Not sure what compelled me to pick this up as a Rapid Read (7-day checkout) from my library. (I'm usually a super slow reader; this mainly due to theNot sure what compelled me to pick this up as a Rapid Read (7-day checkout) from my library. (I'm usually a super slow reader; this mainly due to the fact that I dwell on paragraphs, sentences, and phrases that I want to savor--probably too long.) But I saw Finders Keepers sitting there and thought, "New Stephen King? Haven't read a lot of his new stuff. Why not?" The synopsis sounded oddly like Misery, but I knew it surely couldn't be a knockoff of his own work. I didn't even realize it was part of a series until I came to Goodreads to add it to my shelf. By then, I was148 pages in and totally hooked. I didn't care that it was book 2 because I wanted to see where the rabbit hole was headed.
Finders Keepers is filled with all the things lovers of Stephen King eat up--tiny horrors the imagination would never conjure on its own, characters with depth and sharp personalities, nail biting chapter endings, and a masterful grasp of how to draw a reader's fingers to the corner of the page in delighted yet terrified anticipation of the inevitable turning. I came to care at least a little bit about every single character that emerged. Even the guy at the mechanic shop had layers to him, which is one of King's trademarks--making characters so rich and real you can almost smell them.
The storyline is most definitely NOT a throwback to Misery. Obsessive, crazy fan of a writer's main character? Yes. Beloved writer in a hostage situation? No. (That's pretty clear by the end of chapter 1.) Morris, the antagonist, is both insane and relatable. He's a fan of good stories, and aren't we all who pick up books? His fanaticism is almost understandable, though the choices he makes to express his passions are not so wise...
I haven't yet read Mr. Mercedes (book 1 of the series), but I'm certainly interested in the crossover characters I met in Finders Keepers. In true King fashion, the intertwining of these two stories is all at once perfectly genius while seemingly perfectly random, mirroring real life. As Sherlock Holmes would say, "Life is infinitely stranger than anything that the mind of man could invent."
I'm excited to read Mr. Mercedes next. Though the ending was (not surprisingly) given away in book 2, I really don't care because I'm highly intrigued by Bill Hodges, Holly, and Jerome. In Finders Keepers, I got to see their growth as characters after the events of book 1, and I'd love to see what their beginnings looked like. As for the antagonist in Mr. Mercedes, Brady, he scares me a bit, especially after the epilogue at the end of Finders Keepers. Book 3 in this series is going to be a doozy....more
The Rook is a masterful unfolding of a supernatural mystery that continued to keep me on the edge of my seat from page 1 until the end. Very unique chThe Rook is a masterful unfolding of a supernatural mystery that continued to keep me on the edge of my seat from page 1 until the end. Very unique characters, settings, and circumstances are woven within compelling twists and unexpected surprises, all wrapped in a delightfully real narrative voice.
My only complaint is a minor one, and that is the profuse use of the f-word. Though to the author's credit, the profanity is not used too frivolously or unnecessarily. It only comes across when a character is angry, frustrated, or annoyed, which is much more acceptable than when it is used for casual conversation.
I'm not usually a fan of female main characters, but Rook Thomas comes across as a multi-layered lead who is neither all good nor all bad, which breaks typical conventions for fictional females. She makes mistakes, some of which she regrets and others which she embraces. She also makes good choices, some of which turn on her and others which work out for the best. Overall, she is simply real and well balanced. She is both strong and vulnerable. She has her weaknesses and things that make her nauseated, yet she is starkly aware of her strengths and potential for power. I absolutely adore her character arc throughout the story.
For a debut novel, The Rook is quite impressive. I couldn't stop reading and mused upon the story when I wasn't immersed in the world. It is one of the rare books that I will likely re-read someday soon. Very excited to see that a sequel is slated for 2015!...more
I picked this up rather randomly off the shelf at the library. This was first published in 1953. What a great suspense story! I thoroughly enjoyed theI picked this up rather randomly off the shelf at the library. This was first published in 1953. What a great suspense story! I thoroughly enjoyed the way the first person narrator spoke and how he was able to mete out the clues and bits of information in such a way that made it really difficult to put down the book. The ending was brilliant--exactly as it should have been.
My favorite line of the whole book has to be at the crux of the story. It's absolutely magic in what it does to your breath as you realize what is about to be said. I think that as he put his arms around [his wife] and told her that she was wrong, and that he did love her, there was already stirring within his mind, very faintly, and in an undefined form, the feeling that he might have to kill her.
After this, my second favorite line would definitely be the last. But I won't give it away. wink.gif
I saw that this was supposed to have been made into a movie (or will be soon). The story is definitely well-suited for the screen, but I'm not sure I would like it because of how it ends. Somehow, in a book, it works, but on screen...I think it might lose some of the charm of seeing the story unfold through Peter Harding's eyes.
I'd highly recommend the book to any fans of suspense however. It's well-written and superbly crafted....more