Wonderland

Wonderland

Book - 2016
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Welcome to Wonderland. By day, it's a magical place boasting a certain retro charm. Excited children, hands sticky with cotton candy, run frenetically from the Giant Octopus ride to the Spinning Sombrero, while the tinkling carnival music of the giant Wonder Wheel--the oldest Ferris wheel in the Pacific Northwest--fills the air. But before daybreak, an eerie feeling descends. Maybe it's the Clown Museum, home to creepy wax replicas of movie stars and a massive collection of antique porcelain dolls. Or maybe it's the terrifyingly real House of Horrors. Or...maybe it's the dead, decaying body left in the midway for all the Wonder Workers to see. Vanessa Castro's first day as deputy police chief of Seaside, Washington, is off to a bang. The unidentifiable homeless man rotting inside the tiny town's main tourist attraction is strange enough, but now a teenage employee--whose defiant picture at the top of the Wonder Wheel went viral that same morning--is missing. As the clues in those seemingly disparate crimes lead her down a mysterious shared path of missing persons that goes back decades, she suspects the seedy rumors surrounding the amusement park's dark history might just be true. She moved to Seaside to escape her own scandalous past, but has she brought her family to the center of an insidious killer's twisted game?
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2016
Edition: First Gallery Books print edition
ISBN: 9781501157509
1501157507
Branch Call Number: FIC Hillier, J 2016
Characteristics: 419 pages ; 22 cm

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vicreader
Apr 13, 2017

This book promises and delivers the creepy underside of a popular amusement park on the west coast. Written by former Torontonian, "Wonderland" is reminiscent of the CNE and Ontario's own Wonderland and takes the reader to another level with the strange disappearances of several young employees of the park. Filled with just enough twists to keep the reader hooked, this book will keep you intrigued until the end.

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40parachute
Oct 04, 2016

I looooooooooved this book! This is my second Jennifer Hillier book and I can't wait to read more of her publications! I was hooked from the beginning and never wanted to put it down! It had a fantastic element of creeptivity (my word)...the feeling of 'don't want to read it but I absolutely have to!' I liked that this story has an ick element without going into absolute gore like some mysteries lately. The fact that it took place in an amusement park and there is a clown museum...nobody likes faintly lit clown museums...and a lot of people hate old dolls...I loved everything about this book, the characters, the intertwining of the characters and storylines! This one really worked for me!

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