Dallas, 11/22/63: Three shots ring out.
President John F. Kennedy is dead.
Life can turn on a dime—or stumble into the extraordinary, as it does for Jake Epping, a high school English teacher in a Maine town. While grading essays by his GED students, Jake reads a gruesome, enthralling piece penned by janitor Harry Dunning: fifty years ago, Harry somehow survived his father’s sledgehammer slaughter of his entire family. Jake is blown away…but an even more bizarre secret comes to light when Jake’s friend Al, owner of the local diner, enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession—to prevent the Kennedy assassination. How? By stepping through a portal in the diner’s storeroom, and into the era of Ike and Elvis, of big American cars, sock hops, and cigarette smoke… Finding himself in warmhearted Jodie, Texas, Jake begins a new life. But all turns in the road lead to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald. The course of history is about to be rewritten…and become heart-stoppingly suspenseful.
When I first heard about this book, it was actually the hulu series based off of it. I watched it first because I had no clue it was a book, when i finally did get my hands on the book James Franco was of course Jake Epping while I read. I have to say this has been one of my favorite reads so far this year! I give it a 6 out of 5 stars, its really well written and really moving.
I may be a little biased of course because historical fiction is my favorite genre, so the fact that it involved some history in it was thrilling. This is the first Stephen King novel I have read, and it makes me want to read more books by him. Despite the thickness of the book it isn’t hard to read, everything is easy to understand.
Every “Oh my gosh” moment is concealed up to the last moment, its amazing! I would really recommend this book to anyone who wants to read something a little thicker. Even for people who aren’t really readers this book will definitely catch your interest.
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