Spoiler Alert!

I am reading Stephen King’s new novelOutsider, and really enjoying it. It is the most intense King novel I have read since his 2014 novel Revival. I did, however, want to caution friends and readers who are also King fans that if you have not read the third book in the Bill Hodges series, there are spoilers in this book.

As it happens, I read the first two Bill Hodges books, Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers when they were first released. However, I never got around to reading the final book in the trilogy, End of Watch–at least not yet. However, about halfway through Outsider, I learned (in the broad strokes, but enough to get the gist), just what happens in that third book. One of the things I love about King’s books the vast interconnections between them, and Outsider is no exception. In this case, however, I learned the fate of the characters in End of Watch in a most unexpected way.

If you haven’t read any of the Bill Hodges books, then what you read in Outsider won’t seem like anything other than backstory into some tangential characters. But if you’ve read some, but not all of them–look out for the spoilers!

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.