• ★★★★-4

Review: Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King (Spoiler-Free)

If you are a fan of Criminal Minds like I am, you will almost definitely be a fan of this book.

This is one of the only thrillers that I've read to have such a sense ofurgency throughout the whole thing. Because it is written in chapters from both the perspective of the criminal, and the perspective of the detective, I was constantly overwhelmed with a sense of dread when I knew things that one of the characters didn't. These moments practically had me screaming at the book because I could see everything going wrong before it did. So yes, this thriller was definitely thrilling. Now, as a side note, the one thing that really bothered me about this book is really stupid, but it still bothers me to no end. There is an emoji used by the Mercedes Killer and it is described multiple times throughout the book. It is described as having sunglasses and bared teeth. Now, I know that Stephen King most likely had no say in the cover or marketing of this book, but tell me, DOES THIS EMOJI HAVE SUNGLASSES???

THE ANSWER IS NO, IT DOES NOT Anyway... I loved two characters a lot from this book, which is not common for me when I read thrillers. I loved Jerome and Holly a lot, even though they are more of side characters, and didn't love Hodges or Janey that much even though they were more of main characters. The last thing about this book that was crazy to me was that at some parts I sympathized with the crazy sicko. I don't know how Stephen King did it, but he actually made me feel bad for a psychopath and his mom... All in all, this was a really great start to the trilogy and I am excited to read the sequel!

Song I was reminded of while reading: Run Boy Run

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