Review: End of Watch (Bill Hodges Trilogy #3) by Stephen King

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End of Watch is a satisfying conclusion to the Bill Hodges trilogy.  In some respects this series is a departure but in others it is classic King.

Of course, this story focuses on Bill Hodges and his now business partner, Holly, as they continue to fight Brady Hartsfield who has gained new mind-control talents. His obsession with suicide culminates with an attempt to kill many teenagers and young adults through hypnotic suggestion.

When I read established authors, it’s hard not to judge them against themselves.  While I enjoyed End of Watch (and the series as a whole), it’s not on par with King’s strongest works.  The truth is that there are passages that drag a little.  However, overall, King does a wonderful job of balancing the action and character development.  Bill Hodges will become one of his classic creations, I am sure.  He is an imperfect man who you cannot help but pull for.  And, the ending is just right.

4/5 stars.

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