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2023 Book Review: Billy Summers

by Stephen King

A Mystery/Thriller, 2019 by Scribner, 515 Pages 

What I Didn’t Like:

  • Some cliche characters. It might be intentional, but it felt lazy.
  • This goes on longer than you expect it to, which isn’t inherently a bad thing. Just remember when you start this book to expect a long journey with what feels like a few books worth of storylines all in one.
  • We’re going to HINT at the Overlook hotel and NOT take a closer examination of that story or tie it into the story? Come ON. Yes, I was glad it was mentioned. Yes, I was glad to know that these are in the same timeline and world. But I wanted more the second it was mentioned. 

What I Did Like:

  • Has an old-school Stephen King feel with the story within a story, sections within chapters, and strong descriptions. Plus, as I mentioned, it goes on longer than you expect and feels almost like its own sequel. That’s also classic King.
  • Captivating story. Between the hired killer, the secret identities, and the secrets kept from the reader, this keeps your attention for every page. 
  • The ending works. At first I didn’t like it. But after I sat with it for a bit, I did. I couldn’t think of a way it could have ended better that actually worked for the character and the story. This way felt authentic for the story. 

Who Should Read This One:

  • Old school King fans. This has a good vibe. 
  • Fans of stories about assassins for hire. This goes on after you think it’s over and it works.
  • Fans of vigilante justice stories.

My Rating: 4 Stars

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