Audie Award Finalist, Solo Narration - Female, 2014
Joe Hill, the acclaimed, award-winning author of the New York Times best sellers Heart-Shaped Box and Horns, plunges you into the dark side of imagination with a thrilling novel of supernatural suspense that will have you flinching at shadows and checking the rearview mirror again and again....
Don't slow down
Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.
Charles Talent Manx has a gift of his own. He likes to take children for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the vanity plate NOS4A2. In the Wraith, he and his innocent guests can slip out of the everyday world and onto hidden roads that lead to an astonishing playground of amusements he calls Christmasland. Mile by mile, the journey across the highway of Charlie's twisted imagination transforms his precious passengers, leaving them as terrifying and unstoppable as their benefactor.
And then comes the day when Vic goes looking for trouble...and finds her way, inevitably, to Charlie.
That was a lifetime ago. Now, the only kid ever to escape Charlie's unmitigated evil is all grown up and desperate to forget.
But Charlie Manx hasn't stopped thinking about the exceptional Victoria McQueen. On the road again, he won't slow down until he's taken his revenge. He's after something very special - something Vic can never replace.
As a life-and-death battle of wills builds her magic pitted against his - Vic McQueen prepares to destroy Charlie once and for all...or die trying....
Joe Hill's acclaimed works of fiction, Horns, Heart-Shaped Box, and 20th Century Ghosts, have already earned him international acclaim. With NOS4A2, this outstanding novelist - "one of America's finest horror writers" (Time magazine); "a major player in 21st-century fantastic fiction" (Washington Post) - crafts his finest work yet. Disturbing, mesmerizing, and full of twisting thrills, Hill's phantasmagoric, devilishly playful masterpiece is a terrifying high-octane ride.
©2013 Joe Hill (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers
"Quite simply the best horror writer of our generation, Joe Hill’s masterful storytelling is on full display in NOS4A2. It is by turns terrifying and hilarious, horrifying and full of heart, and relentlessly compelling." (Michael Koryta, New York Times bestselling author of The Prophet)
"Fascinating and utterly engaging, this novel is sure to leave readers wanting more. One thing is for certain, however. After reading this book, readers will never hear Christmas carols in quite the same way again." (Library Journal, starred review)
"[A] new take on the fantasy-horror genre...Highly recommended." (The Sun Herald Sydney, Australia)
I read the reviews so knew this book would be odd but that's an understatement. Way beyond the realm of reality, dark, and twisted. It will leave an impression but not really a good one. I personally wouldn't recommend it. I enjoy odd tales but this ones goes a bit too far.
less than what I expected after reading the posted reviews. The story seemed to remain in a stall pattern, not quite moving anywhere. Stephen King has been a favorite author of mine, his son has far too go before he will compare.
The narrator was superb. Story was scary.
The way the story unraveled from childhood to adult abd then back. The car that never quit and all the scary events. It was a very strong story.
She is the link to the story. She takes on every character and brings them to life. No read could capture the intensity that she brings to the story.
The way that the ornaments control events. It is a fantasy with teeth.
Very good book. Joe Hill is an amazing author.
This book is scary, crazy, sinister and good! The apple didn't fall too far from the Stephen King tree. Joe Hill (King) knows how to weave a web of terror and take something innocent and beautiful and make it dark and hideous. He may have ruined Christmas music for me, forever! Stephen King has always had some trouble ending a book but Joe wraps everything up nicely and leaves you wanting to sleep with the lights on.
If I were to ever write anything, I would want Ms. Mulgrew to record it. What talent!
This book reminded me of a Stephen King novel. I love Stephen King books, but felt this book fell a bit short at the end. We spent a lot of time becoming invested in our heroine - and only a footnote about her exit. The narration was great!
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