I found Finders Keepers as another entertaining read from King, with a somewhat mysterious ending. The story is sectioned into three parts, with the first two parts further broken into chapters that alternate between two different young men’s stories.
The first young man’s story starts in 1978. He is 19-year-old Morris Bellamy, who has an unhappy home life. A teacher introduces him to a book that has a character named Jimmy Gold, a rebellious and irreverent teenager, with whom he can identify. Morris becomes so obsessed with Jimmy that he immediately devours the sequel when it comes out. When the third book is released, Morris is disappointed to find Jimmy all grown up and embracing the life of a law-abiding average man with a mortgage, wife, kids, and a corporate job, which he loves to boot. Morris believes the third book is not an accurate outcome of Jimmy’s life as an adult. He becomes further marginalized from society and becomes so angry that when an opportunity a few years later presents itself to invade the writer’s home, he confronts the writer, who is now an old man, and lashes at him for selling out Jimmy. After one bad decision after another, Morris finds himself facing a long-term prison sentence.
The other young man’s story starts in 2009. He is Pete Saubers, a senior in high school. His family is going through a very difficult period during the recession. Along the way, Pete is also introduced to the Jimmy Gold trilogy and . . . this is where I stop saying anything more. What is interesting is how Stephen King has weaved some characters from another story he recently wrote, Mr. Mercedes, into this book. I suggest you read Mr. Mercedes first before reading this title so in part three you can better appreciate the characters you’ll meet there. This is also the section where the lives of Morris and Pete intersect and combust.
I list below the books I’ve read by Stephen King in the order they were published. I shall continue updating the list as I finish reading his new publications.
The Dead Zone
Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption
Under the Dome
Full Dark, No Stars
The Bazaar of Bad Dreams
End of Watch
The Outsider (2018)
The Institute (2019)