By Keith Staskiewicz
Updated January 07, 2015 at 05:00 AM EST
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King dedicates his latest novel to a laundry list of horror-genre influences — foremost, annalist of the weird H.P. Lovecraft — but Revival ends up being one of the author’s quieter, less scare-heavy works. It’s primarily the story of Jamie Morton, whose life ineluctably intertwines with that of the not-so-good Rev. Charles Jacobs, a small-town man of God whose experiments with electricity turn disturbing when he loses his wife and child in an accident. The early chapters are honeyed with King’s well-established brand of coming-of-age nostalgia, and the story quickly settles into a cozy groove — before long you’re reading pages almost faster than you can flip them. B+

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