Joyland - Stephen King


By Stephen King

  • Release Date: 2013-06-04
  • Genre: Hard-Boiled
Joyland book review score

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 529 Ratings)

Joyland Stephen King Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars



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, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever.

"I love crime, I love mysteries, and I love ghosts. That combo made Hard Case Crime the perfect venue for this book, which is one of my favorites. I also loved the paperbacks I grew up with as a kid, and for that reason, we’re going to hold off on e-publishing this one for the time being. Joyland will be coming out in paperback, and folks who want to read it will have to buy the actual book." –Stephen King

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User reviews about this book

  • A superb read

    By Bigcurt1948
    If you don’t shed a tear with the reading of this novella, then I feel sorry for you. I had a hard time putting it down and sorry that it ended. Maybe a movie can bring this to life. Of course I am an avid King reader and will continue to be.
  • Life is tough

    By papa dyer
    Being handicapped doesn’t stop life but makes each moment more precious. Life will go on but memories last and last.
  • Joyland

    By Am book reader
    A real “Joy”. The cover put me off but after reading it, it’s perfect. Enjoyed and recommend . Probably the only King book I haven’t read so a delightful surprise.
  • Stephen King does it again

    By Momma lips
    I just loved this story! Not his scariest but like The Stand, which is one of my favorites, his characters and story line made me wish for more. He is turning into a softie and I love it.
  • Must Read

    By Zurkia
    This is a must read! Loved this book.
  • Carnival Murder Mystery

    By Toni FGMAMTC
    This is great for someone wanting a little spooky without actual horror. It's a murder mystery and sort of a coming of age tale. I got into it. It has that eerie feeling like something is coming throughout and is pretty good storytelling in my opinion, kind of feels like a longer version of camp side ghost story.
  • Great Read

    By Vega00
    This was a great book to read by a great author definitely one of Kings best.
  • Not King’s Best

    By mikey12384
    This book is definitely not one of KIng’s best. The first half, or hundred pages or so, is pretty uneventful and not an interesting read unless one has a keen interest in the carnival life, or carny folk. The second half is more engaging, where the story gets more interesting and the reader meets some colorful characters, even if some of these characters i.e. Mike the wheelchair kid, seem borrowed from some B 80s horror movie. The ending when the mystery is solved didn’t really satisfy me either and again seemed borrowed from an earlier era. All in All I’d advise another reader to sit this one out.
  • Joyland

    By SAppelquist
    One of S. King's best in recent years. Love the setting at a carnival. Interesting characters. A mystery, crime novel and ghost story, all rolled in one.
  • Joyland

    By Wolfhead9
    Another oage turner from the master. Couldn't put it down. Thanks Mr. King!

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