Review by Rachel
Time travel and the Kennedy Assassination. Pretty much the top one and two for conspiracy theorists everywhere, found together in a novel by Stephen King. Yep, you read that correctly; Stephen King.
Now King does occasionally branch away from his horror roots and, well let's be honest here, he can be incredibly hit and miss. When he does hit however, it's with the power of a nuclear fuelled train. You're felled. The Green Mile comes to mind as one such particular example.
I have to admit, I was a little reticent about downloading this one. Because King and I have had a difficult relationship over the years, boy has he let me down on occasion, I wasn't overly sure of this. However it's time for me to admit. I regret it. I regret ever being slightly hesitant of reading this book. I should have snapped it up the moment I heard about it, I shouldn't have delayed and made it take longer for Jake Epping to wander into my life and make the impression he did.
Jake's a recently divorced High School teacher who sets his evening class an essay entitled "The Day That Changed My Life." Little does he know that his life is about to radically change and his changes will change the whole world.
Every now and then you come across a book that's difficult to put down. My hands were practically glued to my Kindle. Dinner was burned, the dog was whining to go for a wee and every other little thing that's necessary to do was postponed. It's simply not possible to find yourself not completely immersed, feeling everything Jake is going through; his pain, his joy, his love and his loss.
Historical fiction takes a bit of a body swerve and predicts a possible future if Kennedy hadn't been assassinated. It's a leap, but it's a logical leap and the world ain't a pretty place. It's a sad truism that bad things sometimes have to happen to good people for good things to happen.
Read this, buy this, treasure this. You'll love it.