Date: April, 2013
Publisher: William Morrow
Genre: Adult horror
What an amazing book! This is Joe Hill's first clunker of a book and it was well worth the effort. Where does a story go that contains a little girl that can ride her bike over a bridge and end up wherever she needs to be in order to find something, and a deranged man named Charlie that takes children for rides in his Rolls Royce Wraith (fueled by souls) to a disturbing place called Christmasland? Everywhere.
Not only does Joe Hill take a comforting, familiar holiday (Christmas) and turn it into something terrible (Christmasland), he offers an incredible amount of insight on trust and parenthood. In particular, his commentary towards motherhood is nothing short of amazing and is a great example of how this classically defined horror novel is more than just adrenaline fueled turn pages. Tough issues such as drug abuse, death, and psychological states are handled with finesse, and the result is a book filled with empathy and hope. These characters feel like real people and you can't help but root for all of them, even the terrible Charlie Manx.
This is by far, Joe Hill's best one yet.
If you are interested in reading this book, there is a link below that you can click to buy. :)