Mr. Mercedes - Stephen King

The truth is darkness, and the only thing that matters is making a statement before one enters it. Cutting the skin of the world and leaving a scar. That's all history is, after all: scar tissue.

-Brady Hartsfield


Interesting thought, even if he is a psychopath. I loved Hodges, Janey and Jerome; even neurotic Holly grew on me. I was intrigued by Brady. That's what I love about King's characters-- everyone has a story to tell. Even the random neighbor who only gets two pages of fame I feel like I know. I  do wish the reader got more insight as to what Hodges relationship was like with his wife and daughter and why they separated. 


There were a few parts when reading this novel where I found myself thinking, "hmm, what are the chances of all of those things really happening?" A culmination of unlikely events, which made a couple of situations less realistic to me. 


Lastly, I think this novel could have ended a little better. It was just a bit anticlimactic to me-- I would have liked Hodges to reflect on Janey a bit more, or some insight into how his life changed after this adventure. Did he go back to his nights on the couch watching the boob tube, or does he have a new appreciation for his life?


All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone interested in crime fiction.