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Holly por Stephen King
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Holly (edição 2023)

por Stephen King (Autor)

Séries: Holly Gibney (5)

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In this new novel, Holly once again claims the spotlight, and must face some of her most depraved adversaries yet. When Penny Dahl calls the Finders Keepers detective agency hoping for help locating her missing daughter, Holly is reluctant to accept the case. Her own mother has just died, and Holly is supposed to be taking time off. 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, semi-retired lifelong academics. But they are harboring an unholy secret in 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 smart, they are patient, and they are ruthless. Holly must summon all her formidable talents to outhink and outmaneuver this brilliant and twisted pair in this chilling new masterwork from Stephen King.… (mais)
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Título:Holly
Autores:Stephen King (Autor)
Informação:Scribner (2023), 464 pages
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Holly por Stephen King

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Stephen did it again. He sucked me into this book from the first page. I resisted but I lost and I throughly enjoyed the read! This is my first introduction to Holly since I haven't read any other books where she was present. It didn't matter, she's a wonderful character and this book is full of other interesting characters.
Thanks Stephen! ( )
  Suem330 | Feb 25, 2024 |
Knocking Myself Out?
Review of the Simon & Schuster / Scribner Kindle eBook edition (September 5, 2023) released simultaneously with the Simon & Schuster / Scribner hardcover & audiobook.

“I think that a lot of people are not going to like it,” he says. “I think that a lot of people — particularly people on the other side of the Covid issue and the Trump issue — are going to give it one-star reviews on Amazon. But all I can say to those people is, ‘Knock yourself out.’” - Author Stephen King interviewed about his book Holly in Rolling Stone Magazine, September 5, 2023.


It is likely not possible to review this book without mentioning the elephant in the room of its being set during the later stages of the COVID pandemic in the summer of 2021 when vaccinations and subsequent booster shots had become available. Releasing it in late 2023 means that it comes at a time when many people would prefer to forget those times and whatever sad or fearful associations it may have had for them. I don’t think disliking the book means that you are necessarily anti-vaccine or pro-Trump. You might just be fed up reading about those things. Speaking for myself, it didn’t bother me that much. It felt appropriate enough for the character of Holly Gibney, a character whom I’ve enjoyed in several previous novels by King.

Those who know my reviews will know that I love to record statistics, so here are some statistics about possible triggering words in Holly:
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Word counts obtained by Kindle search, which did seem to catch all permutations e.g. “vax” also covers “vaxxed”, “vaxxing”, etc.
COVID = 77, mask = 64, hospital = 37, elbow = 26, sick = 23, Zoom = 23, vaccine = 19, vax = 11, double = 9 (as in double-vaxxed, double dose), Trump = 8, virus = 6, pandemic = 6, Corona = 5, illness = 5, jab = 5, ventilator = 4, Moderna = 3, Pfizer = 2, booster = 2, immune = 1.

If those mentions seem excessive to you, then likely this is not the book for you. Personally I could ignore them and I did mostly enjoy the greater story, even though as a ‘mystery’ it is pretty weak. The villains are known from the very beginning so the suspense of the book is how and when will Holly catch on and catch up to them. The villains’ motives are deluded and creepy as hell (no spoiler here), but there is a pathetic element to them as they are 80-year-old seniors. So they hardly seem “worthy” opponents for someone who faced down characters such as “Mr. Mercedes” & “The Outsider”.

I especially enjoyed the subplot of Gibney’s ally Barbara Robinson (younger sister of Gibney’s cyber assistant Jerome Robinson) who is developing as a young poetess and seeks out a mentoring relationship with a respected elderly poet in the community. Barbara’s subplot is peripheral to the main investigation but she plays a key role in the end. I always enjoy King when he writes about writers and books.

So 3 stars is a compromise rating, parts I enjoyed, parts were only so-so. There is not much kindness from King about his political and health opponents in it, but at least at one point there is a sense that he may understand those who pity others who let paranoia rule their lives:
As she approaches the payment window, she reaches into her left pocket for one of her emoji gloves and only finds the bottle of Germ-X. She grabs a Kleenex out of the center console and uses that to offer her money and take her change. The girl in the window gives her a pitying look.


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Stephen King Universe tie-in = (Spoilers Obviously) As Holly is #3 in the Holly Gibney series it makes regular references to the Bill Hodges trilogy (2014 - 2016) and to the earlier Holly Gibney books, especially The Outsider (2018 - Holly Gibney #1) and to the main villains in those books. ( )
  alanteder | Feb 13, 2024 |
King serves up a slow burn fiction that feels so real. The atmosphere is rough and jarring already before discovery of….I won’t tell. The elements are hard and thick of Covid and the times current politics which really seat the reader fully in the moment. You’re tense and it’s unfair, which is the point. People are still gonna be crazy, and sick, and….ick.

The characters (if we chose to do the full reading gambit) grow and blossom fully open during this final leg (is it final?) of the Holly hope road. Beautiful things happened. Horrible things happened, and there were even a few wounds that began to heal.

I enjoyed my journey. I enjoyed watching these characters interact and learn. I enjoyed the realism elements during the entire read: periphery character choices, reaction times, domino effect, ect.

I love that King can write horror, fantastical dark fantasy, and jarring fictional realism with great effort and care to those tones.

“A millionaire walks into a bar…..”
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  cmpeters | Feb 2, 2024 |
WOW ( )
  Casya | Jan 30, 2024 |
DNF at 5% because this is too much horror for me.
  accidental_hermit | Jan 28, 2024 |
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In this new novel, Holly once again claims the spotlight, and must face some of her most depraved adversaries yet. When Penny Dahl calls the Finders Keepers detective agency hoping for help locating her missing daughter, Holly is reluctant to accept the case. Her own mother has just died, and Holly is supposed to be taking time off. 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, semi-retired lifelong academics. But they are harboring an unholy secret in 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 smart, they are patient, and they are ruthless. Holly must summon all her formidable talents to outhink and outmaneuver this brilliant and twisted pair in this chilling new masterwork from Stephen King.

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