Publisher: William Morrow
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.
Vic started out as an innocent character with a special ability. As time progressed she became hardened. Her views on life were jaded and she sought a thrill just to fill it. She makes many interesting friends/acquaintances who might understand her but because of her, they're in danger. It would draw a person away from people pretty quick. She's also the type of character that doesn't need to be saved. She can do her own saving, though she'd rather not have to be in a situation like that and who can blame her.
The action scenes were well timed, the writing is amazing and the horror element is truly horrific. I read a lot of horror and I still had moments of shock with “NOS4A2″. They weren’t brunt-force-trauma/gore moments either, they were eased in. Then in a sudden moment of realization I was left stunned. This was one of those books I had to close just to mull over what I'd just read. I loved that. I also liked the random illustrations throughout the book.
There's a scary element in this, for me. Christmasland would be a place I'd skip off to as a kid without a second thought.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Hill is the the second child of authorsStephen King and Tabitha King. His younger brother Owen King is also a writer. He has three children.
Hill chose to use an abbreviated form of his given name (a reference to executed labor leader Joe Hill, for whom he was named) in 1997, out of a desire to succeed based solely on his own merits instead of as the son of Stephen King. After achieving a degree of independent success, Hill publicly confirmed his identity in 2007 after an article the previous year in Variety broke his cover (although online speculation about Hill's family background had been appearing since 2005).
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