NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
A Novel

88%

29 Critic Reviews

This mean machine of a novel deserves to stand on its own tires—an instant classic.
-NY Journal of Books

Synopsis

NOS4A2 is a spine-tingling novel of supernatural suspense from master of horror Joe Hill, the New York Times bestselling author of Heart-Shaped Box and Horns.

Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. On her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she makes her way to a rickety covered bridge that, within moments, takes her wherever she needs to go, whether it’s across Massachusetts or across the country.

Charles Talent Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can slip right out of the everyday world, and onto the hidden roads that transport them to an astonishing – and terrifying – playground of amusements he calls “Christmasland.”
 
Then, one day, Vic goes looking for trouble—and finds Manx. That was a lifetime ago. Now Vic, the only kid to ever escape Manx’s unmitigated evil, is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx never stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. He’s on the road again and he’s picked up a new passenger: Vic’s own son.

 

About Joe Hill

See more books from this Author
Joe Hill is the New York Times bestselling author of Horns and Heart-Shaped Box, and the prize-winning story collection 20th Century Ghosts. He is also the Eisner Award-winning writer of an ongoing comic book series, Locke & Key. Follow him on Twitter @joe_hill. Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are 11/22/63, Under the Dome, and the Dark Tower novels Cell, From a Buick 8, Everything's Eventual, Hearts in Atlantis, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, and Bag of Bones. His acclaimed nonfiction book, On Writing, was also a bestseller. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.
 
Published April 30, 2013 by William Morrow. 995 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Crime, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
Bestseller Status:
icon16
Peak Rank on May 19 2013
icon2
Weeks as Bestseller
Add Critic Review

Critic reviews for NOS4A2
All: 29 | Positive: 27 | Negative: 2

NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Apr 28 2013

“NOS4A2” is full of chills and cliffhangers, but it never turns needlessly grotesque.

Read Full Review of NOS4A2: A Novel | See more reviews from NY Times

Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Jeff VanderMeer on May 23 2013

...Hill could have offered readers more complicated villains and more genuine surprises.

Read Full Review of NOS4A2: A Novel | See more reviews from Guardian

Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Mar 25 2013

With this novel, riveting from beginning to end, Joe Hill has become a master of his craft.

Read Full Review of NOS4A2: A Novel | See more reviews from Publishers Weekly

Kirkus

Excellent
on Mar 17 2013

Bonus points for being smart and having a young woman as a heroine who doesn’t need saving herself. Fun for all ages, though maybe with a PG warning.

Read Full Review of NOS4A2: A Novel | See more reviews from Kirkus

Examiner

Good
Reviewed by David Finniss on May 15 2013

It's a very gripping and entertaining read. The characters are great and the plot is engaging and well crafted.

Read Full Review of NOS4A2: A Novel

Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Rory O'Connor on Apr 22 2013

It does what great literature should do – bridges the gap between head and heart, real and imaginary, writing and storytelling.

Read Full Review of NOS4A2: A Novel

NY Journal of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by A. J. Kirby on Apr 28 2013

This mean machine of a novel deserves to stand on its own tires—an instant classic.

Read Full Review of NOS4A2: A Novel | See more reviews from NY Journal of Books

Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on May 03 2013

He doesn’t just tell a great, riveting and unforgettable story here. His imagery shines and sparkles even as he takes the ordinary, turns it a certain way, and makes it...something else.

Read Full Review of NOS4A2: A Novel

AV Club

Excellent
Reviewed by Tasha Robinson on Apr 29 2013

...none of the familiarity...gets in the way of NOS4A2’s profoundly satisfying narrative. At his best, King has always been about grounding fantasy and horror in a level of detail that makes it feel real. Hill accomplishes the same thing here.

Read Full Review of NOS4A2: A Novel | See more reviews from AV Club

Entertainment Weekly

Above average
Reviewed by Darren Franich on Apr 27 2013

Hill, son of Stephen King, has inherited Dad's addictive gothic-humor sensibility.

Read Full Review of NOS4A2: A Novel

Booklist Online

Good
Reviewed by Daniel Kraus on Jun 01 2013

Occasional drawings by Hill’s Locke & Key conspirator, Gabriel Rodriguez, add one more element to this vast and gangly but undeniably readable work.

Read Full Review of NOS4A2: A Novel

USA Today

Good
Reviewed by Carol Memmott on Apr 29 2013

...Hill imbues the pitter-patter of little feet with a terror you won't soon forget.

Read Full Review of NOS4A2: A Novel

Huffington Post

Good
Reviewed by Ilana Teitelbaum on May 01 2013

Hill here creates a cast of quirky, flawed, three-dimensional characters, with the tough anti-heroine Vic emerging incontrovertibly as the narrative lynchpin.

Read Full Review of NOS4A2: A Novel

Dallas News

Excellent
Reviewed by Joy Tipping on May 04 2013

As an ardent King fan, I’ve long fretted about what I’ll do for my horror fix when he stops writing. Now I’m not worried at all — we’ve found King’s perfect successor in Hill.

Read Full Review of NOS4A2: A Novel

Washington Independent Review of Books

Good
Reviewed by Ruth Tillman on Apr 30 2013

NOS4A2 is an excellent work of horror that stays with the reader long after the pages have been closed … especially when Christmastime rolls ‘round again.

Read Full Review of NOS4A2: A Novel

The Seattle Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Nisi Shawl on May 18 2013

...for anyone willing to submit themselves to Hill’s literary ministrations — sometimes gentle, sometimes gritty and abrasive — this novel will prove utterly absorbing.

Read Full Review of NOS4A2: A Novel

Tor

Excellent
Reviewed by Alex Brown on Apr 15 2013

...a hefty tale about a vampire, a slayer, and the boy caught between them...and like everything else Hill’s put his magic fingers to, it’s hard to put down and impossible to shake.

Read Full Review of NOS4A2: A Novel

Oregon Live

Good
Reviewed by Peggy McMullen on May 12 2013

Joe Hill's creepy supernatural suspense novel "NOS4A2" is enough to turn you off to Christmas, because Manx's very unpleasant fantasyland is anything but happy.

Read Full Review of NOS4A2: A Novel

The Columbus Dispatch

Below average
Reviewed by SAM THIELMAN on May 13 2013

Nobody could rightly call NOS4A2 a flawless novel. The author, Joe Hill, has several gimmicky affectations, as when he ends a chapter and starts the next one in midsentence — which gets old fast.

Read Full Review of NOS4A2: A Novel

PopMatters

Good
Reviewed by Zachary Houle on Apr 12 2013

...NOS4A2 is a book that sees Hill finally become comfortable as a horror writer, and as such has turned in his best novel to date yet.

Read Full Review of NOS4A2: A Novel

Chicago Tribune

Excellent
Reviewed by Michael Robbins on May 03 2013

...it's Hill's airbrushed flaming-skull inventiveness that lifts him alongside Michael Koryta and Dan Simmons as one of the hottest tickets in fantastic fiction.

Read Full Review of NOS4A2: A Novel

NY Daily News

Good
Reviewed by Sherryl Connelly on Apr 28 2013

The apocalyptic climax is fantastic. Which is a good thing to know in advance, because you do start to worry about how Hill is going to pull it off.

Read Full Review of NOS4A2: A Novel

SF Signal

Excellent
Reviewed by James Aquilone on Apr 30 2013

Joe Hill just keeps getting better...With his latest, NOS4A2, he establishes himself as a master storyteller.

Read Full Review of NOS4A2: A Novel

The American Book Center Blog

Good
Reviewed by Marianne van der Wel on Jun 01 2013

It is a story about (and for) the imagination. With a time span of sixteen years it is also about growing up and the loss of innocence. These can be heavy subjects to touch, but Joe Hill does it brilliantly.

Read Full Review of NOS4A2: A Novel

Keizertimes

Excellent
Reviewed by Terri Schlichenmeyer on May 13 2013

...an absolutely squirmy novel that’s better than anything Santa ever brought you. If that sounds like your kinda book, then “NOS4A2” is a ho-ho-whole lotta creepiness.

Read Full Review of NOS4A2: A Novel

Slant Magazine

Excellent
Reviewed by ABHIMANYU DAS on May 06 2013

...one of the most inventive, entertaining and—yes—distinctive voices in contemporary horror fiction.

Read Full Review of NOS4A2: A Novel

Fear Net

Good
Reviewed by Blu Gilliand on Apr 16 2013

It’s an amazing burst of pure imagination, a novel that simultaneously feels hopelessly bleak and endlessly hopeful. It’s also a sign of great things yet to come from Hill.

Read Full Review of NOS4A2: A Novel

This is Horror

Excellent
Reviewed by DAN HOWARTH on Jun 01 2013

With NOS4R2 Joe Hill has transcended the excellence of his previous works. He has brought pop culture, horror and fantasy together in a truly masterful book that will launch him even further into the stratosphere of mainstream recognition...

Read Full Review of NOS4A2: A Novel

Fayetteville Flyer

Excellent
Reviewed by Roger Barrett on Apr 29 2013

You never fall out of Hill’s spell because you never stop believing that what you’re reading is real, a rare and exceptional feat for a Horror/Fantasy writer. “NOS4A2″ is Hill at his most suspenseful and illuminating.

Read Full Review of NOS4A2: A Novel

Reader Rating for NOS4A2
85%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 3054 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review

Reader reviews & activity

User Review

Karen Russo 7 Aug 2013

Rated the book as 3.5 out of 5

User Review

John Gothal 9 Aug 2013

Rated the book as 4 out of 5

User Review

Jay Godfrey 19 Aug 2013

Rated the book as 4.5 out of 5

User Review

Sunny Chan 12 Sep 2013

Rated the book as 3.5 out of 5

×