Finders Keepers by Stephen King
A Novel

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34 Critic Reviews

Finders Keepers is a direct sequel to King’s 2014 novel Mr. Mercedes...But while the book packs in a few more characters than necessary, to the point where it starts to feel a bit like an Elmore Leonard novel, and comes across as more thoughtful and sprawling than lean and propulsive, it’s still well drawn and absorbing.
-AV Club

Synopsis

A masterful, intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes much too far—the #1 New York Times bestseller about the power of storytelling, starring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes Stephen King introduced in Mr. Mercedes.

“Wake up, genius.” So announces deranged fan Morris Bellamy to iconic author John Rothstein, who once created the famous character Jimmy Gold and hasn’t released anything since. Morris is livid, not just because his favorite writer has stopped publishing, but because Jimmy Gold ended up as a sellout. Morris kills his idol and empties his safe of cash, but the real haul is a collection of notebooks containing John Rothstein’s unpublished work...including at least one more Jimmy Gold novel. Morris hides everything away before being locked up for another horrific crime. But upon Morris’s release thirty-five years later, he’s about to discover that teenager Pete Saubers has already found the stolen treasure—and no one but former police detective Bill Hodges, along with his trusted associates Holly Gibney and Jerome Robinson, stands in the way of his vengeance....

Not since Misery has Stephen King played with the notion of a reader and murderous obsession, in this #1 acclaimed bestseller filled with “nail biting suspense that’s the hallmark of [his] best work” (Publishers Weekly).

“SUPERB . . . KING’S RESTLESS IMAGINATION IS A POWER THAT CANNOT BE CONTAINED.”
—The New York Times Book Review

“WONDERFUL, SCARY, MOVING.”
The Washington Post
 

About Stephen King

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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers Association. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. Joe Hill is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Heart-Shaped Box and Horns and writes an ongoing comic book series, Locke & Key. He makes lots of noise on Twitter under the handle @joe_hill.
 
Published June 2, 2015 by Scribner. 385 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime, Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Finders Keepers
All: 34 | Positive: 31 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Excellent
on Apr 02 2015

Reading a King novel as engrossing as this is a little like backing in a car with parking assist: after a while, you just take your hands off the wheel and the pages practically turn themselves.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Apr 17 2015

His relentless pursuit of a treasure that his twisted thinking has determined is rightfully his generates the nail-biting suspense that’s the hallmark of King’s best work. A sharp closing twist suggests Hodges will be back.

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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Janet Maslin on May 31 2015

While it doesn’t have the high drama of that opening installment or the fireworks that, most likely, will cap off the stories of these characters, it has greater depth and time for reflection...One of the pleasures of “Finders Keepers” is watching Mr. King’s ways of making pages turn.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by LAURA LIPPMAN on May 27 2015

If their final showdown is a high-stakes confrontation between good and evil — well, good grief, what did you expect? Pete is King’s ideal reader, a young man whose life is changed by the discovery of an important writer at a seminal time. If it is naïve or quaint to believe such discoveries are still made, then count me as naïve and quaint.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Alison Flood on Jun 16 2015

Horror and thrills aside, Finders Keepers is just as fascinating for its fresh take on a topic that perennially fascinates King: the relationship between a writer and their fans.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by James Smythe on May 28 2015

That’s the greatest joy of this book: watching as King still makes it all seem so effortless, and 55 novels in, manages to thrill with every page.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by Nancy Carty Lepri on Jun 02 2015

Retired police detective Bill Hodges, along with his associates return from King's prior novel Mr. Mercedes to add color and unending suspense...The king of horror again mesmerizes "Constant Reader" with a spine-tingling thriller with well-crafted characters and a compelling plot, never once letting down his audience.

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NPR

Above average
Reviewed by Bethanne Patrick on Jun 04 2015

Most important, perhaps, is the question of how we read other people. Most of the characters in this novel have their vision clouded one way or another, a mistake that can be costly. Stephen King sometimes writes complicated books about simple things...here he writes a simple book about complicated ideas.

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Book Reporter

Above average
Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on Jun 05 2015

You don’t need to have read MR. MERCEDES to appreciate the length, breadth and depth of what King has done here...Bellamy is a truly frightening antagonist, ordinary but deadly in his unpredictability and ruthlessness, and is a terrific foil for the young and inexperienced but determined Pete.

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AV Club

Good
Reviewed by Tasha Robinson on Jun 01 2015

Finders Keepers is a direct sequel to King’s 2014 novel Mr. Mercedes...But while the book packs in a few more characters than necessary, to the point where it starts to feel a bit like an Elmore Leonard novel, and comes across as more thoughtful and sprawling than lean and propulsive, it’s still well drawn and absorbing.

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The Independent

Good
Reviewed by Jame Kidd on Jun 25 2015

...Finders Keepers generates genuine suspense: the plot of the novel hinges neatly on the plot of a novel. And King's depiction of the Saubers struggling through hard times is genuinely poignant.

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Christian Science Monitor

Above average
Reviewed by Erik Spanberg on Jun 09 2015

Finders Keepers, King’s second entry in a projected trilogy of mystery novels, introduces Morris as a 23-year-old ne’er-do-well...A classic bogeyman cliffhanger ends “Finders Keepers,” all but guaranteeing a satisfying finale. But let us be patient and avoid being greedy. We don’t want to give reading a bad name, do we?

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The Maine Edge

Excellent
Reviewed by Allen Adams on Jun 02 2015

["Finders Keepers" is] the sort of book that isn’t put down until it’s done – or until it drops from your hands as your eyelids finally grow too heavy to continue...a thriller that looks at the love of literature – and the consequences of loving too much.

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BookPage

Above average
Reviewed by Trisha Ping on Jun 02 2015

King has long been interested in literary obsessions, and the divide between author and fan...Finders Keepers continues to explore these ideas and adds another dimension: Pete and Morris are both willing to do a lot to hold on to Rothstein’s works. At what point does the hero become the villain?

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Above average
Reviewed by Wayne Wise on Jun 03 2015

“Finders Keepers” is the second of Mr. King’s novels to feature retired policeman Bill Hodges, and his friends Holly Gibney and Jerome Robinson...Like “Mr. Mercedes,” this novel does not have the supernatural elements usually associated with Mr. King. It is set in the very real world. But seeds are planted for another novel in this series.

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The Columbus Dispatch

Above average
Reviewed by Alan Johnson on Jun 07 2015

Readers take an exciting plunge into two very different worlds — those of Morris Bellamy, killer and thief; and Pete Saubers, teenager and finder of stolen treasures...For those fretting that King has abandoned the supernatural genre, take comfort: A surprise near the end...is an appetizer for the final installment of King’s trilogy.

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Newsday

Above average
Reviewed by CHARLES FINCH. on May 29 2015

King has given his readers enormous delight over the years. Throughout "Finders Keepers," though, he seems to want more: The book hammers away at the idea of what writers and readers mean to each other, which writers get to survive, what a literary reputation is based on.

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Jacksonville.com

Good
Reviewed by Richard Klinzman on Jun 21 2015

Author King ratchets up the tension as no one else can, and it’s a literal race against time for Hodges and his team to save Pete.

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The Miami Herald

Above average
Reviewed by Rene Rodriguez on May 29 2015

The thing that drives King’s success, and is the main attraction in his new novel Finders Keepers, is his knack for creating narratives that hurtle along at such a high speed, you can barely keep up...Finders Keepers is fueled by real-life issues of economic depression and marital strife, which makes the ensuing suspense and menace more palpable.

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Cleveland.com

Above average
Reviewed by Laura DeMarco on Jun 05 2015

Yes, "Finders Keepers," in addition to being a meditation on reading, a horror novel and a mystery, is also a sequel...Less suspenseful than "Mr. Mercedes," "Finders Keepers" is still a breathtakingly fast-paced read, though it does in some ways feel like a middle book in the trilogy. It ends with a cliffhanger,

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Post and Courier

Good
Reviewed by Rob Merrill on Jun 29 2015

If you like King, it goes down easy. There are flies on dead bodies, melting faces and eyeballs split like grapes. You’ll find yourself cheering for Bellamy’s long, agonizing death.

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The Coast

Good
Reviewed by Stephanie Jones on Jun 22 2015

As part of a trilogy Finders Keepers exceeds its purpose; as a standalone novel it is worth far more than the price of admission. Savour it as a new offering from an author who has proved himself a peer of the greatest of his literary countrymen: King knows better than anyone how fleeting the life of a writer can be.

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South China Morning Post

Good
Reviewed by James Smythe on Jun 06 2015

Structurally, the book is an almost constant building up of momentum, growing in pace and tension until it finally explodes...Morris may not have developed, but writers do, and we have to go with them...That's the greatest joy of this book: watching as King still makes it all seem so effortless, and 55 novels in, manages to thrill with every page.

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Geeks of Doom

Good
Reviewed by Olympus Athens on Jun 02 2015

Finders Keepers could easily be a standalone novel. Lucky for us, it sets up the third installment quite nicely. It is a stay-up-all-night-because-you-cannot-put-it-down novel...This book is fantastic, with King’s way of drawing you inside the story and you can’t quite leave until you are done. It’s his special talent for imagery that does this.

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The Spectator

Below average
Reviewed by Keith Miller on Jun 06 2015

Finders Keepers is a sort-of sequel to last year’s Mr Mercedes, Stephen King’s first foray into what he called ‘hard-boiled detective fiction’. The new book is not so much hard-boiled as slowly poached, Heston Blumenthal style, in a sous-vide water oven, then finished on a violently hot grill.

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Star-Telegram

Above average
Reviewed by PRESTON JONES on May 27 2015

Keepers crackles in its last 50 pages or so, but too much of what precedes the gruesome climax feels like King riffing on his greatest hits...As Keepers draws to a close, King pivots from the real to the surreal, setting up the final chapter of this trilogy as a supernatural clash between good and evil.

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TODAY'S ZAMAN

Above average
Reviewed by ROB MERRILL / on Jun 12 2015

What follows happens fast. At 432 pages, this qualifies as a novella in the King canon. The plot tumbles along, with the past informing the present and the suspense building until the end. At times it feels too contrived, almost as if King is picturing the movie in his head, flashing back decades to fill in holes in the story.

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Reviewed by Kimberly on Jun 25 2015

The case wrapped up with a satisfying conclusion as King set us up for the final book and I am excited to see what happens. Fans of King and crime thrillers will find themselves caught up in Finders Keepers.

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Jenn's Bookshelves

Good
Reviewed by Jenn on Jun 03 2015

My adoration of King’s writing is so great that, although I just finished reading the print version of this novel, I plan on starting the audio book next. His work (and Ray Porter’s narration) are that good.

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Reviewed by Nick Romeo on Jun 18 2015

The desire to know what happens next is precisely what drives readers through King’s 400-plus pages. Oddly this makes Bellamy a kind of clumsy proxy for the avid reader, albeit a twisted, nightmarish one.

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Raging Biblioholism

Good
on Jun 22 2015

The plot takes a beautiful while to wind up and it’s a little bit of a disappointment when it does cut loose, although the ride is absolutely exhilarating once it does.

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The Speculative Scotsman

Good
Reviewed by Niall Alexander on Jun 09 2015

Tremendously tense and invariably entertaining, Finders Keepers is in the final summation the craft of a creator who, like John Rothstein—King's own creation, of course—can and continues to change lives with his insightful and surprising writing.

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Reader Dad

Good
Reviewed by Matt on Jun 01 2015

Finders Keepers is yet another unmissable addition to the King canon, a work that focuses on story and character rather than genre. An in-depth examination of the nature of obsession...This is Stephen King at his best, a writer with no equal producing work that continues to surprise, delight and horrify in equal measure.

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Lowcountry Book Lover

Excellent
on Jun 18 2015

Overall, a strong addition to the King library and highly recommended. You do need to read Mr. Mercedes first as there are some ties that bind the two stories together.

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