Well, the story part of the book is done. So don’t read further if you are against spoilers and all that jazz. I’m going to be spoilering the heck right out of the ballpark.
READ AT YOUR OWN RISK.
King sucked me right back in with this last 20%. I was right back to caring about the characters like they were real people again. Thankfully King didn’t gut me. The suspense of whether Brady would commit the mass murder or not was kept taut right up until it is decided. I felt like I was on the edge of my seat right up until that moment. Then I was able to relax.
Things wrap up pretty happily. Jerome seems to be ok, Holly [Janey’s nutcase cousin] is on the road to being a semi-normal, take care of herself kind of person and Hodges can sit back and do some sidework to keep him active. Brady ends up in a hospital with his head bashed in and in a coma. But of course, he wakes up right at the end of the book. Not sure if King is going to re-use him as a villain in the next Hodges book or if it is one of those throw away “will they/won’t” they kind of things. Either way, Brady should have died.
Brady also waxes philosophical on what death means and gives a decent description of oblivion and nihilism. My only thought during this was “Boy, is he going to be surprised when he wakes up and faces judgement before God”. Couldn’t tell if that is King’s personal belief or just one he inculcated into Brady to make him a real character.
No supernatural. Not one tiny bit. That was the biggest disappointment for me.
I still have to read the Afterwards by King and hope to do a proper review this coming weekend. Don’t be surprised though if I just recycle bits from these updates. They really sum up how this book worked, or not, for me.