By Stephen King

Later - Stephen King
  • Release Date: 2021-03-02
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 2,049 Ratings


“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.


  • Fantastic

    By brock_zahler
    Loved this book! I have been hesitant to get back into Stephen King, because I find his older stuff much too long and descriptive. This was just the thing. It’s definitely still scary and for sure inventive. I would love to read more about this character in this format. Would recommend to anyone who likes crime or horror!
  • Happy Halloween Month

    By Scott_A_Miller
    4 Stars. I love these throwback, pulpy books by King. This one was a great fall read. I always enjoy King in the fall. It’s his time, I think. As usual, the characters drove the book. No one creates them better than he does. I almost feel like there is more to this story. Maybe a lot more. I guess we’ll see. Happy Halloween Month.
  • Quick read

    By loganessmoma
    If that was such thing for a Stephen King novel. Really enjoyed this book. Kings style of writing fits perfectly in my mind. I liked the character engagement with the reader.
  • Good read

    By Kelro58
    A page turner with a few nice twists. Classic SK
  • King’s Storytelling at its Finest

    Look, there are a lot of subpar ratings out there for this piece, and in some ways I can understand. Let me use a comparison to some of my favorite comedy. I love a stand up who can make you laugh for fifty five minutes and then leave you with the last five as morality, inner retrospective and philosophical commentary and then end with a good joke. This is what King does in ‘Later’. He gives you a great suspense story based in the spiritual realm and will give you a reason to keep reading through 95% of the story. The retrospective at the end serves as the button, the recap, the application to the story itself. Those who complain about the story are taking it at face value. This is a must read if you’re a King fan, but you must allow yourself to feel, learn, and most important: self identify,
  • Fantastic

    By Tbrown9217
    Great storytelling!
  • Couldn’t put it down

    By Jeana039
    Later kept me wanting more. The descriptions of the ghosts was very visual, like I was watching a movie and not reading a book. At some lines I was covering my eyes. The ending was a unexpected surprise.
  • I want more

    By Nitro Kim
    I have been reading King since I was a girl. Now at 64 I still can’t put him down. We are, in fact, constant companions! Later is a quick read and as ever, brilliant storytelling. But, I want more. I want Jamie to become a detective and use his special powers! Liz said it, he would make a great detective, the Dead’s Detective. Enjoy Later. But I guarantee, you WILL want more!
  • Great story

    By Sandybeaches62
    The kind where you thinks about the characters later on !
  • Pretty Good…

    By Meems3
    Not bad…as always I enjoyed reading it during my treadmill workouts.