After five years in a coma Johnny Smith sees visions when he touches people. At first no one believes him, but his talent becomes a curse when the visions come true. King is able to tell several stories within the context of this novel, including a murder mystery and a political thriller. An excellent read, a page-turner from start to finish.
Stephen King has written a gazillion words over the decades, but none of them come close to equalling this early classic. It’s got a little bit of everything that horror stories use to create tension and a cast that is biblical in breadth. An angel, a devil, a not quite a virgin mother and her workingman husband. A dystopian tale of plague and absolution, with a mostly happy ending. If you haven’t read it before, read it now. If it’s already in your library, read it again. You’ll be glad you did.