I don't usually read crime/mystery thrillers but I heard some good buzz about this book, and wanted to check it out. This book is proof that a good stI don't usually read crime/mystery thrillers but I heard some good buzz about this book, and wanted to check it out. This book is proof that a good story will draw you in, regardless of the genre. I found myself hooked from the get go, and the plot kept me guessing as the stakes grew higher and higher, and the consequences became more and more intense.
I really liked the main character, Pete, because he felt like a real person, flaws and all. I found myself rooting for him even as I shook my head at some of his stubborn stupidity. But he had heart, and that's what counts, and I liked that his struggle to save others was just as much a struggle to save himself.
In fact, all the characters were well-written and fleshed out, and added to the sense of realism in the story. Overall a really fun, captivating read, and I'm looking forward to what comes next!
First off, I love the whole vintage pulp look of this book - very refreshing in a sea of glossy, minimalist covers.
Second, the package does not quiteFirst off, I love the whole vintage pulp look of this book - very refreshing in a sea of glossy, minimalist covers.
Second, the package does not quite match the contents, not that I minded all that much, because Stephen King is such a brilliant writer.
This LOOKS like a crime/horror/thriller book. But it's not really any of those things, even though it does have elements of all three. What it really is is a really tender and wry coming of age story set against the backdrop of a beachside theme park in North Carolina called Joyland.
I loved the depiction of this "carny" world and all the quirky, well-rounded characters that inhabited it. King is masterful at creating fully realized worlds that feel as real as life. I enjoyed the main character's reflections on his youth, and I enjoyed the touch of paranormal that hovered between the pages.
The dialogue, the characters, the twist... it all made for a very entertaining and even touching story!
What a chilling novel of a most dysfunctional marriage and the mystery of a wife's disappearance!
I'm not normally one who reads thrillers or mysteriesWhat a chilling novel of a most dysfunctional marriage and the mystery of a wife's disappearance!
I'm not normally one who reads thrillers or mysteries, but after hearing so much about this book I decided to sample the first couple chapters on my kindle and see what all the fuss was about. 20 minutes later, I found myself immediately downloading the rest of the book and plowed through it over the next few nights.
First of all, Flynn is a great writer. Her dark humor, her descriptions of various people and their mannerisms, her crafty depictions of the sometimes twisted inner workings of one's mind, were all depicted with a perfect balance of literary skill and page-turning readability.
Her characters: so deeply flawed and even unlikeable... yet also strangely compelling, even addicting (but isn't that sort of the point?).
I found myself rooting for characters I WANTED to hate, and as more and more of the story got revealed, I found my own opinions and perceptions of these characters changed drastically. Yet it was clear by the end that no one is ever truly 100% innocent or "good".
This story was also a wry look at the ways a marriage can suffer through indifference, codependence, manipulation, and apathy... I could relate to this on several levels. Is there anything worse than realizing the person you married and committed to is no longer who you thought they were?
The story also remarked on media and its influence over public opinion - how a crime becomes a form of public entertainment and the truth is less important than the sensational story that hovers at the surface.
I really enjoyed the little twists and turns... the shocking reveals and carefully laid clues with double meanings. The story kept up a good pace and moved along briskly. I felt the last third felt a little rushed... things felt a little TOO convenient as the story began to wrap up, and I found it harder to suspend disbelief, hence my 4 star rating.
The ending... without giving anything away, at first it left me feeling really "off" and it bothered me for a while. But then i realized it actually was the perfect ending for this book - absolutely twisted! It even had a rather creepy, horror-story vibe to it... the kind that leaves you shuddering and feeling dread even after you turn the last page.
Anyway, it was an entertaining read and I look forward to reading more of Flynn's work!...more