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Holly - Stephen King


By Stephen King

  • Release Date: 2023-09-05
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 3.5
From 535 Ratings


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


  • Kept me awake

    By areyoufinkiddingme
    This was a crazy story. Updated version of Hansel & Gretal. I thought I was immune to horror stories, nope, I thought wrong. It definitely stayed with me. And to all the naysayer’s complaining about the book being political, no it wasn’t. He wrote this book during a pandemic. It was medical not political. If you thought it was political - check yourself. People were dying in large quantities. We had not seen a virus like this in nearly 100 years. And when someone reads it 20, 25, 50 years or more from now they will understand the truth then too.
  • The gore is not the true horror in this story…

    By t0m4t0
    Sure, there’s gore to delight horror fans, but the psychological thrill is the one that’s most chilling because it leaps from beyond the realm of fantasy into our current times. King’s writing is smooth as butter, an easy and fast read and very fun, I was sad to leave these characters by the end. Not sure his writing of Black characters is very rich, but it’s respectful.
  • Too political

    By grandmamamarazzi
    I love Holly as a character. I reread all the books with Holly in them in anticipation of this release. Unfortunately, Ted Nugent, James Woods, Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick and a plethora of other names, Stephen King has joined the ranks of those who believe we want to know about their politics. Don’t get me wrong, King is still a compelling author, and this book brought me to tears several times. However, it could have been less politically charged and still had the same narrative. I’m kind of surprised his editors didn’t try to point that out to him. I’m only 6 years younger than King and have read everything he has written, even as Bachman, however I will think twice before reading anything else he writes. I don’t want to mix politics and entertainment.
  • Lib Lit

    By Battery223
    Could’ve been a good novel without all the political rhetoric. Felt like I was reading a novel written by MSNBC or CNN. Save your money.
  • Please buy something else!

    By ladevineii
    Save your money; this book is so badly written that I want my money refunded! Very politically written from the very far left perspective. Will not be purchasing another from King.
  • 2nd book I will not finish, sad…

    By gv-
    I agree with others who want to read fiction and not political theater. Yes, COVID was horrible on all levels, but I certainly do not want to keep living it over and over again. In particular with a fictional book. Another author, Brad Thor, did the same with his latest book. I made it three chapters in when I stopped. Here with Holly, after one chapter, I must decline to continue the political hysteria.
  • Those seeking to dictate what King can write about may be disappointed

    By Theocritus125
    Yes, Covid was a component in this book and it's very difficult not to talk about that along with the political factors involved with it. Also, for those purposely seeking out an author who is known as our era's greatest horror writer who has no bounds to his imagination, you shouldn't be surprised to find that he addresses the greatest horror of our time.
  • Holly Gibney

    By SusieMac46
    Stephen King never fails to entertain. All the stars for him.
  • 5 Stars!!!

    By Dr.ohmeda
    I didn’t read this book but I saw all the trump supporters in the comments upset and giving 1 star. So anything that piss them off like that has got to be good! 😂
  • Fiction Not Politics

    By papabear1121
    When I read, I always read fiction. Just like going to see a movie, I want to be taken away from the real world for a little while. The real world will still be waiting for me when I return. Unfortunately, this book wants to stuff the author’s political views down the readers throat from the very beginning. I stopped reading after a few chapters. That has never happened to me before. Especially when reading a King book. Sad. I wish I could get my money back. Papa Bear 1121