“Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. On her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she makes her way to a rickety covered bridge that, within moments, takes her wherever she needs to go, whether it’s across Massachusetts or across the country.
Charles Talent Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can slip right out of the everyday world, and onto the hidden roads that transport them to an astonishing – and terrifying – playground of amusements he calls “Christmasland.”
Then, one day, Vic goes looking for trouble—and finds Manx. That was a lifetime ago. Now Vic, the only kid to ever escape Manx’s unmitigated evil, is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx never stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. He’s on the road again and he’s picked up a new passenger: Vic’s own son.”
Oh holy shit! 🤭 Dude! JOE!!! I really need to pick apart his brain. The man is amazing! I just finished 692 pages of pure awesomeness! Gah! I can’t believe it took me so long to read this. I’ve previously read Horns and loved it! I can honestly say now Joe is in my top 5 favorite male authors! He maybe even be ahead of his dad now, Stephen King 🤦🏻♀️😮. So anyway on with the review…..
Charles Talent Manx! Oh man what a villain. He‘s creepy and evil, yet at the same time you almost want to hug him. But not very often. The whole concept of Charles is just amazing. Wonderful character. I would have loved to have learned more about Charles. More about his background and how he grew up. Maybe a short story is needed 😉😉
Vic McQueen! I thought at first she might get annoying since a lot of the story centers around her. But she didn’t. I really enjoyed her character. She wasn’t too over the top. She was well developed. Her pain felt real and her actions seemed realistic for what she went through.
Lou! Oh Lou! That man is like a giant teddy bear that I want to cuddle with. With everything that happened he remained amazing. I loved how his story ended and I felt like it was a good way for his life to go.
Wayne! Bruce Wayne! I love that kid!
With the way Joe wrote I actually felt like I could picture this world in my head. In fact I even dreamed I was in the book as a main character. But I was still myself. Very good job with describing the world.
The ending! I did like the ending he gave. I had visions of 2 other ways it could have ended and would have made for an awesome book as well!
Overall amazing book!!!!! 5/5 ⭐️
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