My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I have heard it said “that is life is stranger than fiction,” and in the instance of this book it proves to be half-true at least. Especially given the real world history event at the focus of this book’s plot, the JFK assassination. While some of the events did happen, they are altered to suit the story in such a way it makes a brilliant, thought provoking tapestry.
Given the English teacher protagonist Jake/George sent down a rabbit hole , to stop Lee Harvey Oswald is odd, but smart choice. As Jake is forced to confront what is right, and what is wrong. Using a notebook given to him from a old friend he explorers Derry Maine first, to try to understand what he is told is true. Trying to save a former student of his, and his family from being killed by their drunk father on Halloween. Managing to succeed in that not once, but twice he arrives in Texas after a short stop in Florida. Living on borrowed time, he takes a substitute teacher position in Jodie, Texas. As he waits he meets Sadie who falls into his arms, literally. Eventfully Jake/George becomes a important member of the school in an unexpected way. Managing to fall in love with Sadie. Unfortunately time travel is not without residue, as she tragically dies to save JFK and his wife. Going back through the rabbit hole, he realizes his noble actions had horrible consequences. Returning once more to the past, he does what is necessary to keep the horrible future from happening. While I wont spoil the ending, it will surprise you.