I’ve had Finders Keepers in my to-be-read pile for quite a while. I picked it up Finders Keepers and started reading because whilst looking through Goodreads a few weeks ago, a great author Jonathan Janz (really, check some of his books out, they’re great) created a post extolling the virtues of Stephen King. If you want to read this post you can find it on his blog here. Anyway, this post really spoke to me. It reminded me just how much I love the works of Stephen King and how after a lengthy love affair spanning decades he is still my favourite author, something that I can wax lyrical about all day. I’ve had a wonderful relationship with his writing from a young age. Growing up in a with a family who loved books, there was never any censorship on books, and as a result of this King became the author whose work I fell head over heels with. Decades later it shows no sign of waning.
I think much of it is because I so greatly admire Stephen King’s style of writing. The way it flows but manages to pick up so much detail along the way. That’s not to forget the amazing imagination that he has, that’s allowed him to create such masterpieces over the decades.
That being said, with such a vast catalogue there are books I love more, and of course, love less. This brings me nicely around to my review of Finders Keepers. The plot for Finders Keepers is clever, a nod to the power that books and subsequently their authors can have over readers. To the point that crimes are committed due to the love and hate of books, combined with an unhinged mind.
How do I like Finders Keepers?
The trouble is, dare I say it? There were large parts where boredom crowded over me, and worse still- I just wanted to get to the end. I couldn’t savour the writing or story. Part of me just wonders if it is because I prefer my King with a side order of the supernatural. I will ponder on that some more. The book is the 2nd install enemy of the Bill Hodges trilogy, so I knew going into this story that it would predominantly be a crime/thriller novel. It’s not that I don’t enjoy the crime/thriller genre, I do – greatly! But for some reason this book didn’t have spark I expect from Stephen King. Please don’t be under the impression that this is a bad book, it’s really not. It’s just missing that little je ne sais quoi I normally find in Stephen King novels. 3 stars
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