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End of Watch

(Bill Hodges Trilogy #3)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  96,015 ratings  ·  8,505 reviews
The spectacular finale to the New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with Mr. Mercedes (winner of the Edgar Award) and Finders Keepers—In End of Watch, the diabolical “Mercedes Killer” drives his enemies to suicide, and if Bill Hodges and Holly Gibney don’t figure out a way to stop him, they’ll be victims themselves.

In Room 217 of the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain In
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published June 7th 2016 by Scribner
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
Is it possible that reading the final book of a series made me love the whole series even more? Yep. I gave the first book Mr. Mercedes four stars. I liked that book. Brady was the perfect evil character against Hodges good guy. Then we had Finders Keepers, which I 3 starred. I liked it but it just wasn't going on my favorites list. Now we have this grand finale. End of Watch.

You are getting all five stars.

Former Detective Hodges in now partners with Holly in a firm called "Finders Keepers"..the
Edward Lorn
Apr 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone, but they must read Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers first
Now that I've stopped weeping like child at a funeral, I believe I can review this one as well as speculate on the future of Stephen King's career. Let's do this.

To the surprise of some, I was a huge fan of Mr. Mercedes. The book was fresh, a nice change of direction, and it showed King's love for the craft. Trying something so different so late in life must have been scary fun. Finders Keepers was pretty good, too, but I thought it occasionally missed the mark. With End of Watch, I feel the ser
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am so in love with the Bill Hodges Trilogy. Truly an all-time favorite series for me.

My whole heart swells just thinking about it. I have a huge crush on Bill Hodges and I'm not ashamed to admit it.

He was real to me and I was in love. I felt what he felt. I wanted him to succeed. I was on his side the whole way through.

I also really enjoyed Holly. She added a lot for me, even though I know overall she can be a bit of a divisive character.

The plot of this, the final novel in the trilogy, was
If I look at it as the glass being half-full then this is the best of the books King has done with the Bill Hodges character. On the other hand it’s still pretty much a shoulder shrug of a three star read which tells you how little I thought of this trilogy so I’m pretty sure that cup is half-empty after all.

Uncle Stevie tried his hand at doing a straight up crime thriller with Mr. Mercedes, but I found it to be a painful slog of poor plotting, uneven pacing, and a main character who came across
Elyse  Walters
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
From bed on my iPhone at 3:30am ....
It’s OVER .... and I’m a little sad!!! I’m going to miss Bill Hodges - and Holly - and Jerome...and Pete... even pretty gray eyes, Izzy.
“FINDING KEEPERS” was my VERY FAVORITE......the STRONGEST 5 stars - ( for me) ...
But this last one had an interesting ZAPPING-game mystery plot - with a very heartfelt underline love shadow following every page. Business is as usual with THE KING.... and NOT ALWAYS!!

Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers ‘could’ possibly be read
END. OF. WATCH. is unfortunately the end of the Bill Hodges trilogy. I will miss Detective Kermit William Hodges, (his personal story) and his computer-wiz brainy partner Holly Gibney, but not what's in Room 217 of the Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic at Kiner Memorial.

BOOK 3 begins with a flashback of the horrendous Mercedes rundown of innocents standing in line at a job fair (no spoiler here) and flows right into retired Detective Hodges obsession with the creepy evil maniac, Brady Wilson Hartsfi


I'm going to try and make this review as quick and painless as possible -- if you liked this book you're not going to want to hear me bellyache about it, and if you didn't like this book, you already feel you've wasted enough of your precious reading time on this series and are just ready to move the fuck on (and hope King is too).

Things started out sort of optimistic for me with Mr. Mercedes -- I didn't hate it; in fact, some parts of it I really enjoyed. Even so, for me it was missing somethi
Johann (jobis89)
"Because things can get better, and if you give them a chance, they usually do."

Retired Detective Bill Hodges and his sidekick Holly find themselves investigating a recent spree of suicides. But all of the dead are connected by a common thread: each of them had been in previous contact with Brady Hartsfield, the notorious Mercedes Killer.

Reviewing this book brings up an internal debate about how one should rate a book using the standard star system. If a book is given a 5 star rating by myself,
Bill Hodges book No. 3: Bill Hodges is getting on, and he has been having pains and not sleeping, he knows his time is coming, the end of his watch. Holly is still working for Finders Keepers, but now as a full partner. Jerome is helping build houses with a charity in Arizona. Meanwhile one of the survivors of Mr Mercedes original rampage commits suicide, and then a few days later another one commits suicide!

Last time we we saw Mr Mercedes he was a semi catatonic Zombie right? Surely this is not
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

Well, we have come to the end of the road, or the "End of Watch." I enjoyed this trilogy and love all of the books but I loved different books in the trilogy for different reasons. The first because - HELLO - some maniac has done went whack a do and ran over a bunch of people in a Mercedes. The second book I liked because of the connections to people in the first book. And we come to the last book . . . I actually thought is was sad at the end, but for once -->I DID NOT CRY! Anyway, I thought it
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Not my favorite of the series, but a good finish to a series I enjoyed a lot.

This book is more of a sequel to Mr. Mercedes than the 3rd book in series. I think you could skip Finders Keepers and not miss a thing. But, I don't recommend that as the second book of the series was my favorite!

I like Holly and Bill - they were a great team, and not conventional in any way. In the last two books Jerome felt forced in when he was there. Brady was a good, despicable bad guy. Love to hate him, am I right
Andrew Smith
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s only recently that I've come to fully appreciate the writing ability of Stephen King. I used to think that all he wrote was paranormal nonsense and horror stories. Not my thing, not my thing at all. I steadfastly avoided him. But then I was persuaded by a friend to give him a try; that King had much more rounded abilities. I did, and I was quickly converted. I've now changed my opinion him completely and can see that he's a truly gifted story teller. So when I heard he’d written a crime fic ...more
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. My favorite of the trilogy! It was exactly what I was hoping for. A blend of the horror I love from SK and the suspense/crime continuing from the first 2 books. Fast-paced, great characters, and just overall well done. The perfect intro to my summer reading!

Pre-reading Review:
Don't know when it will be released yet. June 7th, 2016. Don't care. Give it to me now!

Update: after finishing Finders Keepers, I'm even more excited for this! The ending with Brady leaves me wondering... Wonder
Jun 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
'Payback is a bitch, and the bitch is back.'

Brady Hartsfield isn't hurting anybody these days. And Dr. Felix Babineau doesn't bite. Truths? Believe what you will. Thought fish, eye-traps, seeds of suggestion, telekinesis, the big payback. Where do they come from and how do they fit in here?

Brady, the Mercedes killer, is safely ensconced in a center for those with Traumatic Brain Injury. Five years have passed since he pulled his murderous shenanigans in Mr. Mercedes. Ready to find out just what
Will M.
What I'm feeling right now after reading the last book of the trilogy is a sheer amount of disappointment. This third book had a monstrous amount of expectations for me because first of all, Stephen King is my favorite author of all time. Second reason is that I gave the first two books a 5-star rating. I completely enjoyed the first two books of this trilogy and it didn't take me more than 5 days to finish them. I bought these books the moment they were being sold and read them right away. The ...more
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
Yeah, yeah, yeah when I started this book I really felt like it was going to be my favorite of the trilogy (which I still argue isn't the right term... this is a sequel of Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers didn't need Bill Hodges forced on it... in fact that book is barely referenced here... but I digress.....) because Stephen King went back to full Stephen King mode, and I was having fun with the whole thing, but gee golly sunshine if he didn't just double down on one of the dumbest, laziest, ch ...more
Jul 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Brady Hartsfield, dubbed “the suicide prince” by Hodges, is back and he’s hungry for revenge. Since having his plans at the Mingo Auditorium thwarted Brady has become even more bitter and angry at Hodges for exposing him. Now, he’s ready for revenge and he wants to increase his body count to possibly thousands. Out of all the villains Stephen King has created Brady Hartsfield has to be my favorite. I do hope he is mentioned in his other novels.

I can’t wait to see Holly Gibney again in The Outsid
Susanne  Strong
Brilliant, Terrifying and to quote Holly Gibney: “Frakking Poopy.”

End of Watch. Yes, I’m afraid it is. It’s over. Huge Sigh. To think it took me years to get through this series. If only I’d listened to the audiobooks sooner (thank you to the phenomenal Will Patton for the listening experience!)

Detective Kermit Bill Hodges. I adore you. It is that simple. Kind, caring, hardworking, determined. Your friendship with Holly Gibney was pure kismet.

So here we are, with ‘Zappits’ wreaking havoc all ov
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
And so ends Stephen King’s inventive and enjoyable modern mystery tour – the Bill Hodges trilogy.

Beginning with Mr. Mercedes, about a psychopathic asshole named Brady Hartsfield who drives into a crowd of job seekers at a civic event, and detouring into a literary collectors’ nightmare in Finders Keepers, and then delivering the coup de grace with this excellent return visit with Brady who has kicked his evil into overdrive.

Reminiscent of Messiah, Gore Vidal’s 1954 love letter to suicide, King b
Kevin Kuhn
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this trilogy and I loved “End of Watch”. I started out slow with this book, taking little sips, I think because I was sad to finish the final book. But at some point, I couldn’t stop. I finally had some free time and I binged the second half like a bag of popcorn at the movies. Great big mouthfuls, one after another. It was refreshing to see Mr. King meander outside of the supernatural in Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers. I think they both demonstrated his ability to horrify and thrill ...more
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-german
Boy, I am so glad I enjoyed this book more than the previous installment in the series! Finders Keepers felt like a bit of a dud and unnecessary addition in the series, but in this one I finally recognized the characters I loved so much in Mr. Mercedes again.
I criticized the lack of Hodges in the previous book, so I'm incredibly happy he and the other main characters of the series played a bigger role again. This is how it should be!

The story itself was suspenseful and just very interesting?! L
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
I dithered backwards and forwards over five stars or four but then decided that although I enjoyed it enormously it did not have that wow factor that makes it a five. So I am now in the very unusual situation where the middle book of the trilogy was actually (to me) better than part one or part three!
Having said all that I did like the this book very much. It certainly tied up all loose ends and I loved the roles played by Hodges and Holly. King could have written a whole series based on the exp
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
As the Bill Hodges trilogy comes to an end, Stephen King fans lament the conclusion of something that has taken on a mind of its own, while being pleased with the calibre of the final novel. The reader gathers the shards of literary glass King left with the end of the previous book, as Bill Hodges is called to the scene of an apparent murder-suicide, a favour by his former partner. What brings Hodges and his partner, Holly Gibney, rushing to the house is that one of the two bodies belongs to tha ...more
James Thane
This is the concluding volume of Stephen King's trilogy featuring ex-cop and P.I., Bill Hodges. The cast of characters from the first two books has returned mostly intact, including Hodges; his partner, Holly Gibney, and Brady Hartsfield, the maniac whose crime spree set the trilogy in motion. For almost six years, Hartsfield has been hospitalized, apparently in a persistent vegetative state, but Hodges still suspects that Hartsfield might be faking his illness in an effort to avoid prosecution ...more
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well, it looks like SK has gone back to his roots in this one, and far from complaining, I had a great time.

Mind you, it wasn't the plot or the supernatural element that I loved, although the development and the execution were interesting, very Shocker-like.

Instead, I liked the characters. If you don't like the characters, you won't like these books. Bill, the Ret-Det, and Holly, his Lisbeth Salander partner make up the bulk of this one, making a full circle back to the first book and firmly ca
Jun 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, buddy-read
And I finished up the Bill Hodges series!
3.5 stars rounded up to 4 stars!

There's one major thing that I liked about each one of the books in this series.
The action and chase at the end of each book was page turning! I was flipping the pages and ignoring the clock as it ticked down to midnight! Each book has that type of reaction and it was a fun and binge worthy time.

In all three books, there's a common theme with Bill Hodges and his nemesis, Mr. Mercedes. I'm not going to go too much into the p
Cathrine ☯️
Mar 25, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
"She wipes her eyes almost angrily. 'This is just so fracking poopy'."
60% in and I am zappit-ing this one. I did read the final pages to learn the inevitable fate of Hodges.
Although I enjoyed the first two in the series, I'm turning off my e-reader with no reader rewards from this one. I'm just thankful it didn't hypnotize me into finishing. End of watch and reading. :-/
Anish Kohli
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Look at the fish. Tap the pink ones. Come on, Billy-boy, tap those pink fish!”

Make sure you get all the pinkies! That’s all the fun!

This was a BR with The one with great tats and The one with purple hair. Unfortunately, it went completely awry. Craig finished way too quickly and poor Orient was taken down by RL! Better luck next time, fellow Sladists? I hope so.

Mr. Mercedes was my initiation to the great master that is Stephen King. It was the first thing I ever read from him.
Yes, I read
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-challenge

This is the third book in Stephen King's "Bill Hodges Trilogy."


This review contains information about the first two books in the trilogy. So if you haven't read them yet you might want to stop reading now.

In the first book, Mr. Mercedes, a sociopath named Brady Hartsfield drives a Mercedes into a crowd, causing numerous deaths and injuries.

Retired detective Bill Hodges makes it his mission to nab the culprit and puts together a sort of ragtag team to do the job.

This includ
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bill Hodges, we've done over a thousand pages together and I've enjoyed every sentence with you.

Bill, Jerome, Holly. Characters that will stay with me, fully formed, believable. Characters i can get behind, not perfect, but battered, worn and then bashed about in true Stephen King style, the more they bruise the more you root.

Really enjoyed this book, and fab to see the SK trait of the unexplainable make an appearance.

I feel End of Watch has given me the closure I'm going to need to get throug
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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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