Book Review: Revival by Stephen King

Revival by Stephen King

Publisher: Scribner

Publication Date: November 11, 2014

Edition: Hardcover, 405

Genre: Fiction, Suspense, Horror

Rating: 4/5

A good old fashioned Stephen King horror story. It’s about time he tried to scare me again!


A dark and electrifying novel about addiction, fanaticism, and what might exist on the other side of life.In a small New England town, over half a century ago, 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 feel the same about Reverend Jacobs — including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from the age of thirteen, he plays in bands across the country, living the nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll while fleeing from his family’s horrific loss. In his mid-thirties — addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate — Jamie meets Charles Jacobs again, with profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings.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 Frank Norris, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Edgar Allan Poe.

Stephen King is my favorite writer, and probably always will be, but I have not been overly impressed with his current novels. Under The Dome was a good novel, so was Mr. Mercedes. I absolutely loved 11/22/63, and while Doctor Sleep was good, it wasn’t what I would call a great novel, and to me, was a bit of a disappointing sequel to a book, The Shinning, that scared me when I read. While 11/22/63 is one his best works, you know what all of these novels has in common? They are not the old Stephen King; they are general fiction, mystery, thriller/suspense, and just a bit of horror… some have no horror whatsoever. All of these novels mentioned are still better almost all other author’s work out there. Horror or not, King in an excellent story teller, and even Cell had me turning page to page. What I want from King though is to be scared! I want to dive into the story, get to know the characters, feel the tensions and suspension building up, and then I want to turn that page jump when something happens!

That old Stephen King we fell in love with is back! (You can say he has been, REVIVED!)

This story only has its ‘scary’ moments at the end – where we meet the ‘old’ King –  but man, is it a great ending. Up until the last part of the book though, you will have no issues getting into the book. It was an excellent story that will keep you very interested, very face-paced, and enough moments of suspense that will keep you on edge, build up to a shocking ending.

Wether you like or hate the ‘new’ style King, there is traces of the ‘old’ King to keep them happy, but if you are a fan of King in general you will like this book.

Highly reccomended!

4/5 Rating


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