Joyland, Stephen King (Hard Case Crime [Titan Books], 2013)


twenty-first century classics

A new coming-of-age novel is on the block, and it’s from a rather unlikely suspect…


First there was Holden Caulfield, the “catcher”, and then the “wallflower” Charlie, but now Stephen King, typically known for his ability to thrill and terrify, has brought us Devin Jones, a new teenage protagonist we are able to empathise with.

Devin recounts the story of his time working at Joyland, a funfair in North Carolina, where he has taken up a summer work placement. In his 20s, he is nursing a broken heart from a previous love, naively believing she will change her mind; but it is another girl who will be on his mind throughout the summer.

Linda Grey had been found dead just four years previously after entering the Horror House ride. Her ghost still looms, and Devin, intrigued by the mystery, begins to dig deeper, making some horrifying discoveries…

King himself stated…

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2 responses »

  1. Hi Jane, thank you very much for reblogging my post!! I hope you liked it 🙂 please check out the other reviews I have on my blog – especially that of One Day by David Nicholls. I think you`ll definitely like that one judging by what you said in your “About” section. Good luck with the blogging!!

    • You’re welcome 🙂 Please check my latest group blog made by me and my friends: . I hope you’ll like it, too. And I’d definitely check your other posts. Thank you for your encouragement!

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