Finders Keepers: A Novel

Stephen King
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 vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn’t published a book for decades. Morris Bellamy is livid, not just because Rothstein has stopped providing books, but because the nonconformist Jimmy Gold has sold out for a career in advertising. Morris kills Rothstein and empties his safe of cash, yes, but the real treasure is a trove of notebooks containing at least one more Gold novel. Morris hides the money and the notebooks, and then he is locked away for another crime. Decades later, a boy named Pete Saubers finds the treasure, and now it is Pete and his family that Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson must rescue from the ever-more deranged and vengeful Morris when he’s released from prison after thirty-five years. Not since Misery has King played with the notion of a reader whose obsession with a writer gets dangerous. Finders Keepers is spectacular, heart-pounding suspense, but it is also King writing about how literature shapes a life—for good, for bad, forever.

Reviews

Reviewed: 2018-07-29

I enjoyed everything about the book. The writing was tight as you’d expect from a King novel, details panned out, the characters were better than great because many of them were reappearing from the aforementioned novel so they felt like old friends right from the beginning. The new characters were just as well-developed: Peter Saubers, a young man who finds himself in the right place at the right time, which eventually becomes the wrong time. In a way, he reminds me of a young Jerome, gutsy, street smart, but still possesses enough innocence to feel real.

Peter’s father was injured in the Mr. Mercedes killings and because of that horrific ordeal, has fallen on hard times. He and his wife struggle to stay afloat, and to save their marriage as things become increasingly difficult, until magic money begins coming in. Each month another envelope of $500, totaling $20,000 plus or minus. The benefactor is none other than their 13-year-old son, Pete. When Pete first found the small fortune, he had no idea who it had once belonged to or where it had come from. But once he has mailed his parents the last of it and there is still a need for more, he begins making decisions that become costly.

Enter the trio from Mr. Mercedes, Bill Hodges, Jerome, and Holly. Still the same, but different. Jerome is now a Cambridge man, Holly, although still riddled with issues, has begun to come into her own and is as sharp as ever, holding down the fort at Hodges new business named, Finders Keepers.

With laser precision, King keeps you turning page after page while losing all track of time.

There was a single element of the story I was not a fan of, but this might just be me. I take no issue with a writer ending a book with a question mark, as he did in this novel. But this particular question mark has a different feel to it. Brady Hartsfield, the Mercedes Killer has been locked up since the tragedy. After coming out of the coma he wasn’t supposed to come out of, Hodges has been visiting him every week or two, always to the same sight. Brady is usually sitting in a chair at the window staring at a parking garage. Hodges talks, asks questions, but nothing. Even though Brady is as mute as a doorknob, Hodges always has the feeling there is life behind his dead eyes.

Rumors circulate around the hospital that “things” happen around Brady: pictures fall over by themselves, bathroom faucets turn on and off, again, by themselves. Hodges is there to experience one of these phenomenons when a framed photograph falls face down as he is leaving the room. Brady, who is still seated in his chair, doesn’t seem to notice. After Hodges last visit, once he’s gone, an eReader on Brady’s bedside table turns on and switches between three or four different screens before going dark.

That one brief scene left me feeling like King is setting himself up for a sequel of sorts. Maybe he is and maybe he wanted us to think that. Either way, that’s cool. What I didn’t like about it was that it had an other worldly feel to it, as in something more Sci-Fi, or paranormal. If you’re into that kind of read, I might be getting you all excited at the prospect. For me though, not so much. Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers were both realistic reads, meaning I could see myself there, I could see it happening, there was nothing far-fetched about it. If (and that’s a big if at this point), if he intends to stretch these characters into another book, I hope he will stick with the genre he created them in. Normally, I would say that I don’t see how it could work otherwise, but this is the Stephen King we’re talking about. Twisted genius.

Reviewed: 2016-07-19

 

Be sure to read Stephen King's previous novel, Mr. Mercedes, before reading Finders Keeper's. Finder's Keepers merged nicely with the previous book. The characters did not lose their personalities at all. I could almost feel a connection being made with the characters of both novels. I loved that most. Finders Keepers kept me wanting to read what was going to happen next. If I absolutely had to put the book down, I immediately picked it right back up to contain my excitement of finding out how this thriller/mystery was going to end up. This book was not a disappointment. Stephen King didn't let me down. 

Reviewed: 2016-01-16
?Wake up, genius.? So begins King?s instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, a Salinger-like icon who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn?t published a book for decades. Morris Bellamy is livid, not just because Rothstein has stopped providing books, but because the nonconformist Jimmy Gold has sold out for a career in advertising. Morris kills Rothstein and empties his safe of cash, yes, but the real treasure is a trove of notebooks containing at least one more Gold novel. Morris hides the money and the notebooks, and then he is locked away for another crime. Decades later, a boy named Pete Sauberg finds the treasure, and now it is Pete and his family that Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson must rescue from the ever-more deranged and vengeful Morris when he?s released from prison after thirty-five years. Not since Misery has King played with the notion of a reader whose obsession with a writer gets dangerous. Finders Keepers is spectacular, heart-pounding suspense, but it is also King writing about how literature shapes a life?for good, for bad, forever.
Reviewed: 2015-06-13

Finders Keepers is a great sequel to Mr. Mercedes and it has me dying for the final installment.

Morris Bellamy is obsessed with the writer of his favorite series Jimmy Gold by John Rothstein. Jimmy Gold is the face of teen angst, but in the final book he gets a job in marketing, this upsets Morris because his idol sold out. John Rothstein becomes a bit of a recluse and stops publishing any new work, he continues to write short stories and even more Jimmy Gold books over the years, but its for his eyes only and they are to be burned when he dies. Morris isn’t having that and brings 2 accomplices to rob John, he kills John and his two accomplices, he has the notebooks and a nice stack of cash. Morris goes to his friend Andy Halliday to tell him he has the notebooks, but Andy is freaked out because the news broke John Rothstein was murdered and tell Morris to keep him out of it and the cops will find out about him in a matter of time. Morris is outraged by this, he hides the notebooks in a field behind his house in a trunk and goes out drinking, he commits another crime and is punished for it, he gets life in prison without having a chance to read the notebooks in 1978.

In present time, Pete Saunders is a child of one of the Mr. Mercedes victims and his family is going through a hard time, his dad can’t work, his mom had to take a job with less pay and less hours and it is causing tension between his parents. Pete finds the trunk with the money and notebooks in the field that is behind the house he lives in, Morris’ old house. He sends the money to his parents anomalously over the next few years and he reads the notebooks and becomes a fan of the Jimmy Gold series. When the money runs out and the family financials are still too tight and his sister wants to go to private school, he finds out how to go about selling one of the stolen notebooks, he finds Andy Halliday, who is more than willing to take them and knows that Pete is shafting him, Morris said there were more than what is being presented to him.

Little do they know, Morris is out on parole and when he goes to find the notebooks he’s been dreaming about all this time in prison, he discovers they are missing. The only person who knew about them was his buddy Andy and that is the first person he goes to see about his missing notebooks.Tina, Pete’s sister, senses something is going on with Pete and knows he’s the one who gave the money. She gets in contact with Bill Hodge to find out what is troubling her brother.

The story is great, it didn’t go in the direction that I kept expecting and I’m glad it didn’t, the plot was more interesting the way it was written. I would of liked more of the story to involve Bill, since this is his series after all, but when he is finally introduced into the plot it works. Mr. Mercedes even makes an appearance throughout the second half of the book and sets up what the third and final book will focus on. The characters of Morris and Pete were well written with good background given, more so with Pete. As a reader you can relate to their love of a series and a particular author, just one of them takes it way too far. I am worried that Finders Keepers will be the weak link in the series, a filler even, I hope there will be a connection with the characters in this story and the final book.

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