I read Mr. Mercedes a few years back and loved it. It's taken me a long time to get around to reading this second installment in the "Bill Hodges" series, but I'm glad a vacation gave me the opportunity to dig into this one. I don't read much Stephen King I have to admit, but this book makes me want to read more. I really enjoyed the multi-layered story and its inevitable move towards the main characters coming to their ultimate confrontation. I like how the book centers on the love of literature as well as the obsessiveness of readers and their strong emotions about authors and their books, right down to murdering an author for doing one of their characters wrong. It was a surprising left turn from the first book, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.