Written by Stephen King

New York Times Bestseller

Publisher: Scribner
Pages: 405
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Published: 2014-11-11
Original Language: English

In a small New England town, in the early 60s, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs Jacobs; the women and girls – including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister – feel the same about Reverend Jacobs. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond, based on their fascination with simple experiments in electricity. Then tragedy strikes the Jacobs family; the preacher curses God, mocking all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town. Jamie has demons of his own. In his mid-thirties, he is living a nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll. Addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate, he sees Jacobs again – a showman on stage, creating dazzling ‘portraits in lightning’ – and their meeting has profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings. Because for every cure there is a price… This rich and disturbing novel spans five decades on its way to the most terrifying conclusion Stephen King has ever written. It’s a masterpiece from King, in the great American tradition of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe.

Read from 2023-02-16 to 2023-02-19
Read in English
Rating: 4/5
Review: I rather enjoyed Revival. It’s nothing too special or spectacular, but a solid story keeping a pleasing casual pace and nerve that was perfect for a weekend read.

It’s the kind of book where I’d recommend not reading the synopsis, and knowing as little as possible about the story before reading. Not because the book would be ruined, but because coming in blind adds a little extra suspense around what’s going to happen. And a little extra suspense never hurts. It’s a book which touches upon questions about life, existence, and death without going too deep into any of it - using many serious subjects as relatively light plot-devices to drive forward a more-than-decent little story which does the job of providing some light entertainment through a few days.

This isn’t a book that will stick with me, but it’s a book that I enjoyed quite a bit while I had it around.