This is not the type of Stephen King book I remember from when I as younger. But, that doesn't mean it wasn't good - just different. There is no horror, only a little bit of suspense, but it did have a slight religious/supernatural undertone - until the end, that is. Then it ramped up but only in the last chapter.
This is the story of Jamie Morton, written from his perspective as a sort of memoir. The story starts when Jamie was 9 years old, back in the '60's. A new pastor has come to town, a young man in his 20's, with a beautiful young wife and adorable 3 year old son. Everything seems to be idyllic in the little country town in Maine, until tragedy strikes the pastor's family. From there, he starts to lose the plot. But, the pastor has a love of electricity, which he takes to the extent of researching and experimenting on the power of a "secret" electricity he has discovered - far more powerful and useful than standard electricity. He has found medical uses for it and can heal the un-healable with it.
But, his type of miracles come with a price, and some disturbing aftereffects.
Jamie's own life goes through it's own downward spiral, including alcoholism and drug addiction. The pastor also helped Jamie overcome his addiction, but from that point on their lives were destined to cross paths a number of times, leading to a climax which reveals what is on the 'other side' of death.
My rating is edging towards 4 stars, and would have achieved it if there was a little more scary stuff in the book, but that is just my preference. King's writing has tended to drift a little more towards the normal spectrum, with less monsters and scariness, but I still enjoyed this book and found myself turning the pages quite easily. A solid 3.8 stars for me.