Reviewed by David Savage
As a long time fan of Stephen King I could not wait to read this book and I wasn’t disappointed. 740 pages of sadness, horror, love, fun and excitement. If you only buy one book this year I would recommend this one.
Jake Epping is an English teacher who receives a telephone call from local diner owner Al to come and see him straight away. Upon arrival he finds the diner closed for good even though it was open the day before. When entering he finds a much older, dying Al from the previous day. Al explains he is dying and lets him in on a big secret, he can time travel. He takes him into his pantry where he can step back into time to 1958 America. He soon learns that he can stay as long as he wants in 1958 (days, weeks, months or years) and when he returns only 2 minutes have passed but he will have aged the amount of time he stayed in the other world.
As Al is dying he asks Jake for a favour, to go back and stop Lee Harvey Oswald from assassinating John F. Kennedy. By doing this he hopes to change world events for the better. Jake decides he wants a trial run first and goes back to stop a terrible tragedy to see if making a change would affect the future. When he returns and finds the future changed, he then decides to go back and stop Oswald. He has to wait 5 years before he can try and stop the assassination so gambles to make money (as he already knows the results) and even falls in love.
This is a great well written novel and very well researched to keep a lot of it factual and entertaining. Shows the differences of living in 50’s and 60’s America to living today in 2011. Shows how difficult time travelling would be from having the right money and clothes to people’s attitudes and even the difference in taste of food. It even contains references from a previous Stephen King, IT. I found it very hard to put down and very entertaining. I have read nearly all Stephen King’s book apart from the Dark Tower series and I think this is his best one yet. Whether you are a fan of Stephen King or not you will enjoy this book.
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