King's latest novel Revival comes in at 403 pages and is a fantastic end to a busy year for King.  The book starts off slow building to the horrific end at a wonderful pace with lovely moments of ordinary life laid out naturally and intimately.  Most of the book is build up to the final reveal at the end, but it is King storytelling at his best.  Don't get lulled into forgetting this is a horror novel.  King himself said "I don’t even want to think about that book any more – it’s a nasty, dark piece of work."

I loved every minute of it.  Enjoy.

I usually write a short review of each King book shortly before the release date.  Scribner is kind enough to provide me with a review copy of each book.  This time I'm going to include some other reviews that I've read along with mine.

From The Guardian:

King (left) has always been good at the buildup to horror: the reveal of the monster behind the curtains doesn’t always match the promise. In Revival, however, it’s more of a curtain twitch, and all the more memorable for it. “You know when the lightning’s going to come, because there’s a breathless feeling in the air. A feeling of … I don’t know … an unburned feeling,” Jacobs tells a young Jamie. Remember that feeling. Don’t let King trick you. Revival may be light on horrific detail, but the glimpse its author gives of the darkness behind the veil is black indeed.

From The Daily Express:

And he is right: it is one of his most satisfyingly disturbing novels in some time, and readers who have lamented his turn to crime fiction with such books as Mr Mercedes will be glad to see him back in classic King territory, as gruesome and unsettling as ever.

What’s more, it’s a sharp and detailed character study of two very different men; King’s books have always been as much about character as they are about making the hairs stand up on the back of the neck.

From Pop Mythology:

‘Revival’ is as engaging a late-night tale as all of Stephen King’s stories are but also continues to build upon his trend towards higher levels of complexity within the understory. It is a powerful, phantasmagorical meditation on the loss of faith and understanding.


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AuthorJoe Camillieri