N0S4A2 by Joe Hill


NOS4A2 tells the story of  Vic, a girl who has a special ability to find lost things using her red bicycle and a covered bridge that leads her to whatever’s lost.  Her gift works great until she encounters a man with a similar ability, Charles Manx, who uses his “gift” to kidnap children.

Vic was the only child ever to escape from Manx and his Wraith, the car he uses to travel to his own special realm, an awful place called Christmasland.  As an adult, she puts aside the whole awful memory of what happened with Manx until her own son is in danger.

I loved this book.  I thought it was very well written.  Not only was there great character development, but the plot reeled me in from the very beginning.  What an amazing concept, that these characters are able to travel to a realm beyond our own.  Hill creates quite the villain with Charles Manx.  Whenever I see one of those classic cars that Manx drives, I get a little bit of a chill.  Vic is a spunky, loveable and at times stubborn protagonist.  I also have to note that Joe Hill is Stephen King’s son.  I think he definitely inherited his father’s talent.