Review: Joyland

Joyland by Stephen King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Wow! What more can I say about this book. I bought the book (on Amazon’s Audible) without reading the blurb so had no idea what the story would be about. This is quite different to the typical Stephen King novel, it has a much slower pace and the supernatural element is almost secondary to the story. That said the characters (as usual) are extremely well described and detailed so you feel you know them and want to know what happens to them. The story ambles along and the story is set mostly around a theme park called Joyland and some of the characters that work there. This story has everything in it – love, sex, murder, ghosts and friendship.
I’ve always moaned about his endings but in this story Stephen King nails the ending, which wraps up all the loose ends. The conclusion brought a tear to my eye and I was sorry the story had to stop. This story might not appeal to traditional King fans – it made me think of a feel-good story like “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café”
The slower pace of this story is ideally suited to an audio book (it lasted 7 ½ hours!) – if you haven’t tried audio books give them a go – they are great if you are a dog walker or spend a lot of time commuting (both apply to me!)
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