Review – Later by Stephen King

Posted May 11, 2021 by Carole in Reviews / 8 Comments

Review – Later by Stephen KingLater by Stephen King
Narrator: Seth Numrich
ISBN: 9781789096507
Published by Hard Case Crime on March 2, 2021
Genres: Crime, Fiction, Mystery & Detective, Police Procedural, Supernatural, Thrillers
Length: 6 hours 32 minutes
Pages: 268
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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“Part detective tale, part thriller…touching and genuine.” —The New York Times #1 bestselling author Stephen King returns with a brand-new novel about the secrets we keep buried and the cost of unearthing them.



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. But the cost of using this 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 from beyond the grave.

LATER is Stephen King at his finest, a terrifying and touching story of innocence lost and the trials that test our sense of right and wrong. With echoes of King’s classic novel It, LATER is a powerful, haunting, unforgettable exploration of what it takes to stand up to evil in all the faces it wears.

I really enjoyed this book! I bought the special edition hardcover edition but wasn’t sure when I would have the time to sit down and read the book so I decided to grab a copy of the audiobook from my local library and go that route and I think that might have been a good choice for this story. This was a relatively short read, especially for something written by King, but I thought that it told a really big story.

Jamie is a special little boy. This story opens with him at a very young age illustrating his unique ability. You see, Jamie can see dead people. He sees them just as they were at their time of death but their voices grow quieter as time passes. This isn’t something that his mother wants to talk about or admit is actually happening, until she needs Jamie to use his skill to help her out of a bind.

This story was incredibly entertaining. It may not have been the most original premise (Yes, I have watched that Bruce Willis movie) but I thought that it had enough of a unique twist to keep it fresh. I liked that the story kept me guessing with plenty of twists that kept me listening just a bit longer. I thought that Jamie was a great character and appreciated his point of view throughout the story. My only complaint would be the ending of the story. To me, it kind of came out of left field and just didn’t really fit with the rest of the story.

This was the first time that I have had the opportunity to listen to Seth Numrich’s narration and I must say that I was impressed. He did a fantastic job of bringing this story to life and captured Jamie’s character perfectly. I think that he added a lot of excitement to the story and I believe that his narration added to my overall enjoyment.

I would recommend this book to others. It was a fun shorter listen that I found to be rather hard to put down. I definitely plan to read more of Stephen King’s work in the future.

About Seth Numrich

Seth Numrich won the Evening Standard Award for Outstanding Newcomer for Sweet Bird of Youth at The Old Vic. Additional Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include: The Merchant of Venice (Broadhurst Theatre), War Horse (Vivian Beaumont), Golden Boy (Lincoln Center), Travesties (American Airlines), Orpheus Descending (Theatr Clwyd), and Fathers and Sons (Donmar Warehouse). Numrich starred in four seasons of the AMC drama Turn: Washington’s Spies and appeared opposite Daniel Radcliffe in the film Imperium.

About Stephen King

Stephen King is the author of more than sixty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes If It Bleeds, The Institute, Elevation, The Outsider, Sleeping Beauties (cowritten with his son Owen King), and the Bill Hodges trilogy: End of Watch, Finders Keepers, and Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel and a television series streaming on Peacock). His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller. His epic works The Dark Tower, It, Pet Sematary, and Doctor Sleep are the basis for major motion pictures, with It now the highest-grossing horror film of all time. He is the recipient of the 2020 Audio Publishers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2018 PEN America Literary Service Award, the 2014 National Medal of Arts, and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

8 responses to “Review – Later by Stephen King

  1. I LOVE Stephen King. I’ve thrown myself into IT years ago, took 3 months to read it.
    I’ve also read the MR. Mercedes series which was fun. I love that you read the audio book of this one, I’ll put it on my to-listen list! Thanks 🙂

  2. Ohhh ok. I need to read this one then. I think I have it on hold at my library, but our libraries are closed right now due to a third lockdown. Sigh.

  3. I have to buy books for Book Club this month and I was contemplating putting this one on the pile. But I think I might also go the Audio route after reading your review. I “discovered” Stephen King quite late in my life and have so much catch up to do! But I want to read this one for sure.

    Lovely review Carole!

  4. I have read a novella by King and I enjoyed it but his plots don’t usually appeal to me (and that massive page count!) but I like the sound of this and I love that cover!