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End of Watch: A Novel

(Bill Hodges Trilogy #3)

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The fabulously suspenseful and "smashing" (The New York Times Book Review) final novel in the Bill Hodges trilogy from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers!

For nearly six years, in Room 217 of the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, Brady Hartsfield has been in a persistent vegetative state. A complete recovery seems unlikely
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Paperback, 496 pages
Published March 28th 2017 by Pocket Books (first published June 7th 2016)
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Regina YEAH! I EVEN PUT A PAPERCLIP AT THOSE PAGES! I LOVE BRADY SO MUCH, AND NOW, I'M PREPARED FOR HIS HORROR! WOOOOOHOOOO
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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
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Edward Lorn
Apr 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kemper
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
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Elyse Walters
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 a
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Carol
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

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Trudi

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
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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,
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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
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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
Nadia
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Matthew
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
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Zoeytron
Jun 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'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
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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
megs_bookrack
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am so in love with this series, I do not think there is any way for me to write an accurate review.



Huge crush on Bill Hodges and I'm not ashamed to admit it. He was real to me. 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. The plot of this, the final novel in the trilogy, was super interesting and bizarre. It built up to a satisfying conclusion. I will most likely reread the entire series again, star
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Justin
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Lyn
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Bradley
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Phrynne
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Matt
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 i
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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
Desirae
Absolutely excellent. The perfect ending to a great trilogy.


PRE-READING THOUGHTS:
The wait is killlliiiinnnnggggg me

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Bill
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star-reads
Yep. Giving this one 5 stars. Not just entirely for this one alone, but for the Bill Hodges Trilogy as a whole. What a great series. King is the king at character development and you can really “feel” it with this series of books. Each very good separately, they really shine as a whole. Damn, King is a great writer. I don’t give a shit about being technically proficient or using proper sentence structure and grammar. What I care about is the emotion. The characters. The story. King is a master s ...more
Kevin Kuhn
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Matt
“By the time Rob arrived in the [City Center] parking lot, the panic was abating. Some people were leaving at a walk; others were trying to help those who had been struck by the gray car; a few, the assholes present in every crowd, were snapping photos or making movies with their phones. Hoping to go viral on YouTube, Rob assumed. Chrome posts with yellow DO NOT CROSS tape trailing from them lay on the pavement…The police car that had passed them was parked close to the building, near a sleeping ...more
Char
Here we are at the end of this series and I'm sad to see these characters go. In MY book, they are the reason that Stephen King is THE king.

In this third entry, it's finally discovered what Brady has been up to the entire time he's been hospitalized. We find that Holly Gibney is even more GREAT than we, or SHE, ever thought she could be, and we find that Bill has a mysterious, but persistent pain in his stomach. Oh, and lastly-the paranormal component is here in spades. That's all I can say abo
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Paul E. Morph
One has to question the point of reviewing this one; if you've read the first two books in the trilogy, you're probably not going to stop now. If you haven't read the first two, you'd be better off going off to look for a review of the first book, Mr. Mercedes.

So, just to give my opinion, I bloody loved this book. It gripped me from the first chapter and didn't let go until the last page. It was exciting, scary, heartwarming, stomach-churning and devastating... sometimes all at once. It was ever
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Barbara
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-challenge

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

SPOILER ALERT

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 includes
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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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