TW: child death, child rape, gore, and violence
This. Fucking. Book.
Let’s be honest, I love Stephen King. I’ve had some hits and misses from him, but he’s definitely one of my favorite authors. And, I loved the Bill Hodge’s series, which does tie into this. So, if you haven’t read this, it will spoil End of Watch (which I also gave five stars tbh and the link will take you to my review). But, this isn’t a direct sequel to the series. It’s a part of it, but it’s not in it.
What I found impressive about this book was that King took the title. It went from the fear of an outsider that’s really someone inside your community, but you don’t know them. And then it plays on everyone’s fear of the real outsider, the boogeyman, the devil coming in.
The characters were great. I was so happy when Holly came back (a character from the Bill Hodges series. And, yes, I know it’s technically the Finders Keepers series but I AM CALLING IT BILL HODGES.) Everyone was so real and I found a way to empathize with all of them.
It’s just… so good.
Is this even a review? I think I’m just gushing. Whatever.
I loved all of the characters. I loved how naturally the plot progressed from a murder mystery to the paranormal feel that left chills on me. I actually got chills while reading this book. That doesn’t happen often. My heart was pounding, my eyes were big, my hair was on end, my wine was chugged.
This book basically combined the favorite aspects of books I loved by King, especially IT and End of Watch.
Tldr: This book is fucking good. It was excellent. I couldn’t get enough of it and I could have read more. I sincerely hope that King continues with this series because every single book is an absolute joy.
Have you read this book? What did you think of it?
Is it on your TBR?