Book Review: Revival By @StephenKing via @erinwise82

 

Have you ever got so into a book, you spent the entire day reading it? So obsessed with the story, you just couldn’t put it down until you finished it? That was my day yesterday with Stephen King’s Revival.

This book was a lucky find. I was in the grocery store, picking up dinner. I passed the book aisle and as I did I thought, I might as well see what they got here. I turned around and strolled down the aisle. There were children’s books and journals. Romance stories galore, which aren’t really my cup of tea. (To each, their own.) Then there was a small row of horror, mysteries, and suspense, my cup of tea. I hurried right over. Some I had read, some didn’t catch my attention, some caught my attention, but not well enough. That’s when I came across a few Stephen King novels. Being a fan since my great-aunt first handed me NightShift, I looked through the titles. Among them was Revival. I took a gander at the back cover, it caught my attention immediately. In my cart it went.

I returned home, put away my groceries, and sat down with my new book. I thought to myself, I’ll just read a couple of chapters. HA!

As I began reading, our lives are described to be like a movie, in a way. Main cast, supporting cast, bit players, extras. However, on occasion, someone who doesn’t fit into any of those categories, appears in your life, mostly during difficult times. In the films, those people are considered a fifth business. Made sense….sounded interesting…I continued. For the main character, his fifth business was a young minister he met as a boy.

Soon, very soon, we meet 6-year-old Jamie Morton, who’s playing outside with his toy soldiers. A birthday gift from his older sister, Claire. As a shadow falls over him, he looks up to see the new town minister, Reverend Charles Jacobs. Right away, the Reverend makes an impact on young Jamie. Reverend Jacobs, his beautiful wife Patsy, and their little boy were very well liked by the townspeople. The boys crushing on Mrs. Jacobs, the girls crushing on the Reverend.

After an incident involving Jamie’s brother, Conrad, Jamie’s bond with the Reverend becomes deeper. (Not in the creepy sick way but in the creepy just creepy way.)

As a horrific tragedy befalls the Jacobs Family, a distraught Reverend stands before the congregation, mocking God and all his religious teachings. Stunned by the preacher’s outburst , the townsfolk pretty much force him out of their town. After reading this part of the novel, I could actually understand both parties point of views. It’s one of those, if you haven’t gone through it, don’t judge, kind of things. Although, I guess with books and films, you’re suppose to take sides(?). Who knows.

As time went on, after the departure of Charles “Charlie” Jacobs, 13-year-old Jamie fell in love with a guitar. During the following years, Jamie played with a number of bands all over the United States, leaving behind tragic events in his own family. By his mid-thirties, Jamie’s addicted to heroin, been booted from his latest band, stranded, sick, and desperately seeking more drugs. This is when his fifth business comes into his life a second time. Jacobs helps Jamie conquer his addiction, and eventually sends him on his way to a new job, a new life, a new beginning. Now, we know it doesn’t end there. The method used to help Jamie has some lasting…as Jamie refers to as aftereffects., which furthers Jamie’s old minister and his bond.

Over the next twenty or so years, a captivatingly frightening story unfolds leading to a petrifying ending, that leaves you wondering, “Does Stephen King knows something we don’t know…..?”.
This is the type of story that keeps “Stephen King” a household name.

I was engrossed in this 403 page work of epicness. I had to finish it, so I did. There was no way I could sleep not knowing what happened. The story still invaded my dreams. Great stories always do.

Highly, highly, highly recommend this book.

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