Wednesday, March 4, 2015


This is my first book for the Take Control of Your TBR Pile Challenge hosted by

pic and description taken from Goodreads:


In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes.

In another part of town, months later, a retired cop named Bill Hodges is still haunted by the unsolved crime. When he gets a crazed letter from someone who self-identifies as the "perk" and threatens an even more diabolical attack, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing another tragedy.

Brady Hartfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. He loved the feel of death under the wheels of the Mercedes, and he wants that rush again.

Only Bill Hodges, with a couple of highly unlikely allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose, because Brady’s next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands.

Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable


I may be mocked in the book blogging world, but this is the first Stephen King book I have read. It got such great reviews I decided to try him. I wanted scary, and his movies have been so I assumed his book would be also.

I'm sad that this book didn't live up to my expectations.

Kings writing style is not my favorite. It took me too long to get "into" the book. The beginning was fantastic and I was like "What the Heck" and then it just fizzled :(.

I didn't really get into the book until half way through. I don't usually give a book that long, but the beginning grabbed me so I kept reading.

The story was interesting enough I guess. I just didn't get from this book what I wanted. King is suppose to be scary. This was not scary to me at all. A bit gross at times but only because of the creepy relationship between the psycho and his mother. Ewe!

Other than that it was just okay for me. I really wanted to love it, but just never connected to this book. The detective was a boring character. The killer was one messed up dude, but was boring as well. He didn't seem to have much to him.

I'm glad others enjoyed it, and I am glad I finally read a Stephen King book, but I probably won't be reading another.  Like I said it was interesting enough I finished, jut wasn't a great book for me.


Stephen King

Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, Maine, for good. Her parents, Guy and Nellie Pillsbury, had become incapacitated with old age, and Ruth King was persuaded by her sisters to take over the physical care of them. Other family members provided a small house in Durham and financial support. After Stephen's grandparents passed away, Mrs. King found work in the kitchens of Pineland, a nearby residential facility for the mentally challenged.

Stephen attended the grammar school in Durham and Lisbon Falls High School, graduating in 1966. From his sophomore year at the University of Maine at Orono, he wrote a weekly column for the school newspaper, THE MAINE CAMPUS. He was also active in student politics, serving as a member of the Student Senate. He came to support the anti-war movement on the Orono campus, arriving at his stance from a conservative view that the war in Vietnam was unconstitutional. He graduated in 1970, with a B.A. in English and qualified to teach on the high school level. A draft board examination immediately post-graduation found him 4-F on grounds of high blood pressure, limited vision, flat feet, and punctured eardrums.

He met Tabitha Spruce in the stacks of the Fogler Library at the University, where they both worked as students; they married in January of 1971. As Stephen was unable to find placement as a teacher immediately, the Kings lived on his earnings as a laborer at an industrial laundry, and her student loan and savings, with an occasional boost from a short story sale to men's magazines.

Stephen made his first professional short story sale ("The Glass Floor") to Startling Mystery Stories in 1967. Throughout the early years of his marriage, he continued to sell stories to men's magazines. Many were gathered into the Night Shift collection or appeared in other anthologies.

In the fall of 1971, Stephen began teaching English at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels.


  1. Bummer that your first read was a stinker but yay for getting your first book read and reviewed for the challenge!

    1. Late response, but I was kind of bummed it wasn't better also.