Later by Stephen King – Review

Later by Stephen King
Series: N/A
Publisher: Hard Case Crime
Published March 2nd 2021
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Paranormal, Horror
Pages: 264
Format: Paperback
Buy: Book Depository | Amazon

The son of a struggling single mother, Jamie Conklin just wants an ordinary childhood. But Jamie is no ordinary child. Born with an unnatural ability his mom urges him to keep secret, Jamie can see what no one else can see and learn what no one else can learn. But the cost of using this ability is higher than Jamie can imagine – as he discovers when an NYPD detective draws him into the pursuit of a killer who has threatened to strike from beyond the grave.

Later is Stephen King at his finest, a terrifying and touching story of innocence lost and the trials that test our sense of right and wrong. With echoes of King’s classic novel ITLater is a powerful, haunting, unforgettable exploration of what it takes to stand up to evil in all the faces it wears.

This is a coming-of-age story about a boy named Jamie. He is a regular kid with one exception. He has a scary gift; a secret that his mom urges him to hide.

Jamie lives alone with is mother Tia. Everything was going great until some money related problems started to happen and changed their lives’ course.

His mother knows what he can do, but it scares her too. Seeing herself with no other choice, she decides to use his gift to save their lives. However, that exposes Jamie’s gift to Tia’s police officer girlfriend, Liz.

After their relationship ends badly, Liz continues to keep an an eye on Jamie. She knows what he can do now and it might just come in handy…

Later is not like any novel I’ve read before, neither is it anything like I was expecting (which is not saying much since this is King…). King does his best work with younger characters, he just has a way that grips you and keeps you tagging along for the ride.

Jamie was no different from other books I’ve read from King. I was completely at his and his tale’s mercy since the very beginning. I loved seeing him growing up and telling about what he could do. I loved his gift more than anything. I’m not going to reveal it here, because it’s the heart of the novel, but I’m going to say that although not exactly horror for me, it is for sure hell-a thrilling!

I really liked his relationship with his mom and how connected they were. I especially loved how much she believed in him, because sometimes even with hints, it’s not so easy to believe certain things that are inexplainable, especially from a child.

There’s a lot of “adventures” in this book and a lot of darkness too. I loved the environment and how gripping it got until the very end. It was both expected and unexpected and I can’t fully put this book in a box. It’s different, intriguing and gripping and I’m sure as hell I need to read more Stephen King…

What did you think of it? Have you read it? Let’s discuss it in the comments below!

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