Written from the perspective of an older man looking back to his youth, Joyland is an engaging part coming-of-age tale/part mystery caper about a young man who finds himself working at a boardwalk amusement park, which becomes a refuge for his youthful disillusionment. There he becomes intrigued by a dark ride and the ghost which inhabits it, which leads to an exciting final act. With its suspenseful drive and a relatable tale about the major life events and pivotal decisions we all encounter in that strange, little gap between high school and college, Joyland is a surefire "one-nighter" read for a rainy evening.
A stunning new novel from one of the bestselling authors of all time. Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, "Joyland" tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder.