Book Review: Later

LATER | Stephen King
03.02.2021 | Hard Case Crime
Rating: 5/5 stars


The son of a struggling single mother, Jamie Conklin just wants an ordinary childhood, but Jamie is no ordinary child. Born with an unnatural ability his mom urges him to keep secret, Jamie can see what no one else can see and learn what no one else can learn. The cost of using his ability is higher than Jamie can imagine – as he discovers when an NYPD detective draws him into the pursuit of a killer who has threatened to strike beyond the grave.

LATER is the perfect example of how Stephen King absolutely nails the coming of age story with a supernatural twist. Constant Readers and those new to King’s style are in for an absolute treat with this one! 

Our main character, Jamie, is just a kid. He’s a kid with the ability to communicate with the dead and with that comes a host of issues he never sees coming. Jamie is that genuine kind and loyal character King creates with kids in his books so well. Generally I fall in love with King’s younger characters in his stories and Jamie is no exception. He’s easy for the reader to care about and want to fight for. His ability adds an interesting aspect not just to his personality, but it also influences those who know about it. 

As with all abilities King gifts his characters, there is always a price for being different. This time that price could mean death. This threat builds tension throughout the story that creates a binge-worthy read. I absolutely loved the pacing of this story and the old school noir vibe overarching the entire book. Basically, I loved LATER and you should get a copy ASAP!

This book is available to buy from: Amazon Book Depository

Disclosure: What Jess Reads is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to This in no way influences my opinion of the above book.

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