The New York Times Book Review
“A classic race-against-time story, one that benefits from King’s superb patience and pacing…King’s restless imagination is a power that cannot be contained...he played it pretty straight in ‘Mr. Mercedes,’ which just won the Edgar…now he’s toying with the form, batting it back and forth to see if it’s still alive…[the] final showdown is a high-stakes confrontation between good and evil.”
- Laura Lippman, The New York Times Book Review
The Washington Post
“Stephen King’s superb new stay-up-all-night thriller, FINDERS KEEPERS, is a sly, often poignant tale of literary obsession that recalls the themes of his classic 1987 novel Misery…a love letter to the joys of reading and to American literature… wonderful, scary, moving.”
- Elizabeth Hand, The Washington Post
The Portland Press Herald
“Stephen King still seems to be on a creative roll…King possesses a keen sense of the nuts-and-bolts of everyday American life, and he knows exactly how to infuse it with escalating menace… [FINDERS KEEPERS] delivers on what it promises: a gripping setup, a group of resourceful good guys, an antagonist capable of terrible violence. It also speaks to the powerful allure of fiction, of how a great story can capture someone’s imagination and make him or her see the world in a completely different way. Prolific and personable King seems to be the complete antithesis of the reclusive, withholding John Rothstein. That’s something for which his legions of adoring fans can be extremely thankful, as they await the wrap-up to this intriguing trilogy of hard-boiled thrillers.
- Mike Berry, the Portland Press Herald
“King continues to tweak the hard-boiled genre in spectacular ways in Finders Keepers, hints at a bit of the supernatural — he's pretty good at that if you hadn't heard — and touches on his own place as an American literary celebrity. King's had his share of diehard fanatics over the years, but the new book is so good, being at least mildly obsessed with it is understandable. The finest thing about it, however, is that the author has another story to tell before the finale of this excellent series.
- Brian Truitt, USA TODAY
The Miami Herald
“The thing that drives King’s success, and is the main attraction in his new novel Finders Keepers, is his knack for creating narratives that hurtle along at such a high speed, you can barely keep up…compulsively readable…That first chapter, which ends with a horrific bang, could easily stand alone as a short story…What ensues is the kind of cat-and-mouse game King excels at crafting…Finders Keepers is fueled by real-life issues of economic depression and marital strife, which makes the ensuing suspense and menace more palpable…That sense of contemporary despair — the constant struggle that so many wage daily in order to simply survive, and the sense of hope that follows when you get a glimpse of the end of the tunnel — is what gives Finders Keepers its substance…This is not to imply that King has gone all Cheever : The book is, first and foremost, a thrilling, taut read. But there’s something relatable about this one that extends beyond recognizing your own fears while reading about a doomed romance or an alcoholic clinging to sobriety or a group of kids stalked by a killer clown. The title of Finders Keepers could almost double as a commentary on how King views today’s social climate: What was yours is mine now, and too bad for you. That, King argues, is just as scary as being the target of a sadistic murderer who happens to know where you live.”
- Rene Rodriguez, The Miami Herald
The Seattle Times
“[A] fast-paced sequel to [King’s] great 2014 detective novel Mr. Mercedes…King has remained such a renowned and popular author by tapping into basic human truths. We discover what sets Bellamy on his criminal course and the source of his capacity for violence. We follow young Peter as he acquires his love of literature — from one of those memorable teachers who make it come alive — and is then torn between the love for his family and the way the world actually works. And what a delight to have Bill, Holly and Jerome back working on this new case.”
- Doug Knoop, The Seattle Times
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“For any other author, coming up with a sequel to a book that won the Edgar Award for best mystery novel might be a tall order. But Stephen King never seems to run short of intriguing plots, compelling characters and just enough gore and guts to bring in a vast audience of readers. So Finders Keepers, the follow-up to Mr. Mercedes, pulls together another tantalizing tale of a good guy facing some tough tests.”
- Amanda St. Amand, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Minneapolis Star Tribune
“King is in fine form here, crafting a cool thriller packed with literary allusions and the theme that reading literature can change a reader’s heart – for good or bad.”
- Minneapolis Star Tribune
The New York Times
“One of the pleasures of Finders Keepers is watching Mr. King’s ways of making pages turn…[and] the very appealing trio of crime-solvers who joined forces in Mr. Mercedes…they’re still a great team throughout Finders Keepers. And Mr. Mercedes still lurks, ready for his curtain call.”
- Janet Maslin, The New York Times
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
King is, above all, a master storyteller, building the story's tension — a slow burn throughout — to a near-unbearable level by the end. And, after giving readers a minute to catch their breath, he slyly tosses in a tease about the final chapter of the trilogy, The Suicide Prince, which suggests a move to darker, supernatural territory.
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Geeks of Doom
"This book is fantastic, with King’s way of drawing you inside the story and you can’t quite leave until you are done. It’s his special talent for imagery that does this. You can see everything in your mind’s eye.
Now, Stephen King fans will love this book, no matter what. I don’t have to do a hard sell, a soft sell, or any sell. In fact, I might have to hide my book so no one steals it. If you are a Stephen King virgin, you could easily read this novel and fall in love, resulting in a rushed author study."
- Olympus Athens, Geeks of Doom
"King has the popular novelist’s gifts in spades — a flawless sense of pace, an ear for dialogue, an eye for the telling detail, a no-mess-no-fuss approach to characterisation."
- Keith Miller, The Spectator
"...an almost constant build of momentum, growing in pace and tension until it finally explodes… manages to thrill with every page..."
- James Smythe, The Guardian
The Mail on Sunday
"A classic cat-and-mouse tale, this is King at his rip-roaring best."
- The Mail on Sunday, Thriller of the Week
The Sunday Mirror
"Fantastic…In part a love letter to literature, this is vintage King – jaw droppingly brutal but full of heart and humanity. Roll on the last in the trilogy..."
- The Sunday Mirror
"Just as intriguingly, King still seems to view his fanatical readers with amused contempt. While Bellamy's love of John Rothstein drives him to sociopathic rage, Paul's adoration causes him to break out in acne, retreat into solitude and commit well-intentioned crimes."
- Jame Kidd, The Independent