One of King’s frequent detours outside horror, Joyland slots into Titan’s Hard Case Crime series, more usually home to
the hard-boiled likes of Donald E. Westlake. Years ago, King would have written this as Richard Bachman. Part-mystery, part-ghost story, and part-coming-of-age novel, there are hauntings and unsolved murders centred on the titular low-rent funfair attraction. A fraction of King’s usual length, its focus still isn’t quite as tight as you’d like it to be.
Reviewed by Owen Williams