Revival: A Stephen King Novel


Revival from Stephen King is my latest read that I just finished and it was a good one. Are you a fan of Stephen King’s writing? 

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Have you read Stephen King’s Revival? Come on in and let me tell you about it! 

About Revival 

The new minister came to Harlow, Main, when Jamie Morton was a boy doing battle with his toy army men on the front lawn. The young Reverend Charles Jacobs and his beautiful wife brought new life to the local church and captivated their congregation. 

But with Jamie, he shares a secret obsession – a draw so powerful, it would have profound consequences five decades after the shattering tragedy that turned the preacher against God, and long after his final, scathing sermon. 

Now Jamie, a nomadic rock guitarist hooked on heroin, meets Charles Jacobs again. And when their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings.

Thoughts on Revival 

The narrative on the back of this book certainly captivated my attention. A preacher who turns against his faith? With a lot of mystery behind it, along with a heroin addict. That certainly sounds like it would be interesting! 

The story follows the lives of both Jamie Morton and Charles Jacobs, as their lives intertwine and they connect over the years. Charles Jacobs had, by most accounts, a pretty ideal life. That was headed in the direction he wanted it to be, until it took a very tragic turn. 

That is one of those experiences that changes someone, and there is absolutely no going back to who he was before that event. I’m not spoiling it for you, but that impact is completely relatable and understandable. King does a great job at expressing what many of us have gone through under different circumstances. 

That change would be evident in the fact he lost his faith, which isn’t a small change, given he is a preacher. At this point, he becomes the villain in the story. I like that aspect. Because it isn’t often talked about how someone becomes a villain in a story. I feel like Charles Jacobs should have been more of the main character than Jamie Morton was. 

Final Thoughts on Revival 

The story overall has a very sad and tragic vibe and feel to it. It isn’t particularly creepy until the end. I’m not sure if I like or dislike this fact. One of my favorite aspects of The Shining was the creepy factor. But Revival is missing that. It’s different, would be the best way to describe that. It has mixed reviews on this aspect, but like I said, I haven’t decided how I feel about that part. 

The one part that disappoints me is the ending. There is fantastic character development throughout the book, bringing relatable characters to life. Stephen King is a pro when it comes to character development, and the one I generally compare other writers to in this regard. But the ending felt very rushed to me. Stephen King took so much time to develop the characters throughout the entire book, and then really rushed through the ending. That part did not impress me. I went online after reading this to see if it was just me who felt this way, and I wasn’t the only one. 

Overall, it is a good book. Not necessarily the traditional writing style that Stephen King has developed in past books. The fact it is different does not sit well with some of his fans and lifelong readers. Revival has many mixed reviews, both good and bad. My personal opinion is that it was a good book, but I would have written the ending differently. The ending is the only part I can complain about in this book. 


Have you read Revival from Stephen King? Are you a fan of Stephen King? If so, let me know your thoughts in the comments! 

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About the Author 

Revival author Stephen King

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His first crime thriller featuring Bill Hodges, Mr Mercdes, won the Edgar Award for best novel and was shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger Award. Both Mr Mercedes and End Of Watch received the Goodreads Choice Award for the Best Mystery and Thriller of 2014 and 2016 respectively.

King co-wrote the bestselling novel Sleeping Beauties with his son Owen King, and many of King’s books have been turned into celebrated films and television series including The Shawshank Redemption, Gerald’s Game and It.

King was the recipient of America’s prestigious 2014 National Medal of Arts and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for distinguished contribution to American Letters. In 2007 he also won the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. He lives with his wife Tabitha King in Maine.

Revival author Stephen King

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  • Stephanie S.

    I have not read this novel. – But after reading the review for this I think my mother in law would enjoy this book. She really enjoys Stephen King books. I love your review too! Very detailed. I will pass this review off to her, and see what she thinks! Thank you for sharing.

  • Kelly Martin

    I haven’t heard of Revival by Stephen King. It sounds good but its always a shame when a good book has an underwhelming ending. I might still check it out.

  • Stella

    Stephen King has been hit and miss for me. Some of his books I’ve loved and the others I couldn’t finish. I am one of those readers who don’t finish every book they start. I love character lead books and the creepy factor isn’t a driver for me (although I do expect it when I pick up King) Your review has piqued my interest enough to download a sample to my Kindle.

  • Lyosha

    I love Stephen King novels, it’s my favorite vacation read but I haven’t read thhis one. alas, I was this close to actually discuss the book with you!

  • Britt K

    I am definitely a Stephen King fan, but I haven’t read Revival yet. I found that I was hesitant with all of the mixed reviews – I couldn’t help but feel like there was a chance that I would be left completely disappointed in it. However, I think might have to give it a try. It’s good to know, going into it, that there’s a chance that I’m going to feel like the ending falls short. At least then I am starting off with realistic expectations.

  • Smita

    Love love love King! Though I try and avoid his horror books – they scare me too much! That’s the reason I haven’t read The Shining. My favourites of his are The Stand and 11/22/63. Both have a great narrative and interesting characters, and not at all creepy.
    How creepy would you characterise Revival to be? Would perhaps then decide if I can read it or not!

    • The Prepping Wife

      I loved The Shining! Easily a favorite of mine, but it definitely had the creepy factor going quite well there. Revival is a lot more in line with 11/22/63 though. Good captivating story, but not creepy. I think if using The Shining and 11/22/63 as the benchmarks, you’ll like Revival.

  • Kat

    Books with mixed reviews are often quite interesting as, like in this case, there is something different about them. It definitely sounds interesting – I love novels with strong characters. Although I read a lot, I’ve never actually picked up a Stephen King novel, maybe something to change this winter!

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