Fiction · Horror

Revival by Stephen King

What’s it about? 

When he’s six, Jamie Morton meets his little American town’s new pastor; Reverend Charles Daniel Jacobs, who has a rather unnatural obsession with electricity. After his wife and child die in a horrific car accident, Jacobs goes off the deep end and, thus, falls off the radar. Jamie grows up, discovers the joys of the electric guitar and then the joys of drugs. When he meets Jacobs again, the rocker has a horrendous drugs problem – one that Jacobs fixes, but at a price. A price that Jamie Morton will be paying for the rest of his life, along with everyone else the Reverend Charles Daniel Jacobs (or is that Dan the Lightning Portraits Man or The Rev or Charlie or Pastor Danny Jacobs?) has ever touched with his electrical devices. But just what is Jacobs’ end game, and what is his ‘secret electricity’?


Is it any good?

Well, it certainly isn’t bad. It’s far from a bad book (if any book can truly be called ‘bad’ at all). Indeed, the first third or so of Revival is downright addictive. King writes of the 1960s and 70s with such a vivid sense of nostalgia that it makes the reader feel like they’re actually there, but I felt the plot to be overwhelmingly weak, especially by Stephen King standards. I felt that Jacobs was something of a disjointed character, the leaps and bounds of his character development not quite adding up for me. Then there was the ending; it felt tacked quickly together, like King suddenly got bored of writing the novel and had to whip something carelessly and quickly up. Revival is not a terrible book – not even a bad book – but not an outstandingly brilliant read either.


Rating: 6.5/10

How long did it take to read: five days

For fans of: H P Lovecraft, Frankenstein, vintage/retro clothing shops

This book tastes like: cold pizza


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