11.22.63 is the story of Jake Epping (also known, later in the book, as George Amberson) and his attempts through time travel to save former president John F. Kennedy from assassination. He believes if he does this the world will become a better place. But it’s not as simple as going back in time, popping one in Lee Harvey Oswald’s head, then returning to the 21st century to bask in a renewed and beautiful present-day America. He needs to be certain Lee was a lone shooter. He needs to be certain there aren’t any loopholes that can come back to bite his plan in the ass. And without any definitive proof either way, he chooses the safe option: to investigate and follow the infamous Oswald from afar.
During this time, he falls in love with a librarian called Sadie — who’s harbouring a dark secret that’s intent on catching up with her — and pretty soon the past begins throwing roadblocks up to stop Jake Epping/George Amberson from toying with the world’s only known reality. And as the story rockets along through a twisting road of romance and suspense, the tension soon intensifies and elevates, leading to a powerful climax.
In short: if you like your stories with scope, brains, humour and horror all mixed into one, then this is the perfect book for that.
This is Stephen King on form.
This is the master at his best.
And if you’re a not fan of King already, this might just convert you.
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