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For fourteen years, Dax Howard has lived with the mystery of his mother’s disappearance. He’s tried to put it behind him: getting out of his dying rural hometown, going to college, studying astrophysics. But his father couldn’t get over his loss, wallowing in alcoholism and conspiracy theories about the traveling carnival that he believes kidnapped his wife. Dax never thou ...more
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Nov 10, 2019 rated it liked it
"Trailers filled with secrets, imbued with carnivalesque mythology---the mystery of it all."


Dark Carnival has a lot of interesting storylines to offer - there's a cult, a carnival, small-town partying, mysteries, and more. Although it had a lot of elements I was intrigued by, unfortunately, I had a tough time connecting to this story.

My biggest issue was that so much of the book was taken up by background information, and a lot of it felt unnecessary. The reader is g
Matt Cowan
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
Joanna Parypinski’s new novel Dark Carnival follows Dax Howard. Dax is a college student studying astrophysics who returns to his hometown of Conjunction, Nebraska due to the sudden death of his father. When Dax’s mother vanished fourteen years earlier, it drove his father into an exhaustive search for her and eventually to his becoming an alcoholic. He was always convinced she was taken by the strange traveling circus that had rolled into town and vanished the same night as Dax’s mother.

Joseph Scipione
Sep 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Soft 3/5 I was surprised by this book. I don’t usually read too much about a book and instead just dive in blind. I read this based on a recommendation I received. Based just on the title I was expecting something totally different than what I got. I don’t know if that tempered my reaction to it. That being said there was a lot to like about this book. Lots of creepy atmospheric stuff and a little bit of conspiracy to go along with it.
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