Fans of Chelsea Cain and Lisa Gardner will devour this edgy thriller about the gruesome secrets hidden beneath a small-town amusement park. From the author of Creep, Freak, and The Butcher, Jennifer Hillier’s “fine knack for creating hideous killers” (Booklist) is vividly on display.
Welcome to Wonderland.
By day, it’s a magical place boasting a certain retro charm. Excited
children, hands sticky with cotton candy, run frenetically from the
Giant Octopus ride to the Spinning Sombrero, while the tinkling carnival
music of the giant Wonder Wheel—the oldest Ferris wheel in the Pacific
Northwest—fills the air. But before daybreak, an eerie feeling descends.
Maybe it’s the Clown Museum, home to creepy wax replicas of movie stars
and a massive collection of antique porcelain dolls. Or maybe it’s the
terrifyingly real House of Horrors. Or…maybe it’s the dead, decaying
body left in the midway for all the Wonder Workers to see.
Castro’s first day as deputy police chief of Seaside, Washington, is
off to a bang. The unidentifiable homeless man rotting inside the tiny
town’s main tourist attraction is strange enough, but now a teenage
employee—whose defiant picture at the top of the Wonder Wheel went viral
that same morning—is missing. As the clues in those seemingly disparate
crimes lead her down a mysterious shared path of missing persons that
goes back decades, she suspects the seedy rumors surrounding the
amusement park’s dark history might just be true. She moved to Seaside
to escape her own scandalous past, but has she brought her family to the
center of an insidious killer’s twisted game? Acclaimed author Jennifer
Hillier’s bone-chilling thriller is masterful and fast-paced, hurtling
toward a shocking, bloody conclusion.@goodreads
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1362976927 5 STARS
I thought this book was AWESOME. When I first saw the
book cover I was pulled right in, I mean it's wicked cool and looks
creepy! I love amusement park books, movies, stories...
thinking it was going to be some creepy clown or some deranged person
that escaped from a lunatic asylum running around taking people out.
Not, so much. This is a very long and drawn out book about murders that
are so complex you don't have a clue where to begin. I mean everyone in
this little seaside town know each other and everyone has a secret. All
of this revolves around WONDERLAND the second largest amusement park, but back in the day it was the largest.
of these boys over the years have been going missing. The book starts
out with who they call homeless Harry who had his face eaten off and was
found down by the Wonder Wheel. Then a boy named Blake who had climbed
the Wonder Wheel to prove a point and taking pics for social media goes
missing the same night that homeless Harry shows up. The thing is when
the new deputy police chief Vanessa Castro starts working on this case,
she finds out other boys have been missing over the years. What is going
on with these boys? Who is killing them? Are they all dead? Where did
they go? What in the holy clam bake is going on in the dungeons under
the creepy clown house? Wait... there is a dungeon? Why in the crap
didn't anyone tell Vanessa? Why didn't a lot of people tell Vanessa a
lot of things. She digs up so much stuff on this town it's insane and
let me tell you, the freaks don't just come out at night!
this craziness started many years ago with the first owner named Jack
Shaw. Now I'm not going to say what good ole Jack the jerk did, but it
was pretty bad and the town wasn't sad at all when he became..um...
removed. Then you have Nick Bishop the current owner and his daughter
Bianca and their VP of operations, Oscar Trejo.... DO NOT GET ME STARTED
ON THIS CRAZY TRAIN! All of these people, and there are more, make this
town a who dunit and why and what in God's green earth is wrong with
you people!!! They have all went bat sh*t crazy!
I loved it! I'm
going to buy it when it comes out in Oct. Right now you can pre-order
on Amazon the kindle edition for $1.99 or you can run over to Netgalley
and try to get a copy.
I had a lot of fun with this book, like I
said before, I love anything with amusement parks. Then you throw in a
wack-a-doo mystery/thriller/psycho/freaks......etc...... and you have
one awesome book. But that's just my opinion and you know what they are
I recommend to anyone that likes any of the many genres or descriptions I have mentioned here.
would like to thank NETGALLEY and GALLERY, THRESHOLD, POCKET BOOKS for
giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest