Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, this title tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work in a fairground and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever.
Joyland was a pure pleasure to read, to the point where it had me up reading all hours of the night even though I knew I should have been sleeping. I love Stephen King as an author. I’ve only read a few of his books, Carrie being the first, and so far he hasn’t failed to disappoint. As for the Hard Case Crime books, I had never heard of them before this book. I simply saw Stephen King on the cover and that is the pure reason I have read this, and rest assured, you do NOT need to read the 111 other books!
Short that this book may have been, especially for a Stephen King book, it did not fail to deliver the thrill and shock factor that comes with the territory. Stephen had me laughing and believe it or not, come the final few pages, he had me in floods of tears! Yes, I recommend if you’re a big ol’ sop at heart like me, have a box of tissues ready for the end.
The main character of the story, Devin Jones is as innocent as they come, and Stephen brings us on a journey over the course of a long summer of the growing of Jones, and how he loses a love, but gains another. We are constantly reminded throughout the book of a murder that has taken place in Joyland, that will leave you guessing right up to the end and leave you going “WHA??!??” when the murderer is revealed. So, if you’re a fan of good ol’ fashioned who-dunnits, or just a plain ol’ Stephen King fan, this book is the perfect choice.
I gave this book 4/5.