Friday, June 13, 2014


Author:  Joe Hill
Year:  2013
Publisher:  William Morrow
Pages: 692

Goodreads Summary:
NOS4A2 is a spine-tingling novel of supernatural suspense from master of horror Joe Hill, the New York Times bestselling author of Heart-Shaped Box and Horns.
Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. On her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she makes her way to a rickety covered bridge that, within moments, takes her wherever she needs to go, whether it’s across Massachusetts or across the country.
Charles Talent Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can slip right out of the everyday world, and onto the hidden roads that transport them to an astonishing – and terrifying – playground of amusements he calls “Christmasland.”
Then, one day, Vic goes looking for trouble—and finds Manx. That was a lifetime ago. Now Vic, the only kid to ever escape Manx’s unmitigated evil, is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx never stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. He’s on the road again and he’s picked up a new passenger: Vic’s own son.

This was my first Joe Hill book but it definitely will not be my last. This was one of those creative, old-fashioned horror stories that 100% reminded me of Stephen King (who just happens to be his dad). It had that creepy vibe that makes your spine tingle. It's normal people that aren't quite normal and their special "talents" cause problems for them. At points I began to wonder about the main character's sanity (and Lord knows everybody in her world thought she was crazy). Yet, it turns out Vic wasn't crazy at all. Manx is a creature out of all nightmares. This book made me want to search out more horror stories.

One other thing that made me love Joe Hill even more were some references I caught to Stephen King's books and universe which made it seem all the more plausible that all the stories were happening together. Gotta love that the books are intertwined like that.


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