24 Following

Ryan DeJonghe - The Avid Reader

I didn't always read, but that changed in June of 2013. I dropped the unnecessary stuff and picked up the awesome stuff--like reading! I started posting my reviews on Amazon and within a few months rose to the top 0.1% of reviewers. My reviews then went to Goodreads, and now my blog (http://ryandejonghe.wordpress.com) and Twitter (@Ryan_Reads). If you are reading this, why not leave a comment or send me a note? I love talking to other folks about books and my reviews. Publishers and authors, feel free to drop me a note if you want me to review your book. I usually stick to mainstream publishing, but I'll consider anything. If I review your book, I’ll give you a fair and thorough review and let you know when the review goes live. You can reach me at dejonghes@gmail.com. Happy Reading!
Mr. Mercedes - Stephen King

MR. MERCEDES retains the classic King without any signs of paranormal or hauntings. This does what King does best: tells a dang good story.

I’m going to try giving you a good description of what to expect, without giving away any spoilers. As you can tell from the book’s summary, there are two main characters: the retired detective and the seemingly out-of-his mind killer. The thing is, this killer was the biggest unsolved case for the detective. The killer takes advantage of this and pesters the detective through anonymous letters and via a website. You can see some of this exchange by going to the website “Under Debbie’s Blue Umbrella” and put in “kermitfrog19” as your password.

On the detective side, we are witness to an older man finding his way in the world post-force. Daytime TV, love, and diets included. Some may say this is a bit boring; others will see the story element of this. Now the real reason to keep reading: the killer side. This dude is nuts. He’s the reason you’ll keep flipping the pages. There’s a bit of taboo there, but if you’ve read King, it ain’t anything new to you. Here’s one little hint of things to come (same as some of what the book’s description alludes to): is King twisted enough to blow up Harry Styles?

Many folks say King needs an editor. He has one. Some of the “lazy” phrases are classic King. When he slaps a ho-hum at the end of a paragraph, you can picture him sitting in his chair, typing out the story, making it his own. It adds to the page count, it hovers in non-action moments, but it has all of his signature. It’s authentic and it’s what his fans expect.

In the end, this isn’t King’s craziest or best. However, it is a well told story that’ll stick in your head after the pages close. It’s vivid and believable. This is definitely a summer read you’ll want to be a part of.

Thanks to Scribner for sending this book to me for review. King is what got me to put away some of my childish things and dig into reading. I’m a better person because of it. Thanks, Sai King.