Joyland by Stephen King

Rating: 5 Stars
Genre: Supernatural Thriller
File Size: 1687 KB
ISBN-10: 1781162646
ISBN-13: 978-1781162644
Pages: 288

Joyland, a supernatural mystery by Stephen King, is a first-person retell of events that occurred in 1973. 21-year-old Devin Jones tells us about his summer experience working at the Joyland Amusement Park in Heaven, NC.  As Dev works in the park, he learns about the unsolved murder of a young woman whose ghost haunts the funhouse.  With the help of his friend, he learns of other similar murders and assumes that all the unsolved murders all are related.

As the story unravels, the reader learns about carny life, carny “Talk, ” and the particulars of Joyland. But the book is not all about Dev’s work experience and the mystery of the Carnival Killer. It is about coming of age, developing friendships, and being heroic; in fact, to me, those were the more interesting themes in the novel.