NOS4A2 Summary

The spine-tingling, bone-chilling novel of supernatural suspense from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fireman and Horns—now an AMC original series starring Zachary Quinto, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, and Ashleigh Cummings.

"A masterwork of horror."— Time

Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be.

Charles Talent Manx has a gift of his own. He likes to take children for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the vanity plate NOS4A2. In the Wraith, he and his innocent guests can slip out of the everyday world and onto hidden roads that lead to an astonishing playground of amusements he calls Christmasland. The journey across the highway of Charlie's twisted imagination transforms his precious passengers, leaving them as terrifying and unstoppable as their benefactor.

Then comes the day when Vic goes looking for trouble...and finds her way to Charlie. That was a lifetime ago. Now, the only kid ever to escape Charlie's evil is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx hasn't stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. On the road again, he won't slow down until he's taken his revenge. He's after something very special—something Vic can never replace.

As a life-and-death battle of wills builds, Vic McQueen prepares to destroy Charlie once and for all—or die trying.

Book Reviews


Joe Hill has a wild imagination4 star

This the second Joe Hill book I’ve read. Both were fantastic. First was The Fireman. Great reads that we’re hard to put and keeps you thinking long after you’re done. If you like Steven King you will like Joe Hill.45

Jen Shuster

I’m not sure4 star

I don’t know if I can say I liked this book or not. The main protagonist was very difficult to like, which was part of her character traits, but all I ended up doing was rooting for the “bad guys” more. Speaking of, the antagonists are the far more interesting characters in this book and I would have enjoyed much more backstory on Charlie Manx. The ending of the book that seems like a happy ending does not seem happy at all to me but is actually pretty messed up. Also there were a few things that I thought were left unresolved by the end. Otherwise, I found this to be suspenseful and very fun.45


Mediocre2 star

Drags on, and it feels like it. I barely finished the book and felt like I could've told you the end after reading the first 20 chapters.25


This is the worst book ever!1 star

I wish I hadn’t wasted my time or money. This book is overly violent and nonsensical. It’s premise is ridiculous and idiotic!15


Excellent book.5 star

I highly recommend it.55


amazing5 star

as good as his old man55


NOS4825 star

Just finished this book and I thought it had a new take on the Vampire genre. Enjoyed his writing and this book had some seriously good writing, I wasn’t aware he was Stephen Kings son when I began reading, apparently the apple does not fall far from the tree.55


A good one!4 star

I really enjoyed this book. It made me uncomfortable. It made me scared.45


Guys, nothing's missing!5 star

The sentences that seem to cut off? The end of the sentence is the title of the next chapter. Phenomenal book, as per Joe's usual. I love his writing!55


Fantastic Book!!!5 star

Amazing book. Great characters, great story, edge of your seat suspense, great ending - this book has it all. Highly recommend if your heart can take it.55

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