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Joe Hill, the acclaimed, award-winning author of the New York Times bestsellers 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. . . .

NOS4A2

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.

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NOS4A2
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1 person found this helpful
Awesome!
December 2nd, 2014
He gets better with each book. This was an awesome story and I eagerly await his next book. The son is well out of his father's shadow and his light burns brightly.
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Creepy and fun!
June 21st, 2014
A wonderfully crafted novel that could easily turn Christmas into a season of chills, beyond the particulars of weather.
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Spooky and fun
March 17th, 2014
Lots of neat little references to his father's work but still a great standalone read.
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
March 10th, 2014
Grippin g novel from start to finish. A wonderful talent who is carrying on a great tradition of eerie, macabre and unique storytelling exploring the dark side of humanity, while giving hope that the goodness will Triumph!
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1 person found this helpful
January 24th, 2014
This is a very dark and clever novel. Joe Hill has his own voice, but with echoes of dad (S.K.!) in it! A great read and here's hoping for many more like this to come.
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January 23rd, 2014
Joe Hill is my new "go to" horror author. NOS4A2 is a mind twisting, adrenaline rush of a story filled with some scary, and some surprisingly real characters. Although the evil are EVIL in this book, the good are also extremely fallible and likeable. Had dreams (nightmares) about this book weeks after I read it. Can't wait for what's next.
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January 23rd, 2014
I did not enjoy this book,I felt that the story line dragged on and I found myself getting bored,that being said however I did enjoy the ending
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January 23rd, 2014
NOS4A2 will take you on a ride of suspense and terror. Joe Hill sort of takes the concept of the Boogeyman to a whole new level. Not for the easily scared!! The book is long, but not too complex. Joe Hill hasn't disappointed me yet and I recommend this to fans of horror and suspense!
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1 person found this helpful
January 23rd, 2014
I enjoyed this book very much. I read the whole book in a couple of days.The story line reminds me of his father's books. I am not surprised that a son of Stephen and Tabitha King is such a promising author.
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January 23rd, 2014
I enjoyed this spooky supernatural story. A good read.
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January 23rd, 2014
In typical Steven King style, Joe Hill joins his peers, getting points for style, and originality in this story about the fine line between fantasy and reality; life and death. This thriller combines the horror of child abduction with the magic of Christmas and weaves a tale that could change your mind about the holiday trappings. Well told, well written, great imagination.
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January 23rd, 2014
A very exciting but often disturbing read. Joe Hill's characters are vividly depicted and riveting. This book was impossible to put down and I found myself reading until the wee hours of the morning dying to find out what would happen next between Victoria and Charlie. Highly recommended!
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January 23rd, 2014
This was my favorite book of 2013. Long, but always riveting and driven by an incredibly well drawn female protagonist.
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January 23rd, 2014
This is an incredibly detailed story that feels like Joe Hill's ode to his father Stephen King's writing style. It is a creepy, unsettling story with a very satisfying ending. The only flaw I see in it is that sometimes it's almost too detailed and certain sections in the middle drag a little bit. Still, this is a great macabre novel which will make you see Christmas in a whole new light!
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January 23rd, 2014
A suspense filled book - not a "great page turner", but a good read. It is certainly an imaginative book that offers the reader a thrilling ride, but not one that I would say captures you enough to come back for more of Joe Hill's work.
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January 23rd, 2014
I enjoyed this book very much. He has his own style of writing that made me not want to put it down. Stayed up too late a couple of nights too late.
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January 23rd, 2014
This book is by far my favorite one of the entire series. It's a page turner that keeps you hooked from the first chapter
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January 23rd, 2014
A disturbing, yet wonderful book.
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1 person found this helpful
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
January 13th, 2014
Much better then his last books! Enjoyed so much, character development is incredible and you feel like part of the book.
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January 9th, 2014
Excellent read! Joe Hill does a great job at building suspense and telling a riveting story.
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