“There is just enough crime and supernatural in this story to justify some of the advertising descriptions, but what is there is very good. It's typical King fare - - good characterization, great descriptions, an engaging mystery and story. King knows how to immerse the reader in his world and does it effortlessly. His skills are so good you don't realize how easily he hooks readers into his plots. I think anything that he writes is worth checking out, especially if you have writing aspirations of your own. King is a writer that you should study. The story takes place in a carnival setting in the early 1970's and centers around the main character's coming of age, personal development and discoveries. His attitudes and philosophy are shaped by the events that occur while he works as an amusement park employee. There's a murder and a ghostly presence woven into the overall story that ties everything together in the final pages. Don't overlook King just because he is mega-successful. The man has earned his stripes. ”
Mike C wrote this review Tuesday, August 27, 2013.