★★★★★ 5 Nightmarish Stars★★★★★
★★ About the Book ★★
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.
Vanessa 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.
★★ My Review ★★
This is the first novel I have read by author, Jennifer Hillier, and it will not be my last. This book is a freakish, heart pounding page turner that will leave readers hanging on the edge of their seats. This is one you don’t want to miss out on. Every page- from start to finish- will enthrall and frighten you. It is intense, creepy, and twisted. I highly recommend it especially to those who love a good thriller. Hillier’s books will now be on my “must have” list. I can’t wait to read more!
The cover of this book is a façade. This is because the cover does not indicate what this book is going to be like. In all honesty, I picked up this book BECAUSE of the creepy cover and thought I would get a killer carny and other strange things of this nature. However, this isn’t what I got (and am happy about this). Instead of having a killer amusement park riddled with unnatural beings and horrible entities you get a small town hiding a dark secret. Within this town everything seems normal- a wonderful amusement park that brings in a ton of money, straight laced kids who only want to make money to leave said small town for a brighter future, posh adults who would rather sit at a country club and swindle their money away, and police who care about one thing, and one thing only-keeping the park up and running. Oh yea, don’t forget the missing boys who all share similar attributes and a…serial killer. Sounds thrilling and exciting doesn’t it? Well, it is. Don’t let the cover fool you! You get more than you bargained for.
Obviously, I loved this book. My eyes were glued to every single page and I had a hard time putting it down. For those who haven’t read this book I recommend you do so. It’s quite eerie and fun! Also, you will never guess who the killer is… That’s what makes it perfect!
★★ About the Author ★★
Jennifer Hillier writes about dark, twisted people who do dark, twisted things. Born and raised in Toronto and a proud Canadian, she currently lives in the Seattle area, which is where all her books are set.
She loves her son, her husband, her cat Kobe, the Seahawks, and Stephen King. Not equally, but close. She's the author of the thrillers CREEP (2011), FREAK (2012), and THE BUTCHER (2014), all published by Gallery Books. WONDERLAND is coming October 5, 2015. Her agent is Victoria Skurnick of Levine Greenberg Rostan.
She blogs about writing, publishing, and life in general at SerialKillerFiles.com. Check out her official website at JenniferHillier.ca.
★★ Books by Jennifer Hillier ★★