My rating: 4 of 5 stars
It’s been years since I last curled up with a good Stephen King tale and reading this was like catching up with an old friend. I’d forgotten how much I enjoy King’s storytelling and unique style. I’d say reading a King novel is a guilty pleasure, if he wasn’t such a fine writer.
When King’s protagonist Jake Epping is clued in to a portal back in time, to say his life is never the same is an understatement. Stepping into the year 1958, Jake has the opportunity to alter one of the most infamous moments in recent history–the assassination of JFK. With that responsibility comes all the attendant moral and psychological quandaries that ripple out from a change in history. How Jake goes about planning and executing his mission to intercept Lee Harvey Oswald, all the while navigating the unfamiliar (yet strangely familiar) decades of the middle 19th-century, makes for a very entertaining bit of escapism. King displays his trademark ability to create vivid, believable characters while spinning a wicked time travel tale in which time itself is a force to be reckoned with.