From a safe distance, of course)
Part of what made the book far from my favorite is the plot. I didn’t mind the plot itself, rather the pace. It felt hurried in some sections, while being indeterminably slow in others. Maybe that’s just me… but it was certainly a point that made me read this very slowly. Case in point: I usually read Stephen King books in one sitting, while this one took me a couple weeks in which I would have to force myself to read it.
Basically – it’s a good book in all the ways that matter. It’s Stephen King, so you won’t be disappointed. But if you’re an especially picky reader, I would suggest not reading it. I know my own pickiness had a lot to do with my interpretation of this novel – so maybe you’ll enjoy it. Recommended with reservations….
Rating: 4/5 Stars