Release: 9th October 2014
Joe Hill teaches the world how to write horror, and that Christmas isn’t always the happiest time of the year in this atmospheric thriller.
NOS4R2 tells the story of Victoria McQueen, a young girl who when she rides her bike has the ability to ‘find’ things. No matter where they are, if she thinks of them, she can find them. Until she finds herself in the place called Christmasland. The home of Charlie Manx, who kidnaps young children in his Wraith and takes them far away, to where they’ll celebrate Christmas forever. NOS4R2 explains how Victoria got away…and why she’s on the run from Manx once again.
I’ve never read anything by Joe Hill before and all I knew him for was writing Horns. When I saw this in the shop I picked it up out of curiosity and I am incredibly glad I did. This was hands down the best horror book I’ve read other than the ones by the King himself. It was exactly what a horror book needs to be. It has suspense, it had creepiness, and it just had me on the edge of my seat.
The chapters were extremely cleverly written. For a majority of the chapters, the title of them was the location of where the chapter would be set, and the title of the chapter would finish the last sentence previous. I’ll put an example below! It was so clever how this was done and really added something to the story.
I loved the split narrative in the book, the beginning starts out with the young Victoria and then carries on into her older life, along with Manx’s journey too. This was such a brilliant way to create the narrative as it really helped you to include yourself and understand every part and reason behind each other characters actions.
My favourite thing in the entire book though was Charlie Manx’s character. He was such a great villain and Joe Hill wrote him perfectly. You can tell the Joe Hill is Stephen King’s son, because he has the King talent at writing perfectly created villains and Manx was no different. He was creepy and constantly puts you on edge, rather than being over the top with the horror and violence.
A lot of horror books recently have a tendency to overuse the gore and violent aspect to help increase the horror. This book definitely doesn’t need that and it was such a breath of fresh air to have a truly scary and creepy book in the traditional way it used to be.
I just loved this book, and it was the best book to read if you’re in the mood for a good atmospheric horror. It’s made me a true fan of Joe Hill now, he definitely takes after his father.
If you want a good horror, or a new author that writes just as amazing as Stephen King, then this is the book for you!