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Finders Keepers

(Bill Hodges Trilogy #2)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  118,705 ratings  ·  9,987 reviews
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A masterful, intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes far too far—a book about the power of storytelling, starring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes King introduced in Mr. Mercedes

“Wake up, genius.” So begins King’s instantly riveting story about a ve
ebook, 448 pages
Published June 2nd 2015 by Scribner
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Liz Craig Why................................................ wouldn't you want too?!…moreWhy................................................ wouldn't you want too?!(less)
Rick Urban So all those composers who wrote pieces whose titles begin with "Variations on a theme..." have just run out of ideas? Just because this story deals p…moreSo all those composers who wrote pieces whose titles begin with "Variations on a theme..." have just run out of ideas? Just because this story deals partially with the relationship between an author and a fan of dubious mental health doesn't mean that it is a retread of Misery. In fact, Misery deals with a battle of wills between the protagonist and antagonist of the story that lasts the entire novel, while a similar battle in Finders Keepers ends within the first 30 or so pages, and the novel deals with the long-term repercussions of that battle.(less)

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Edward Lorn
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Before we begin, I feel I need to state a few things. Over the course of the next few months you will see reviews from people who thought this book was "just okay". You will see reviews from people who are only reading it so that they will be able to hate-review it and they want a clean conscience, so they will finish it even though the experience will be on par with stomach swelling and labor pains when not pregnant. Then you will read fan reviews wherein this is touted as the mostest bestest t ...more
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Shit don't mean shit.

That's a "famous quote" by the author John Rothstein, who penned the Jimmy Gold books. Rothstein pretty much didn't give two craps about his fans whining about only three Gold books being released. Rothstein didn't give many craps at all about much of anything. Until he is awakened by Morris Bellamy and his gang of accomplices.

Morris was introduced to Jimmy Gold's character by a well-meaning teacher who told him.
You and Jimmy Gold will get along. He's a sarcastic, self-hat
The good news is that it isn’t as bad as Mr. Mercedes, and that there’s actually a halfway decent plot lurking in here. The bad news is that this makes it more clear than ever that Stephen King does horror a helluva lot better than he does crime thrillers.

The story starts out with an acclaimed author named John Rothstein who pulled a J.D. Salinger and hasn’t published anything in decades. Morris Bellamy is a huge fan of Rothstein’s most famous creation, a disaffected rebel without a cause named
Karin Slaughter
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It's Stephen King. Read it. ...more
Elyse  Walters
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing

It took me 2 years to return to this series. I was lukewarm about “Mr. Mercedes”.....not bad but not FANTASTIC.....
But....I kept wanting to return to this series after hearing little bits and pieces of ‘positive’ — STRONGER THAN POSITIVE — comments about book #2 and book #3.

I thought this was a TERRIFIC Stephen King ‘mystery’.....
not a die hard thriller - not paranormal- ( a little gore)- but mostly WONDERFUL CREATIVE STORYTELLING.....( totally interestin
John Connolly
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This review originally appeared in the Irish Independent, June 7, 2015:

On the surface, the mystery and horror genres have never entirely been on speaking terms with each other. Mystery's roots lie in rationalism, or the belief that reality is essentially logical, and truth intellectual: consider Sherlock Holmes using his powers of deduction to solve crimes, or Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot exercising his "little grey cells" to identify a murderer. Horror - along with supernatural fiction, it
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The Bill Hodges Trilogy has to be my favorite Stephen King series I’ve read so far because the villains in it are the most well-written villains in fiction I’ve seen. This villain in this book is Morris Bellamy, who is the male equivalent of Annie Wilkes from Misery. He’s also just as crazy and devoid of mercy as her. I can’t say this novel was anywhere near as intense as the first book, but it is still quite entertaining. I can’t wait to finish the last book!
Johann (jobis89)
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"For readers, one of life's most electrifying discoveries is that they are readers - not just capable of doing it, but in love with it. Hopelessly. Head over heels."

Petty criminal Morris Bellamy robs and murders acclaimed author John Rohnstein after feeling unsatisfied with the ending of his famous trilogy of books. Morris ends up going to jail on a rape charge, but years later Peter Saubers finds the trunk that Morris buried containing the stolen money and Rohnstein's unpublished works. A few y
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yeah!! Fantastic book!!! Ugh, and that cliffhanger???!! Yup, I'm obsessed. "Shit don't mean shit!" Lol. ...more
Jul 22, 2015 rated it liked it

Sigh. This almost got two stars. Almost. I mean, I liked it. There are things to like, but it's so far underachieving for King, so sub-par of his talent and storytelling capabilities that it made me cringe in parts and left me embarrassed for the guy. The last third of the book with Hodges and Holly and Jerome running around trying to solve a mystery like an after-school special mixed with an episode of Scooby-Doo was just paaainful. Nothing about any of that was worthy of King for me.

I know Mr
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Did anyone else notice the little smiley used as the dot after Mr. on the front of the book? I have had this book for a couple of months and been reading on it for a few days and finally noticed it. I thought something spilled on my book and was trying to rub it off until I figured it out! Lol, I thought it was cool, the smiley, not thinking something spilled on my book!


I enjoyed this book with the new and old characters. I thought it was well written and all of the characters were nicely playe
One of my new favorite Stephen King books to date. I loved this book about writers. I feel like King always tells an excellent story when a writer in the the book (Shining, Misery, etc). I think Stephen King is getting better with age. This is mostly a suspense book I believe. There are some horror elements, but it's not most of the book.

This book also ties into the Mr. Mercedes Killing from the previous book and it's a nice tie-in. Being the middle book in the trilogy, Bill Hodges also goes to
Will M.
Here's my review of the first book: Mr. Mercedes

I wasn't expecting to be completely amazed by this. Yes, King is my favorite author, but I know his strong point is Horror, and not Crime. The most important thing that I learned after reading this latest novel of his was that Stephen King can write anything he fucking wants. While I was satisfied with Mr. Mercedes, it's a different game when it comes to Finders Keepers. FK exceeded my expectations. This is an amazing novel, add that to the list of
“For readers, one of life’s most electrifying discoveries is that they are readers – not just capable of doing it…but in love with it. Hopelessly. Head over heels. The first book that does that is never forgotten, and each page seems to bring a fresh revelation, one that burns and exalts: Yes! That’s how it is! Yes! I saw that, too! And, of course, That’s what I think! That’s what I FEEL!
- Stephen King, Finders Keepers

This is a novel that celebrates great literature. No, not just great, but tra
The Hook - No daily walk would be complete without an audio book to listen to. Finders Keepers and its fine narration by Will Patton. Patton differentiates between characters, young, old, male or female with out missing a beat.

The Line - ”You know what kid? It’s guys like you who give reading a bad name.”

The Sinker - The first line of a review is often much like the first line of a book. What one has to say sets the tone and the promise. I don’t know where to begin but I know I want your atten
Oct 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started typing out a review of the book, and I might get back to doing that, but not yet. First, a few things that annoyed me with this book followed by stuff I really enjoyed.

1. What's up with old man Hodges always hanging around people that could be his grandchildren? His story at the beginning of Mr. Mercedes was so pitiful, but now he's like the cool old guy that the kids hang out with because he buys them beer. I still have issues with his friendship with Jerome. And Holly is a really an
Jonathan Janz
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have I mentioned how much I'd love to meet Stephen King? See, he changed my life. Without him, I wouldn't be a reader, a writer, or an English/Creative Writing teacher. And he also rescued my self-esteem when I was fourteen years old and convinced me I wasn't an idiot.

So, yeah, he's sort of special to me. But since this is a book review, here are the the things I'm noticing about King lately (and keep in mind that his older books--'SALEM'S LOT, THE DEAD ZONE, and THE STAND, to name just a few--
James Thane
With the second novel in the Bill Hodges trilogy, Stephen King returns to an exploration of the sometimes obsessive ties that bind authors and readers together, a topic that he explored so chillingly nearly thirty years earlier in Misery.

In this case a writer named John Rothstein has retired to the seclusion of an isolated home in the country after creating a fabulous character named Jimmy Gold who appealed particularly to large numbers of young men who were trying to find their way in the worl
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Crime thriller lovers and King fans who are open to a little change
Shelves: own, 2nd-in-series
Seems like its been awhile since I read this book, but since I just updated the other two in the series, I thought I needed to add my thoughts on this one. *****I feel a need to add (after reading some reviews), that although King often uses writers, I agree with Rick Urban who said 'they are variations on a theme' composers do. And that is a perfect picture of King through the years--a gigantic composer, creating his own universe--and as far as this being a "redone Misery, I feel that perh ...more
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Back in the 90s I was in the Coast Guard and we made a big drug bust out at sea, a TON of cocaine. 2,000 pounds. While the stash was aboard we took pictures of the stack of bails, posed with it, etc. We joked about grabbing some and selling it. What a joke that was. How could a bunch of Coast Guard guys, most of us only a few years removed from suburban schools and boot camp, move any of that product? So what if it was worth millions, there would be no feasible way to even try.

A character in Ste
Andrew Smith
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a relatively new convert to the story telling skills of SK. But I'm a long standing reader of crime fiction, so Stephen King’s foray into this genre with Mr Mercedes was a welcome surprise. And I loved it.

This is the second book (a trilogy is promised) featuring retired detective Bill Hodges, though until his appearance half way through the story you’d be hard pressed to believe it. There are, however, enough elements carried over from the previous book to provide continuity – it’s always cl
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I seem to be enjoying King's mystery books much more than horror. Although not as good as Mr. Mercedes, this book was very fun to read. I liked the new set of characters and the overall mystery (especially seeing events unfold from both sides). I think things were depending on coincidence too much in this book. While the climax took place on a single day, the few days leading to the said day stretched out a bit too much. Other than that, I have no complaints.

I'm glad I ended up buying these boo
Lindsey Rey
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, 2016
[4.5 Stars]
I loved this even more than the first. Completely engrossing!
FINDERS KEEPERS is the second book in the Stephen King MR. MERCEDES trilogy that begins with a trip back to 1978 and a terrifying home invasion by whacko killer Morris Bellamy, then fast forwards to 2010 with a story of buried treasure and a family in need, eventually leading back to retired Police Detective Hodges (and cohorts) and a connection to MM.

But, where is Brady Hartsfield, the perpetrator of the City Center massacre that started this whole nightmare??? Remember what happened to him at

Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-shelf, horror
If anything, the second book in the Bill Hodges Trilogy is better, but not because Bill doesn't show up until much later in the tale. Indeed, I loved it because the characters were extremely vivid and interesting and more than practically any other King novel, I felt the avalanche of events pile up beautifully.

It's like Misery in that we've got obsessions gone really awry, but it goes a bit further, not limiting us to a closed bedroom, but over thirty-five years, several kinds of obsessed fans,
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddy-read, 2020
Finders Keepers was a good second book in a trilogy!

I thought the plot of the book was well done along with the ending.
Bill Hodges, Jerome and Holly don't even show up until half the book has been established. I thought this was an interesting way of writing a book and I don't think it took from the overall rating and satisfying ending.

Finders Keepers is a book about BOOKS! and being obsessed with a writer. It has a bit of a Misery feel to it due to the topic, but it was still enjoyable in it's
Edgarr Alien Pooh
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
The second of the trilogy begins the usual Stephen King trick of intertwining books. The son of a man injured in Mr Mercedes is now central to the plot. A crime committed long ago and he has nothing to do with it. Yet in the eyes of others all evidence points to him. Yet again King turns to his own art as he uses an author as the central story.
Susanne  Strong
Trouble with a capital T!

Pete Saubers gets himself in a world of trouble upon finding a trunk full of cash and some old notebooks, near the stream in the back of his house. Ever since Pete’s dad got hurt years ago, courtesy of the Mercedes’ killer, their family has fallen on hard times and Pete instantly knows this cash will help them out.

Little does Pete know the cash belongs to felon Morris Bellamy, incarcerated for several decades for sexual assault. As if that’s all Morris is guilty of. Befo
Jun 18, 2015 rated it liked it
...the consequences for you will be unpleasant in the extreme.

Words to the wise from Morris Bellamy. He is not a handsome man. Indeed, with his poofy red hair, pale skin, and absurdly red lips he sounds positively clownish. There is nothing funny about his slavish devotion to the first two books in renowned author John Rothstein's Jimmy Gold trilogy, nor his seething resentment of what the author did to his beloved Jimmy Gold in the third book. He didn't kill him off, he made his renegade hero i
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those reviews that you want to fill with quotes from the book although I'm not sure it would be Amazon review friendly? But then again, shit don't mean shit and I'm not looking to be anyone's birthday fuck.

Book two in a trilogy is always a risky business, I loved Mr Mercedes, I went into Finders Keepers a little hesitant.

But its Stephen King, let down he doesn't do.

I feel nostalgic having read this book, I'm nostalgic for The Famous Five, The Secret Seven, Roald Dahl. All those
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Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, M ...more

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