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Book review: 'NOS4A2' a ride into the darkest regions of imagination

By Steve Larson

For the Deseret News

Published: Saturday, July 13 2013 12:30 p.m. MDT

"NOS4A2," by Joe Hill, William Morrow, $28.99, 704 pages (f)

In Joe Hill's new novel "NOS4A2," Victoria McQueen is typical in most ways, except when something is lost. It turns out Vic, as she likes to be called, has a talent for finding lost items.

She finds things after riding her bike to an old covered bridge. When crossing the bridge, Vic is instantly transported to the location of the lost item. Early in her life she uses her talent to find things her mother and others have lost, not questioning it, since it helps her keep peace in her otherwise turbulent household.

But as time passes she does begin to wonder. Then she uses the bridge to find someone who can help her understand what she can do. However, the answers to her questions bring even more mystery.

Vic does learn there are others like her who can travel using vehicles like her bicycle. One in particular is Charles Manx. It turns out Manx is a dangerous man who owns a magical 1938 Rolls Royce Wraith with a license plate reading NOS4A2.

Manx comes from a world he calls Christmasland, a place, according to him, where children can experience the joy of Christmas every day, a place he created just for children, where very few adults are allowed to go.

Using his Wraith, Manx travels between worlds to find children and take them back to Christmasland. Each trip seems to rejuvenate Manx while slowly transforming each child into something truly terrifying.

As Vic is drawn into Manx's world, she is forced to battle an evil she has never before experienced. Just when she thinks she has won, she learns she must face it all over again, this time to save the life of her only son.

"NOS4A2" is a well-written, dark and twisted play on the classic vampire tale and has also recently been on the New York Times best seller list. It is for those who enjoy exploring the darkest side of horror. This book is filled with numerous sexual references and lots of crude and explicit language.

Steve Larson is one of the founders of Information Alliance, a Utah-based data collection company. He currently serves as vice president of sales. Steve spends his free time writing and practicing photography. He also enjoys spending time outdoors.

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