I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Joyland by Stephen King
on June 4, 2013
Genres: Adult, Mystery
Narrator: Michael Kelly
Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
“I love crime, I love mysteries, and I love ghosts,” says Stephen King, who has combined these elements into a wonderful new story. Joyland is a whodunit noir crime novel and a haunting ghost story set in the world of an amusement park.
It tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a ‘carny’ in small-town North Carolina and has to confront the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the way both will change his life forever. It is also a wonderful coming-of-age novel about friendship, loss, and your first heartbreak. Who dares enter the funhouse of fear?
I did have just a few hesitations when I found out Joyland isn’t Stephen King’s regular horror fair, but then I reminded myself of The Body, The Green Mile, and Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. I hoped that this would be a story as good as those and it was.
At its heart Joyland is a coming of age tale that anyone could relate too. Devin Jones tells us the story of the summer his heart was broken, the summer he saved lives by chance, and the summer he solved a murder.
Dev’s story is entwined with that of the ghost that haunts the horror house at Joyland. The mystery is a good one. I did figure it out before Dev but not by much.
The audiobook is read by Michael Kelly. He has a pleasant voice and it was so easy to picture him as Dev. I’ve listened to some audiobooks and thought the narrators weren’t a good fit but that wasn’t the case at all with Joyland.
I really can’t recommend this book enough. The story and characters were so well done that I continued to think about them long after I was done.