Book Review: End of Watch by Stephen King

Name: End of Watch
Stephen King
Number of Pages:
354 (Hardback)
7th June 2016 by Hodder & Stoughton
Genre: Mystery, Crime, Supernatural, Thriller


Retired Detective Bill Hodges now runs a two-person firm called Finders Keepers with his partner Holly Gibney. They met in the wake of the ‘Mercedes Massacre’ when a queue of people was run down by the diabolical killer Brady Hartsfield.
Brady is now confined to Room 217 of the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, in an unresponsive state. But all is not what it seems: the evidence suggests that Brady is somehow awake, and in possession of deadly new powers that allow him to wreak unimaginable havoc without ever leaving his hospital room.
When Bill and Holly are called to a suicide scene with ties to the Mercedes Massacre, they find themselves pulled into their most dangerous case yet, one that will put their lives at risk, as well as those of Bill’s heroic young friend Jerome Robinson and his teenage sister, Barbara. Brady Hartsfield is back, and planning revenge not just on Hodges and his friends, but on an entire city.
The clock is ticking in unexpected ways …     – from Goodreads

My Rating:


My Thoughts:

I’m going to do my best to write this review without spoilers, but as End of Watch is the final book of a trilogy I’ll probably end up mentioning events from the previous books, so beware of potential minor spoilers for the previous books in this series.  On to End of Watch…

And so comes the end of the Bill Hodges trilogy, and what an end it is; it left tears in my eyes.
I enjoyed Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers but they didn’t seem to have that extra bit of something. All that changed for me with End of Watch. It was my favourite of the three books, and even left me wanting to go back and read the whole trilogy again.

Bill Hodges and his nemesis Brady Hartsfield were always heading towards another encounter, plainly apparent at the end of Finders Keepers. I won’t spoil that book, but those last few pages left me eager for the release of End of Watch, because I imagined King would be going back to supernatural territory, and I always love that in his books. Sure enough, he does, and the result makes for a real page-turner, blending thriller and crime with the supernatural.

Brady resides in a brain injury ward, outwardly making little progress after being hit round the head to prevent him realising his plan to kill a stadium full of people at the end of Mr Mercedes. Bill Hodges has never quite given up the idea that Brady is faking his apparent mostly unresponsive state, and when there is a murder-suicide which links back to the Mercedes case, he believes Brady is somehow behind it, as impossible as that seems.

Bill and Holly investigate, and Jerome makes a welcome return to help after his own sister becomes involved (no, I won’t give anything away, don’t worry). I like the trio, but I especially like the dynamic between Holly and Bill. They work really well together, and make a great team, going to great lengths to ensure each other’s safety.

And Brady, he’s a great villain, causing chaos and mayhem even from the confines of his hospital bed where he’s apparently in a comatose state. The way he manages to set all his schemes in motion is sinister, as is his overall aim, which goes way beyond a stadium full of people this time. Brady Hartsfield has big plans, and an effective way to ensure they come to pass.

The final showdown was nicely done, and a fitting conclusion for a certain character. It’s so hard to talk about this without giving any spoilers!!

I read this book over the space of a few short days.  It was so good I just kept promising myself one more page, one more chapter, and before I knew it it was over.
I can’t wait to see what Stephen King writes next.

Booking Ahead: October 2016

Booking Ahead is a new feature here on Pages and Tea where I glance through my never-ending TBR list/pile and select a few potential reads for the coming month. If I’m not reading books I love talking about books I’d like to read, so this post is a perfect excuse to do just that.

The beginning of a new month can only mean one thing… It’s time to talk about the books I hope to read during October.

The Fireman by Joe Hill – This is the book I’m bringing into October with me. I have around 150 pages to go so I’ll definitely finish it soon.

Mount! by Jilly Cooper – This one was on my list for last month but as usual I never found the time to start it. Mount! Will be my first read once I’ve finished The Fireman. I love variety in my reading and these two novels are completely different.

Precious and Grace by Alexander McCall Smith – I’m off for a visit to the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency again. I really like that there are so many books in this gentle series, and that new instalments seem to be pretty regular.

What are you planning to read this month?
Have you read any of my choices and if so which would you recommend?

Monthly Summary: September 2016

It’s the end of the month again, so that must mean it’s time for the usual Monthly Summary. I have so little to report this month, I can’t believe how quiet the blog has been! Here’s what I posted…

Featured Posts

Booking Ahead

September 2016

Reading Resolutions

Reading Resolutions Introduction

September Progress

Flights of Fantasy Progress

Read-A-Thon Updates

R.I.P XI Sign Up Post


R.I.P XI Read-A-Thon September 1st – October 31st

Reading Resolutions Revisited: September 2016

Welcome back to another installment of my new Monthly Reading Resolutions updates. I decided I wouldn’t participate in many official challenges this year; instead I created some Reading Resolutions. This post is my attempt to keep track of how I’m getting on with reading and blogging.

Books I’ve Read

To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey

Total Library Books Read This Month: 1
Total Own Books Read This Month: 0
Overall Total Books Read This Month: 1

Total Library Books Read 2016: 19
Total Own Books Read 2016: 0
Overall Total Books Read 2016: 19

Flights of Fantasy

My total remains at 7 books.


I’ve read 19 books so far this year, and my target is 25 books. Am going to have to choose some shorter reads if I’m going to make my total for the year.


The R.I.P XI readathon is ongoing through September and October, so I’m taking part in that. Along with Bout of Books this is another of my favourites. I love the theme of it, and that it coincides with my favourite time of year too. There’s still time to join in if you haven’t already.

So concludes September’s Monthly Reading Resolutions update. Have you signed up for any challenges this year, or are you taking a more general approach to reading?
See you again next month!

R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril XI

The days are growing cooler and the nights are beginning the draw in, which can mean only one thing – Autumn is on its way! I love this time of year, so what better way to mark the changing seasons than by participating in a suitably eerie Readathon?

This event is hosted over at Stainless Steel Droppings and you can find complete details by clicking the link. The readathon runs from September 1st to October 31st.  (Banner created by Abigail Larson).

During this readathon the aim is to read books with any of the following themes:

Dark Fantasy

There are several levels of peril to aim for.  I’ve opted for the same choices I went for last year, as for some reason I seem drawn to MASSIVELY long books lately, so I doubt I’ll manage to read much more .  So, i’m hoping to do…


Simply halve the requirement of Peril the First. If you choose to take on this Peril, read two books of your choosing that you feel fit the various R.I.P. categories.


Scary stories don’t just come in book-shaped packages, they also exist in the television and film format. Why not embrace that peril as well? If you watch any particularly creepy, suspenseful, mysterious thrillers during R.I.P., be sure to share those with us as well.



Booking Ahead: September 2016

Booking Ahead is a new feature here on Pages and Tea where I glance through my never-ending TBR list/pile and select a few potential reads for the coming month. If I’m not reading books I love talking about books I’d like to read, so this post is a perfect excuse to do just that.

The beginning of a new month can only mean one thing.. It’s time to talk once again about the books I have my eye on and hope to read during the coming month.
I’m only setting my sights on two books this month, because both of my choices are pretty long and I STILL haven’t managed to start reading The Fireman yet – every time it makes it to the top of my TBR pile I get another email telling me that some other really popular book I requested from the library has arrived so I have to read that first.
This month’s choices include…

To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey – A historical novel following an expedition up the Wolverine River into Alaska. I saw this book in the store and had a quick look, it seems to be written in the form of documents and journal entries, which I usually really enjoy, so I thought I’d give it a try.

Mount! by Jilly Cooper – It must be years since I read anything by Jilly Cooper. I remember enjoying Riders, and apparently Rupert Campbell-Black makes an appearance in this story. This will be a real change from all my recent reading so I’m looking forward to getting my hands on it for that reason alone.

Hopefully I’ll find time to read more than two books. I might even finally get around to picking up The Fireman by Joe Hill.

What are you planning to read this month?
Have you read any of my choices and if so which would you recommend?

Monthly Summary: August 2016

And so ends another month of reading and blogging. I feel like I’ve had a really active month, mainly due to Bout of Books. I always enjoy this readathon, and the chance to make daily progress updates on my blog. I’ve also finished three books this month, which is an improvement on previous months.

Book Reviews

Finders Keepers by Stephen King

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

Featured Posts

Booking Ahead

August 2016

Reading Resolutions

Reading Resolutions Introduction

August Progress

Flights of Fantasy Progress

Read-A-Thon Updates

Bout of Books August 2016 Sign Up

Bout of Books August 2016 Progress

Bout of Books August 2016 Final Summary


Bout of Books Read-A-Thon August 22nd – August 28th