by Stephen King

Reviewer Rating:


This engaging ghost story marked a return to top form for Stephen King in 2013. The gruesome killing at the heart of this story is not emphasized throughout most of the book. Instead, King focuses on telling a heartfelt, nostalgic story about coming-of-age in the 1970’s. 21-year-old Devin comes to work at a run-down seaside amusement park called Joyland in 1973 North Carolina and soon finds himself immersed not only in learning all aspects of carny life, but also the local legend of the ghost of a recently murdered girl who sometimes appears in the Horror House ride. I loved King’s liberal use of real and made-up carny lingo and the evocative descriptions of all the nooks and crannies of the amusement park. And the hair-raising ending provides a satisfying conclusion to the mystery. This is a top-notch thriller from a master of the genre.

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