I saw this book on the shelf at the library for quite a few weeks before I decided to pick it up and figure out what the title meant….I know, it was a busy time of life what can I say. After I read the book jacket I knew I had to read it. It looked to be full of supernatural talents and creepy bad guys, just my speed for summer reading. Now, you might look at this book and think “holy crap that’s long!” But trust me when I say it did not feel like a long book at all.
This not your typical Dracula novel. This book is about Victoria McQueen, our heroine, and Charlie Manx, our villain. Victoria has a special talent for being able to find things. All she has to do is ride her bike fast across an old bridge and on the other side she finds herself where she needs to be. Charlie has his own special talent. He can take children for a ride in his Rolls-Royce Wraith, with the vanity plate NOS4A2, to Christmasland but by the time they get there they are forever changed and not for the better. What does he get out of this? Well, you have to read the book to find out. Our heroine and Charlie cross paths and it doesn’t end well for Charlie. Now Mr. Manx is out for revenge and he knows just how to get it. Victoria needs to defeat him but how can she do that when everyone thinks she’s crazy, and sometimes she’s not too sure about her sanity herself?
This is a classic battle of good vs. evil. Mr. Hill did a great job in weaving this story together. I loved the way a lot of the time I wasn’t sure if I should be rooting for our heroine or not. I wasn’t sure if they “good guys” could hold on to their goodness long enough to defeat evil. I really liked not knowing. What if the evil won? What then? This book will keep you turning the pages as fast as your fingers can fly. The characters where real, believable and refreshingly imperfect. I loved the fact that the characters in the book who had special “gifts” did not get these gifts for free. There were consequences involved and prices to be paid. Usually as a reader I will learn about a character in a book that has a supernatural skill and think “wow, I wish I could do that”, but these characters certainly make you think twice about wishing to have supernatural abilities.
When I started reading the thought kept popping into my mind that this was very “StephenKing-que” (pretty sure that’s a word) and that same week a trivia question came up at the library about Stephen Kings sons….Ah-Ha! Joe Hill is his son…did you know that? I didn’t. I’m so glad that dad passed on his talents! Hopefully his talents don’t exact the tolls that they do in NOS4A2.
If you like the supernatural and the super scary this book is for you, you will not be disappointed.