This is the second book in the Detective Bill Hodges trilogy, with the first being Mr Mercedes. The story is about an acclaimed author who writes a one-hit classic and then nothing else for decades. A reader, Morris Bellamy, becomes obsessed with the main character in the book – so much so that he is driven to murder in his need for more ‘material’. He steals notebooks filled with the author’s writing which contain new material about his favourite character. But then he gets sent to jail on an unrelated charge for 30 years. A teenage boy, Pete, discovers these hidden notebooks and realises the worth of the secrets they hold. At this point Bill Hodges and his team, who are solving the City Centre Massacre, enter the story and now they must also save Pete from a deranged killer. Even though it claims to be able to stand-alone, I recommend reading Mr Mercedes first to make sense of some the characters. There is no doubt, though, that once again King has been able to masterfully create suspense and ingenious plot, and the result is truly gripping.