A New York Times Notable Book
Holly Gibney, one of Stephen King’s most compelling and ingeniously resourceful characters, returns in this thrilling novel to solve the gruesome truth behind multiple disappearances in a midwestern town.
“Sometimes the universe throws you a rope.” —BILL HODGES
Stephen King’s Holly marks the triumphant return of beloved King character Holly Gibney. Readers have witnessed Holly’s gradual transformation from a shy (but also brave and ethical) recluse in Mr. Mercedes to Bill Hodges’s partner in Finders Keepers to a full-fledged, smart, and occasionally tough private detective in The Outsider. In King’s new novel, Holly is on her own, and up against a pair of unimaginably depraved and brilliantly disguised adversaries.
When Penny Dahl calls the Finders Keepers detective agency hoping for help locating her missing daughter, Holly is reluctant to accept the case. Her partner, Pete, has Covid. Her (very complicated) mother has just died. And Holly is meant to be on leave. But something in Penny Dahl’s desperate voice makes it impossible for Holly to turn her down.
Mere blocks from where Bonnie Dahl disappeared live Professors Rodney and Emily Harris. They are the picture of bourgeois respectability: married octogenarians, devoted to each other, and semi-retired lifelong academics. But they are harboring an unholy secret in the basement of their well-kept, book-lined home, one that may be related to Bonnie’s disappearance. And it will prove nearly impossible to discover what they are up to: they are savvy, they are patient, and they are ruthless.
Holly must summon all her formidable talents to outthink and outmaneuver the shockingly twisted professors in this chilling new masterwork from Stephen King.
“I could never let Holly Gibney go. She was supposed to be a walk-on character in Mr. Mercedes and she just kind of stole the book and stole my heart. Holly is all her.” —STEPHEN KING
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
An investigator with an unusual mind digs into a case that nearly buries her alive in this captivating thriller from the legendary Stephen King. The COVID pandemic is still raging when the reclusive but genius Holly Gibney takes on the case of a missing librarian. But the mystery proves more dangerous than Holly could have ever imagined, as the clues lead to the seemingly sweet, mild-mannered couple living nearby. Fans of Holly’s previous appearances in the Bill Hodges trilogy will appreciate seeing her take center stage. Through his brilliant use of dual narratives, King lets us in on many of the story’s gruesome surprises before Holly gets to them, amping up the tension and dread. This is a wonderfully creepy read.
PI Holly Gibney returns after King's 2020 novella If It Bleeds to face off against a pair of deliciously wicked predators in this lurid if somewhat plodding thriller. It's July 2021, and the Finders Keepers detective agency is on hiatus, with Holly taking time off to mourn her mother, who recently died of Covid. She's lured back to work by a series of persuasive calls from a woman named Penny Dahl, whose preteen daughter, Bonnie, disappeared three weeks earlier. As Holly begins to poke around the neighborhood where Bonnie was last seen, residents alert her to the disappearance of 11-year-old Peter "Stinky" Steinman, who vanished from the same area three years ago. Additional conversations point Holly in the direction of former college professors Rodney and Emily Harris, whose veneer of elderly innocence is complicated by rumors that they may be connected to a slew of missing persons cases stretching back nearly a decade. At first, Holly investigates the Harrises as a matter of protocol, but it doesn't take long for her to realize she's facing down a pair of cunning foes with far darker secrets than she could've imagined. The narrative can dawdle, with things starting to feel especially padded in the middle stretch, but readers are likely to forgive the delay by the time the stomach-turning dénouement comes around. This pitch-black thriller ends on a high note.
Just don’t read during lunch :)
Listen, I don't even like Trump. But I read these books as a form of escapism, and I do not appreciate the author's whiney political rants being shoved down my throat. Stephen King is an incredible author and has been my favorite ever since I was definitely way too young to be reading his books; but I do not think I will be purchasing another for quite a while after sitting through the moral lecture that I just endured via this book.
Regardless of your political beliefs, this was a hard book to read. Way too many covid and political references. I don’t recommend.