Books from the Backlog #261

Posted April 13, 2023 by Carole in Books from the Backlog / 12 Comments

Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.

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This week’s neglected book

Books from the Backlog #261Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
Narrator: Will Patton
Series: Bill Hodges Trilogy #1
Published by Gallery Books, Simon and Schuster Audio on June 3, 2014
Genres: Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
Length: 14 hours 21 minutes
Pages: 416
Format: Hardcover, Audiobook
Source: Library, Purchased
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In a high-suspense race against time, three of the most unlikely heroes Stephen King has ever created try to stop a lone killer from murdering thousands. “Mr. Mercedes is a rich, resonant, exceptionally readable accomplishment by a man who can write in whatever genre he chooses” (The Washington Post).

The stolen Mercedes emerges from the pre-dawn fog and plows through a crowd of men and women on line for a job fair in a distressed American city. Then the lone driver backs up, charges again, and speeds off, leaving eight dead and more wounded. The case goes unsolved and ex-cop Bill Hodges is out of hope when he gets a letter from a man who loved the feel of death under the Mercedes’s wheels…

Brady Hartsfield wants that rush again, but this time he’s going big, with an attack that would take down thousands—unless Hodges and two new unusual allies he picks up along the way can throw a wrench in Hartsfield’s diabolical plans. Stephen King takes off on a “nerve-shredding, pulse-pounding race against time” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram) with this acclaimed #1 bestselling thriller.

Why did I add Mr. Mercedes to my bookshelf?

I have had this book on my shelf for ages. Since I decided to start working my way through my Stephen King collection this year, I feel like it is time to finally dive into this book. I have heard great things about this book and the reviews are overwhelmingly positive. Since I seem to fit audiobooks into my reading schedule a little easier, I will most likely grab a copy of the audiobook from my local library. I hope to move this one to my read pile before the month of April draws to a close.

A Quick Update

I did want to let everyone know that I have been having some major internet problems at my house. Every post that I have done in the past week has taken about 5 times as long as it should because the internet keeps dropping out. Blog hopping has been basically impossible. I have limited data on my cell phone so using that isn’t really an option either. They are supposed to come out and try to fix it sometime today. Hopefully, I can get around to visiting everyone very soon!

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book?  Would you recommend it?

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12 responses to “Books from the Backlog #261

  1. The intermittent internet is a pain. Hope you’re up and running soon.

    Great plan to switch to audio and get another Stephen King done. And, score, a library book finished, too.

  2. Sorry to hear about your internet woes. I hate how dependent we’ve become on internet to work. I work from home, so it’s an issue to have it working for me! I think I was able to use my phone data until ours got setup but it was close!

    Nice pick too! I’ve only ever read a novella of his! Guess having the movies around as a kid kinda of scared me off! Lol! Hope you enjoy it and get to read it soon!

  3. I haven’t read this one, but I know how much well loved Stephen King is! I hope you end up loving it. Internet issues are the worst! Hope it gets fixed soon for you.

  4. I read the first 2 in this trilogy but haven’t managed the last one yet. I enjoyed it. I hope your Internet gets fixed. We went thru something for 3 weeks around Christmas and it was not fun.

  5. Stormi and I are starting a buddy read of this trilogy in May. I want to read it before King’s new release, Holly, comes out this fall. I’ve watched some of the TV series, but who knows how close it is to the actual book. Hope we all love it.

  6. Oh gosh I hope your internet gets better soon
    I’m not really a King fan, there have been a few I’ve liked like 11-22-63 but this does sound good

  7. Hope your internet is back up soon. That’s super frustrating. I have never read Stephen King and I don’t plan to either. Horror is the one genre I stay away from. I hope you like though.

  8. I don’t read Stephen King because of the horror content, but I hear this one is different and I really should try it.

  9. I remember when this one was everywhere! I always meant to read it but never quite managed it. I hope you enjoy it when you get to it and fingers crossed your internet issues get dealt with quickly.