Waiting on Wednesday: NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Breaking the Spine and serves to showcase those books we’re not so patiently waiting to arrive!

Joe Hill

William Morrow
Releases April 30, 2013
768 pages

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Charlie Manx burned a man to death in his black 1938 Rolls Royce Wraith, but that’s not the worst of it. Rumor has it that he kidnapped dozens of children, taking them to a place he calls “Christmasland.” The only child ever to escape was a very lucky girl named Victoria McQueen.

Vic has a gift – she can ride her bike through the Shorter Way bridge and she’ll come out the other side wherever she needs to be, even if it’s hundreds of miles away. Vic doesn’t tell anyone about her ability; no one would understand.

When Charlie Manx finally dies after years in prison, his body disappears...after the autopsy. The police and media think someone stole it, but Vic knows the truth: Charlie Manx is on the road again...and he has her kid. And this time, Vic McQueen’s going after him...

Apparently writing nightmare inducing stories that will give me chill bumps during the middle of the sunniest day is genetic. Joe Hill - son of Steven King - is a solid bet when it comes to horror and not necessarily the slasher gross-out horror that's commonly associated with the genre. Hill writes the type of horror that creeps you out gradually until you're too afraid to put the book down for fear that the monsters will come get you unless you make it to the end. Locke & Key is one of the best horror stories I've ever read, and it's only enhanced by his collaborator Gabriel Rodriguez's equally creepifying artwork.

So toss the horror in with suspense and this book has me anticipating some sleepless nights. But in a good way.