“IN A MEGA STAKES, HIGH SUSPENSE RACE AGAINST TIME, THREE UNLIKELY AND WINNING HEROES TRY TO STOP A CRAZY KILLER FROM BLOWING UP THOUSANDS.
In the predawn hours, in a distressed American city, hundreds of unemployed men and women line up for the opening of a job fair. They are tired and cold and desperate. Emerging from the fog, invisible until it is too late, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes.
Months later, an ex-cop named Bill Hodges, still haunted by the unsolved crime, contemplates suicide. When he gets a crazed letter from “the perk,” claiming credit for the murders, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, fearing another even more diabolical attack and hell-bent on preventing it.
Brady Hartsfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. He loved the feel of death under the wheels of the Mercedes, and he wants that rush again. Only Bill Hodges, with a couple of eccentric and mismatched allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose, because Brady’s next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands.
Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.”
I am so happy to say that my first adventure into the world of Stephen King’s work was a success!
Stephen King is an author I have wanted to get into for years. As someone who isn’t the biggest fan of psychological thrillers/mysteries, I always felt like he would be the author to turn to if I had ever wanted to get more into the genre. I asked pretty much everyone in my family who has read one of his books where to start due to the fact that King has so many books out in the world at this moment. All of them said to start at different books so I compromised with myself and picked the one book that sounded the most appealing to me at the time which was Mr. Mercedes.
I ended up absolutely LOVING this book.
Since I did read this on audio, I’ll start off this review with talking about my thoughts on the narration. I thought it was fantastic. Will Patton had the most appropriate voice, at least in my opinion. It was kind of creepy and had the aspect of suspense that I love when reading (or listening) to thrillers.
Going into the characters, I liked them all. Bill was an interesting character. I have never read a thriller written in the perspective of a police officer (or in this case retired police officer.) We, the readers, got kind of an inside look in the behind the scenes action of the work police officers do that we don’t always see.
I also loved reading from the perspective of Brady. Seeing why he did what he did and kind of the things that lead up to those actions were interesting. Reading from the perspective of the killer always makes me more interested in the story than before.
As far as the romance aspects of this book, and like I say in most thrillers I read that have romance incorporated into them, I don’t think it was necessary. Romance is something that can either make or break a thriller for me. Has there been good ones in thrillers before? Of course. But I found the one in this book to be kind of predictable. I already knew what was going to happen from the moment it was introduced. Just wasn’t necessary.
Then going into the plot, this was my favorite part of the entire book. It was engaging and kept me on the edge of my seat. The psychological aspects of this book were interesting to learn about. I found myself using my knowledge of psychology (I am currently taking an intro to psychology class in college) while reading this book which is something I loved. I did find the plot to be a little too dragged out a some points and I think it could have been 45 minutes to an hour shorter but overall still a great book.
Overall, I think that my introduction to Stephen King was great. I knew going in that he was a local author (he is from Maine and I’m from Massachusetts) so supporting another New England author was awesome as it is one of my goals for this year. I can’t wait to pick up more book’s of his in the future!