Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Author: Joe Hill
Hardcover: 704 pages
Publisher: William Morrow (April 30, 2013)
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.
I don't want to take anything away from Joe Hill, but it's obvious the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. This appears to be a Stephen King novel. No, I'm not saying Stephen wrote this book, I'm saying it's obvious that the DNA runs strong through the gene pool. Even the size of the book competes with Stephen's.
I have read a few Joe Hill books before and found them similar in genre but nothing more. Take the title off of this book's cover and you'd think somehow you missed Stephen's latest book.
BUT...saying that - I have always been a fan of Stephen's writing so I'm a fan of this book. All the creepiness and human interactions that are thrown into those novels are here in this one. Suspense from page one.
This is a good book and keeps you gripped through the pages. I do recommend reading it. You just feel like someone else wrote it.
I did enjoy the little homages to a certain someone that are in the book.. a St. Bernard, a car that drives itself...........