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Fans of Chelsea Cain and Lisa Gardner will devour this edgy thriller about the gruesome secrets hidden beneath a small-town amusement park. From the author of Creep, Freak, and The Butcher, Jennifer Hillier’s “fine knack for creating hideous killers” (Booklist) is vividly on display.Welcome to Wonderland. By day, it’s a magical place boasting a certain retro charm. ExcitedFans of Chelsea Cain and Lisa Gardner will devour this edgy thriller about the gruesome secrets hidden beneath a small-town amusement park. From the author of Creep, Freak, and The Butcher, Jennifer Hillier’s “fine knack for creating hideous killers” (Booklist) is vividly on display.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? Acclaimed author Jennifer Hillier’s bone-chilling thriller is masterful and fast-paced, hurtling toward a shocking, bloody conclusion....

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wonderland Reviews

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    2019-03-20 18:03

    I love amusement parks featured in the story line of books. So I got all hyped up to read this book and fizzled.The story starts off with a Wonderland employee ticked off because the CEO of Wonderland (A thirty something year old woman) has ended their affair. So he is going to pay her back. He climbs up the WonderWheel (He is something called an Urban Climber or some shit) He does it in his uniform and shoots a bird and posts the picture to his facebook, so that it will go viral. He'll show her. Oh yeah, he is eighteen.Come to find out the CEO has a bit of a habit of sleeping with the young male employees at the amusement park.Then you have the new deputy police chief, Vanessa. She has left a past in Seattle that includes her former husbands suicide and a former lover entangling her in his drug charges. She leaves to take the job at Seaside (where Wonderland is located)First thing she does in Seaside is have a one night stand.This woman is messed up.Dead bodies keep turning up around Wonderland and now the kid that took the Wonderwheel selfie is also missing. Vanessa is working the case since her superior just wants the bad publicity at Wonderland to go away. Now this book could have been really good. You have an great setting in Wonderland. They have a Wax Clown museum with creepy porcelain dolls for crying out loud!But it doesn't. I had to keep making myself pick this book back up. I looked up at 47% of it and thought it had gone on forever. Surely something would happen. It reads very predictably and what bright spots happen just get overshadowed by me being bored.Booksource: Netgalley in exchange for review.

  • Dan Schwent
    2019-03-31 22:02

    When a boy goes missing, last seen on top of a Ferris wheel in Wonderland, and a rotting body is later found in the same amusement park, Deputy Chief Vanessa Castro sets her sights on the amusement park. What evil is lurking beneath the theme park's facade?Wonderland was a bit of a rollercoaster, pun intended. Vanessa Castro is new to Seaside, a Washington town supported largely by Wonderland, a theme park. Since the entire town's livelihood depends on the park, she runs into quite a few roadblocks during her investigation.For my money, a thriller has to have a certain amount of misdirection. This one certainly had its share. I thought I knew who the killer was at the 20% mark but I was in the dark until the book was nearly over. Hillier sidestepped a lot of the usual thriller cliches, although the obligatory insta-love/hookup was there.I did like the Vanessa Castro character aside from the times where she was clearly thinking with her vagina. She was torn between duty and her love for her kids, as well as having the guilt over her husband's death gnawing at her. Actually, a lot of the characters had hidden depths. Bianca Bishop, the sultry CEO of Wonderland, came from a broken home and wasn't the bwa-ha-ha villainess I originally pegged her as.The disappearances of boys with the Wonderland look tied nicely into the park's sordid past. Like I said, Hillier led me by the nose through most of the story. She's a clever one. Another thing that I liked was that while Wonderland took place in a theme park, I wasn't beaten over the head with lots of carnie stuff. I'm looking in your direction, Joyland.While I didn't think it was fantastic, Wonderland was a pretty good thriller and I'll read more of Jennifer Hillier's stuff. 3.5 out of 5 stars.

  • Delee
    2019-04-12 19:04

    The cover reeled me in...but in the end- it was kind of its downfall too- because I expected more from it because of "said cover". I wished for more creepiness..and less predictability. Alas, neither of those two things were achieved...[image error]Widowed Vanessa Castro has moved to Seaside to escape her own scandalous past. With her, she has brought her two children- Jon-Jon and Ava. Ava is signed up to work for the one money maker in Seaside. WONDERLAND! The end all be all of all the businesses in the area. The police, the politicians, and the public- rally around this one place in order to keep their city going. And nothing will get in its way. Especially not murder...missing teens...or scandal.[image error]...and Vanessa is going to have to deal with all of the above- to try and keep her head above water- and save her new found job of deputy police chief of Seaside, Washington.[image error]Don't get me wrong- I enjoyed WONDERLAND. It kept me entertained. I loved the main characters. I had some chuckles- A few ewwwwwwwwwww moments, a few laugh out loud moments, and a couple of times where I stuck my head under the covers....but it was much more mainstream than I expected. It fit a formula that I was hoping it would veer away from.I have always meant to read Jennifer Hillier before now, and I have two of her other books purchased and waiting- and THAT is one of the things that bothered me about reading this FIRST. It was sold as a stand alone...but that is not completely the case. One of the characters in her first two books makes an appearance here- and it was such a disappointment that I now know his fate before I even picked up the books that came before it. I sooooooooo hate that. Make note readers- Read her first two before ever thinking of picking this one up. I wish I had.Thanks NetGalley!

  • Sue
    2019-03-28 22:09

    Having read Creep, Freak and LOVING them and then being a bit disappointed with The Butcher, I was eager to read Jennifer Hillier’s new thriller novel, “Wonderland”. I was not disappointed…this novel is another winner! Wonderland is the ideal location to disclose a chilling thriller. Living in Toronto, it brings back so many childhood memories of Ferris wheels, cotton candy, carnival music, and the House of Horrors with its creepy characters. The setting is the amusement park in Seaside, Washington, in the Pacific Northwest, but it could be anywhere.The cover drew me in and gave me the creeps, and starting stirring up all kinds of past memories. So many secrets and dark pasts. Wonderland, home of the giant Wonder Wheel, the Clown Museum, The House of Horrors, the Wax Museum and a massive collection of antique porcelain dolls…but that is not all as there is…there is a dead, rotting body left in the midway for all the Wonder Workers to see.“Weren’t dolls just miniature replicas of little girls? ...they looked like dead little girls.”Vanessa Castro, the new Deputy Chief, has just left Seattle, with her two children, John-John, seven and her fourteen year old daughter, Ava, to start a new life, and new job in Seaside. And what happens on her first day of work. A decomposed body of a homeless man is found with his face eaten off left under the Wonder Wheel. But that isn’t all! A teenage rebel employee, an “Urban Free Climber”, climbed up the Wonder Wheel, took a selfie that went viral, and now is MISSING. Vanessa determines there are a number of young boys, all blonde, age eighteen, all worked at Wonderland, have gone missing over the last eight years. Vanessa and her team must unravel the mystery, and hunt down the serial killer. Did I figure out the ending? No! I was shocked with the ending, although it was there for the reader to solve. One of the characters in her first two books makes an appearance in this book, so I would suggest you read the books in sequence, so you are not disappointed that you know his fate. I loved this book and am rating it a 4 and not a 5, because I feel the book could have lent itself to a slightly darker side…but that is just my personal choice.Thanks to NetGalley and Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books for a free advance download of Wonderland by Jennifer Hillier. Read this book for Halloween!

  • Jan
    2019-04-03 00:17

    After reading all the buzz about Jennifer Hillier's first booksandI was really excited to have received this ARC from NetGalley. The cover alone set the bar pretty high! Unfortunately, this didn't turn out to be the creepy thriller I was hoping for, and I think the best word I can use to describe it would be bland, or maybe generic. The pace was slow, the characters a bit cookie-cutter, and while the ending provided a nice twist, I think the 'gasp' surprise of it got lost in too many storylines coming together all at once.I haven't given up in this author though, as the reviews for her other 2 books are too strong to ignore.

  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    2019-04-10 20:29

    Wonderland has been sitting on my shelf for some time. I kept putting off reading it after reading Joyland by Stephen King, thinking it was going to be similar. It is similar because it is a really good read. But then again, it isn't similar. Not at all. Insidiously creepy, Wonderland had my mind jumping all over the place, suspecting any and everybody of killing the Wonder workers. Hillier does a great job of sowing these little suspicions....Vanessa Castro moved to Seaside to escape her own scandalous past taking up the post of Deputy Chief of Police in the small town famous for Wonderland, a magical funfair that is the only thing keeping Seaside afloat. Her first day on the job must be one of the worst in history. The majority of the force resent an outsider being brought into the position and do little to make her welcome; there is a decomposing body found in the main thoroughfare of Wonderland; and the guy she picked up in a bar the previous evening for a night of casual sex is her liaison at Wonderland. Then another boy, also a Wonder Worker, is reported missing.....and it turns out that he is not the first. Over the years several have gone missing, all Wonder Workers, all virtually clones of one another. Perhaps this funfair isn't all the fun its meant to be.Wonderland is my first Jennifer Hillier novel. 4.5 stars for this deliciously creepy, tense, and compelling read. Thank you to NetGalley, and publishers Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books and Pocket Star for providing a digital ARC in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

  • Wendy
    2019-03-21 18:15

    Wonderland, by Jennifer Hillier, is a bone-chilling thriller about the gruesome secrets beneath a small-town amusement park.Chapter One grabbed me as we read about an 18 year old disgruntled employee that sneaks into the park in the wee hours of the morning to free climb the 150 foot (14 stories) Wonder Wheel to take a selfie and post it on the internet. What happens next is terrifying!Once the park opens it is discovered that the free climber has gone missing and that a body (dead for quite awhile) has been found below the Wonder Wheel.On this fateful day Vanessa Castro starts her job as the new deputy sheriff police chief. As the clues unravel to these mysterious crimes, they lead her to discover a connection to missing persons that goes back decades. She moved to Seaside to escape her own scandalous past, but has she brought her family to the center of a cunning killer's twisted game?This is one of those books that you just don't want to put down!

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    2019-03-27 20:15

    www.melissa413readsalot.blogspot.comI thought this book was AWESOME. When I first saw the book cover I was pulled right in, I mean it's wicked cool and looks creepy! I love amusement park books, movies, stories... I was thinking it was going to be some creepy clown or some deranged person that escaped from a lunatic asylum running around taking people out. Not, so much. This is a very long and drawn out book about murders that are so complex you don't have a clue where to begin. I mean everyone in this little seaside town know each other and everyone has a secret. All of this revolves around WONDERLAND the second largest amusement park, but back in the day it was the largest. All of these boys over the years have been going missing. The book starts out with who they call homeless Harry who had his face eaten off and was found down by the Wonder Wheel. Then a boy named Blake who had climbed the Wonder Wheel to prove a point and taking pics for social media goes missing the same night that homeless Harry shows up. The thing is when the new deputy police chief Vanessa Castro starts working on this case, she finds out other boys have been missing over the years. What is going on with these boys? Who is killing them? Are they all dead? Where did they go? What in the holy clam bake is going on in the dungeons under the creepy clown house? Wait... there is a dungeon? Why in the crap didn't anyone tell Vanessa? Why didn't a lot of people tell Vanessa a lot of things. She digs up so much stuff on this town it's insane and let me tell you, the freaks don't just come out at night! All of this craziness started many years ago with the first owner named Jack Shaw. Now I'm not going to say what good ole Jack the jerk did, but it was pretty bad and the town wasn't sad at all when he removed. Then you have Nick Bishop the current owner and his daughter Bianca and their VP of operations, Oscar Trejo.... DO NOT GET ME STARTED ON THIS CRAZY TRAIN! All of these people, and there are more, make this town a who dunit and why and what in God's green earth is wrong with you people!!! They have all went bat sh*t crazy! I loved it! I'm going to buy it when it comes out in Oct. Right now you can pre-order on Amazon the kindle edition for $1.99 or you can run over to Netgalley and try to get a copy. I had a lot of fun with this book, like I said before, I love anything with amusement parks. Then you throw in a wack-a-doo mystery/thriller/psycho/freaks......etc...... and you have one awesome book. But that's just my opinion and you know what they are like :) I recommend to anyone that likes any of the many genres or descriptions I have mentioned here. **I would like to thank NETGALLEY and GALLERY, THRESHOLD, POCKET BOOKS for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.**

  • Linda Strong
    2019-04-13 21:03

    This is not the first book I've read by this author. I immensely enjoyed CREEP and FREAK and had high hopes for this one. I was not disappointed.Wonderland is a huge amusement park set in a small Washington town. The park is the big tourist trap which keeps the city alive. Wonderland comes complete with The Clown Museum, The Doll House, and House of Horrors ... and today it comes with a decaying body left in the midway.Vanessa Castro 's first day as Deputy Police Chief starts off with a bang. The body is eventually identified as a young man who worked at Wonderland, but disappeared several years earlierAs her investigation progresses she finds there have been many young men who have disappeared over the years. They all were summer workers, they were all 18 years old, they were all tall and blonde.There are all sorts of strange/weird people who make great persons of interest. There's a secretive janitor who follows Vanessa's daughter around while she's working at Wonderland. There's the CEO ... a female Don Juan who has slept with all the missing boys. Oz is the Vice President, looking to make a new start ... with Vanessa. All the characters come to life under the pen of Ms. Hillier. Descriptions of Wonderland were so vivid, I did a search to see if it was real. Plot is well written ... and the killer came as a surprise. There were several twists and turns that led me down the wrong path... as I'm sure the author intended. And I really liked the cover ... it gave my goosebumps goosebumps.If you like murder mysteries, serial killers, you will like all of Jennifer Hillier's books.My thanks to NetGalley / Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books / Pocket Star for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.4.5 Stars

  • Judy Collins
    2019-04-09 16:14

    K I L L E R !WONDERLANDis a 5 Star+ Top-ShelfPsycho-Crime Suspense Mystery Thriller! Top 2015 Books. Just when I thought Jennifer Hillier could not possibly topThe Butcher,landing on myTop 30 2014 Books , she pulls out another show stopper.Someone better grab the film rights to this Wonder, ASAP!No one can do creepy,and twisted, like Canadian, JH. Having read and LOVED: Creep, Freak and The Butcher,was SO excited to receive an early reading copy of Wonderland. Definitely worthy of the hype, plus more- and what a dynamite cover; definitely ranks "tops" for covers of the year.Now, to the down and dirty, twisted roller-coaster ride. By viewing the front cover, you see intrigue, magic, clowns, amusement, thrills, excitement, and mystery. The facade of Wonderland and the small town, of Seaside, Washington, its preppy young faces, purple shirt crisp uniforms, and winning smiles, . . is a serial killer. Of course, there isthe Clown Museum, home to creepy wax replicas of movie stars and a massive collection of antique porcelain dolls, and did I mention hidden dungeon and tunnels? Spine-tingling. Everyone wants to work at Wonderland. Most of the management and ownership of this well-known amusement park---for generations past, have been victims of a sexual predator. Even the prior owner of Wonderland, Jack Shaw, now deceased, preyed on young boys and used them for this advantage.Many of his once victims,now grown– have returned to Wonderland, to demonstrate life goes on, by working in management or ownership. The police department seems to cater to Wonderland's needs since, without this business, the town would have no jobs, revenue, or nothing to attract tourists. Everyone has a secret.Many have a dark past. They are disguised; successful, handsome, beautiful, and the worst kind of scary, you would not be aware of their addictions, love/hates, demons or obsessions. They look like normal, the guy or the girl next door. Meet the main characters: A femme fatale,CEO, of Wonderland, Bianca, a cougar in her mid-late thirties, loves young teenage blonde boys. She lures them with her position, offering promises, advancement while using her sex appeal and alluring evil seduction. When she is tired of them, they are discarded like the trash, and on to the next. She leaves behind a string of sex-crazed teenagers and men. Can we count, how many? How does she have time to do her real job? A MIA grimy creepy night security guard,of Wonderland, Glenn loves porn and is not playing with a full deck. Why is he still working here after all these years? What does he know? Is he capable of murder? Where was he, the morning of the murder of Homeless Harry and the missing boy wonder, Blake? Is his mom protecting him?VP of Operations,Oscar Trejo, best friend with the new owner, Nick (who is sending emails and traveling). Good-looking and intelligent, he appears to be rather protective of the CEO, Bianca, yet he longs to get to know Vanessa a little better. The new Deputy Chief,with her own demons, Vanessa Castro has left Seattle behind for a new start with her teenage daughter, Ava and younger son, John-John in Seaside. It is her first day as deputy police chief and everything falls into her lap on day one. There is an unidentifiable homeless man rotting inside in amusement park, and now a teenage employee with a photo going viral on the top of Wonder Wheel the same morning—now he seems to be missing? The mayor, Frank Greenbergwas a best friend of Vanessa’s late husband, and she has to do a good job to make him proud. Of course, as the book opens she is getting a little action of her own in the sack, which could complicate things when she finds out his identity. To make matters worse, her fourteen-year-old daughter, Ava is now working at Wonderland with a janitor stalker on her trail and has eyes for a sexy teen new employee. As the book opens,Wonderland normally a sea of moving bodies, noise and energy; is totally inanimate, dead. Blake, a disgruntled young teen employee, the social media king, wants to give his last FU to Wonderland, by climbing up the Wonder Wheel and taking selfies to tweet. He plans on this being his last day at work, and wants to make an impression with his middle finger, displayed promptly. It was only 5 am before the park opens; however, he happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. Vanessa has a murdered homelessman with his face eaten off left at the park, and the Wonder Boy, missing in action on the same day. After further investigation, she finds a number of young boys, all blonde, age eighteen, which have gone missing over the last eight years. They all worked at Wonderland? It appears the police department have many cold cases and looks like they did not do a lot of investigating. What is the connection? Vanessa is tough,and determined to get to the bottom of this mystery—a dangerous serial killer. She continues to balance her work and personal life, as a single mom. She refuses to allow the politics of small town and connections between the police department and Wonderland, to get in her way. Her head is spinning and this small town is anything but boring. Between the all the cold cases, the parents of the boys demanding answers, her strained relationship with her daughter, the weird relationship with Oscar, and the pressures of the job, mayor, and chief of police; Everyone expects her to find the serial killer before he or she strikes again.WOW!Wonderland is one fast-action, heart-pounding intense page-turner. With many red herrings, mixed with, wit, and contemporary social media fun -----keeping you guessing until the end! Loved Vanessa’s character; hope we see more of her in the future, as well as Ava.For all you Freak & Creep fans, you will adore revisiting with Seattle PD Officer, Jerry Isaac, (love him), with the scarred neck and tortured speech, who comes back to town, to help out Vanessa with a case he worked on years ago in Seaside. Being pregnant and giving birth,during the writing of Wonderland, did not slow down Hillier, the serial killer queen of fiction.Your twitter fans, and bloggers offer a special “thank you” for your brilliant execution once again, just in time for Halloween!One you will not want to miss; A wild twisted ride!A special thank you to Gallery Books and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. JDCMustReadBooks

  • Dita
    2019-04-06 21:05

    Jennifer Hillier, I love your books and you write great characters. Your plots are well-constructed and thoroughly researched. You got me good with this one! I love when I am surprised by an ending and you are masterful at this!I am so looking forward to Jar of Hearts!!Dita

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    2019-04-19 20:13

    A body is found on Wonderland on Vanessa Castro's first day as a deputy police chief of Seaside, Washington. And, if that wasn't enough; a young boy working at the amusement park goes missing the same day. Vanessa discover soon that more boys has gone missing in the last decade as she investigates the murder and the missing boy cases. Is there someone out there kidnapping and murdering boys, and what's the connection to Wonderland?I have to admit; I was totally captivated by the cover of this book and the blurb. Murder at an amusement park? A clown on the cover? I must read this book and I have eagerly waited for its turn to be read. Too bad that the book lacked on important thing: suspense. I mean it was good, I liked the story and the characters, but it was just not thrilling to read. Most of the book was about finding clues to what had happened to the boys, and I usually like finding clues, but most of the book was about that and it was just at the very end that some action happened when the truth came out. And, it wasn't even thrilling then because I never felt that any of the main characters was in danger. But I was surprised towards the end, Hillier's manage to twist the story good there.So why the 3 star rating? I liked the characters, Vanessa, Jerry and Tanner. Never really cared that much for Oz, I found Tanner a much more interesting character. It could be the tattoos. Vanessa's daughter Ava was OK, but it knew since she had a large part in this story that she would play a big role towards the end. Especially when she started to work at the clown museum. The story was for most part good, it wasn't boring, just lacking suspense, but the ending was good and I would like to read more about Vanessa and her family in Seaside (or some other town) and know more about her and her family's past.All and all, not a bad book, but not a great one either. A thriller that's not thrilling.Thanks to Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

  • AH
    2019-04-06 23:23

    I usually take a few notes as I am reading a book just so I can write a coherent review. Here's what happened when I read Wonderland: No notes. In fact, I barely put the book down at all this weekend. Wonderland reminded me a little of Stephen King's Joyland and the TV series Gracepoint. The story is set at an amusement park in a small fictional seaside town in Washington state. A decomposing body is found under the Ferris wheel and another park employee is missing after he filmed himself at the top of the ride. The ties between Wonderland and the town are strong. The amusement park is a huge employer and it attracts tourists to the town in the summer. Wonderland also enjoys a special relationship with the police force, which has been known to look the other way in order to keep Wonderland's reputation pristine. But all is not well, and the number of missing workers grows. I loved how it took me a while to figure out who the villain was. (Disclaimer - I am notoriously bad at guessing who the bad guy is). The author captures the atmosphere of an amusement park past its prime quite well. As you are reading you can imagine the sounds and smells of the midway. The park also has a creepy clown museum - I don't know about you, I don't think I could ever set foot into one of those. It also has a shady past which included some sexual abuse of its employees. Wonderland is an action-packed thriller. I'll be on the lookout for more books by Ms. Hillier. Thank you to NetGalley and Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books for a review copy of this book.

  • Elle ✦ Pretty Little Books ✦
    2019-04-09 16:24

    :: 5 Nightmarish Stars :: This is the first novel I have read by author, Jennifer Hillier, and it will not be my last. This book is a freakish, heart pounding page turner that will leave readers hanging on the edge of their seats. This is one you don’t want to miss out on. Every page- from start to finish- will enthrall and frighten you. It is intense, creepy, and twisted. I highly recommend it especially to those who love a good thriller. Hillier’s books will now be on my “must have” list. I can’t wait to read more!You can find my FULL review on my blog:

  • Ally
    2019-03-25 22:25

    This book really had the potential to be great, but for some reason it just didn't do it for me. It took me ages to read - I didn't want to come back to it. This also means that it was so bland that I don't have much to say.I didn't like the characters. Vanessa is just a wreck. Even if she is good with her job. I know she's going through a lot, but she certainly is judgemental of people who did the same thing as she did (even if they had different motives). And, other than Bianca, no one else really stuck out. I didn't like the plot. It was, for the most part, predictable. While I can't deny that I was surprised about the identity of the murderer (considering there weren't many, if any, clues leading you to him/her), but the rest of the plot was rather obvious to me. The foreshadowing was too strong, so strong that it was no surprise what happened sometimes, which took a lot of the suspense away for me. The changing p.o.v.s didn't work for me either. I'm pretty sure Xander had one chapter from his pov. What was the point? Also, the way we find out about the crimes pretty much everyone committed took away from the suspense. Imagine if Vanessa (and the reader) had had to work to get to the truth. Instead, we just have the perpetrators tell us. The setting was super creepy. The psychology was also really creepy. The execution just didn't do it for me. A copy was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Benoit Lelièvre
    2019-03-21 23:05

    Well, that was a pleasant surprise. Jennifer Hillier got us used to enjoyable, yet straightforward serial killer novels over the last couple years, but that train stops in 2015 with WONDERLAND, a novel where she aggressively reinvent herself and man, it's the most fun, refreshing and unexpected novel. Jennifer Hillier is a major talent, guys. If you had doubts, WONDERLAND will obliterate them.While I would still classify it as a psychological thriller, WONDERLAND adds element of horror and mystery to the equation. Think Dashiell Hammett meets Rob Zombie. I'm not even kidding. Hillier's writing has become more subtle, layered and believe it or not, more brutal. There are less bodies in WONDERLAND than in any other of her previous novels, but they'll haunt your dreams more. An original and daring novel. If you've had the misfortune to read Stephen King's JOYLAND, WONDERLAND is everything JOYLAND should have been and then some.

  • Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
    2019-03-27 23:30

    I was excited to see Hillier wrote another book.I was even more excited when NetGalley gave me the green light to read it.I liked the first few chapters a lot. The middle needed some pushing on my part to get through it. The ending was okay. Not one of her greatest but better than The Butcher.

  • SUSAN *Nevertheless,she persisted*
    2019-03-22 23:13

    A solid 3.5 stars.I really enjoyed this book. It was a pleasant surprise.

  • Carrie
    2019-03-27 19:03

    Wonderland is a large amusement park in the small town of Seaside, WA. We start off the story with one of the Wonder Workers, an 18 year old disgruntled employee, sneaking into the park before it opens and free climbing the 150 foot Wonder Wheel ride to take a selfie and post it to the internet. While he's up there someone shows up at the bottom of the Wonder Wheel and turns the ride on. Next we meet the new Deputy Chief of the Seaside PD, Vanessa Castro. She's crawling out of the bed of her latest one night stand to head into her first day at the police department. When she arrives she learns that a body has been found at the park below the Wonder Wheel. The thing is the body has been dead a while and our selfie taking Wonder Wheel climber has disappeared. This book just kind of sucked me in and I didn't want to put it down. I still don't know if it was because of the thriller/mystery aspect of the story and wondering just who our killer is or the secrets and lies that unfold throughout the story. Seaside should be a charming little town but it's residents have so many skeletons in their closets I'm surprised it's not a nudist town as they wouldn't have room for a wardrobe in there. The book changes the point of view between the various characters in the story and I thought this was a wonderful way to add to the layers and depth. We get to know exactly what has gone on from all angles as the list of suspects grows and grows. Absolutely adored Ava's character and her love of all things creepy. Sure she's a rebellious teen but she reminded me of myself in her wanting to work in the Clown Museum and scare people. I spent 5 years getting my head chopped off every October at a haunted hayride so when we got to Ava working the Clown museum I was just smiling away waiting for the scares. Vanessa is tough as nails as a detective and determined to not drink the Wonderland Kool-Aid but she herself has her own shady past too. Hard to find someone in the story without something questionable going on which just intrigued me just as much as finding out the killer. I'd highly recommend this to any fan of a much darker, creepy mystery/thriller and will definitely be looking into more of Jennifer Hillier's work in the future. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.wordpress....

  • Kathy Worrellツ
    2019-04-12 18:28

    3.5 stars.I happen to love stories with a creepy, carnival atmosphere. When I spied this book one day, I knew I would eventually read it. Jennifer Hillier is a new author to me. Even though I gave the story 3.5 stars, I enjoyed her writing style. Jennifer hooked me from page 1. Her story was interesting, compelling, and mysterious. Ok, I kept thinking, who is the killer? A wonderland employee? A disgruntled visitor? An escaped lunatic? Even, maybe the Mayor, the Chief of Police, or a deputy? I kept reading and reading, I didn't want to put the book down. I felt like I was chasing a dollar on a string....I kept getting closer and closer and closer...but, what was at the end? **************Spoiler Alert********************Ugh! The ending!?!?!?! What's up, Jennifer? No! Three killers, a rapist, an attempted murder, an accessory to an attempted murder? Really? Just too many weirdos in one location.I think an excellent author, is one who can tie all the loose ends into a big bow. It might not be the "bow" you are looking for, but it should be realistic and include, the who, the what, and the why!

  • Melanie Johnson
    2019-04-16 17:29

    If you love creepy fair clowns, serial killers and life-sized porcelain doll collections , you will love this book!! Set in an amusement park, Wonderland has a mysterious death and the new Deputy in town is ready to take no BS and figure out who killed this guy. If you have read CREEP and FREAK, you will see an old familiar character in WONDERLAND. A great thrill ride and easy read.

  • Up All Night Book Addict
    2019-04-14 18:21

    This is one of those books where you expect for the hair on your arms and the back of your neck to stand at attention, just from the cover alone. I mean, it’s a creepy clown for goodness sakes. What could be more hair-raising than that? Well, the book itself, of coarse.I couldn’t seem to get enough of this story. It was like I was in a trance. I had to know what was going on. Who was who? Who was psycho and who wasn’t? Who was going to get their happy ending and who would end up dead? I kept going from page to page wanting to know just how the book would end!In this story, everyone is connected one way or another…. then in the end, all connected by this huge, creepy amusement park. Whether they were current employees, their family member was an employee at some point or they themselves were an employee at some point. This whole town and its inhabitants is directly linked to this one amusement park. An amusement park with a haunting past or two and missing boys from years past to present. Doesn’t that sound like a winner? I sure think so.I was drawn into the book from the first page. Although, confused for a while, I was sucked in to this cult-like park wanting to figure it out all at once instead of piece by piece. I wasn’t sure what was up or what was down. The park alone seemed like it had a hold on everyone around it, almost like a cult. That’s the best way to describe the entire town. It’s like the park was their leader and they were its loyal followers. Always turning their backs when weird things happened. Never questioning anything that would happen at the park. And the missing boys? Well, no one seemed to care about or acknowledge.Vanessa is brought in as the new assistant chief of the local police department. She seems to be the only one who cares about the most recent boys that have disappeared… she eventually figures out there are more related disappearances than anyone has ever been willing to acknowledge. With all of the mystery and her fourteen-year old daughter now working at the park, she is going against the clock to figure it all out.I really liked the writing in this book. The characters were easy to get to know and connect with from the very start. They really didn’t need to be described in any form of lengthy detail. They were who they were. The build-up in this story was ever-climbing and had me on the edge of my seat. The climax…. oh that climax. Almost perfect. I sat there with my jaw open and heart pounding. I definitely plan to check out more books by this author, as this was my first by her. Kudos to you Jennifer, I thoroughly enjoyed this book!

  • Pamela
    2019-03-19 19:27

    Many thanks to NetGalley and publisher for advancing me a copy of “Wonderland” by Jennifer Hillier in exchange for an honest review.Having read Freak, Creep, and The Butcher, I was excited to read Wonderland, the author's latest novel. Unfortunately, it was not up to par as the others. Yes, there's some suspense but nothing that gave me the chills I was hoping for. With a plethora of characters included, not one of them stood out. You had the very flawed heroine, Vanessa; the guy she slept with once and who's in love with someone else; two kids, one of them a really surly teen; her colleagues at the police department; and one bitchy and manipulative woman who's 36 and makes it her hobby to sleep with as many 18 year-old boys. I'm guessing the only reason the author added all these people was to throw the reader off from figuring out who the killer is. Even with the many secrets that everyone seemed to be hiding that eventually came to light, the story came across as flat. Nothing stood out. It read almost like a bad soap opera (are they ever good). I couldn't get over the hypocrisy of Deputy Vanessa. For someone who couldn't stand all the lies and secrets everyone was hiding, she needed to take a good look in the mirror as not once does she ever divulge her secret. Talk about being the biggest hypocrite of all. Then there's the mystery which in itself was ridiculous. The fact that the police and herself didn't realize that all the teens who were missing were all blondes was ridiculous. (check blurb). Why the town had a police department was a joke since everyone seemed to be let out and really didn’t know what was going on in their town. It takes a new person like Deputy Vanessa to come in and announce that a serial killer is on the loose and has been for so many years and it’s their job to catch him. Why no one thought to go down into the dungeon that everyone knew was there was asinine. Did I forget to mention that Vanessa grew up there? Well she did and she was fully aware that the molester had taken his victims there many years before. So why didn’t she not check it out? I would think it would be one of the first places to be checked. Not to mention, it's part of the creepy area of the carnival. It's a town of idiots. Also, did anyone bother to go deep into the forest behind the park to look? Guess not. Still not a bad read, but nowhere as good as the others.

  • Meigan
    2019-03-22 18:25

    Let me preface by stating - I'm a huge fan of Hillier's work. Creep and Freak were phenomenal and two of the best psychological thrillers I've read in quite some time. That being said, I went in to this novel expecting to be blown away much as I was with the two I've previously mentioned. Unfortunately, that didn't happen with Wonderland. Not even close and to be perfectly honest, the reason is that it seems Hillier came up with an idea to wrap her entire novel around social media and have anything and everything about this book circle around the idea of social media. I know I'm completely out of the norm these days by not using social media. I find it useless, annoying, irritating. Even more so when I'm inundated in my daily life with Facebook/Twitter/Instagram references everywhere -- television, magazines, friends and family talking about it, strangers in the grocery store constantly talking about their Facebook whoseits and whatnots. I am overwhelmed with constant chatter about something I find irritating and now, sadly, the one outlet I use for an escape is mirroring real life with the constant barrage of social media mentions. Look -- I get it. People can relate, people love those sites, people find it cool awesome neato that their fictional characters use the same shit they do. But I'm sure I'm not alone in avoiding social media, I'm sure there are others like myself who find it a huge waste of time (life), and who also want to avoid it in their fiction. I'm also sure there are others who will do as I did and quit at the 20% mark after reading too many mentions of every social media site available, which lowers appeal and readership. Not to mention, it dates the book. Not now, obviously, but in ten years, 20 years, all of these pop culture references may be obsolete, who knows. It's always a gamble to make a book fit with the current trends. Bottom line -- sadly, this was a DNF for me. What could have been a creepy, kick-ass story centering around an amusement park with a really disturbing undercurrent got lost in the social media sauce. **eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

  • Melissa Newhauser
    2019-04-05 20:20

    Loved the creepiness, the clowns and the whole amusement park theme. Good story with lots of twists

  • Rick
    2019-04-09 00:16

    Another superior PNW-set thriller from Ms. Hillier, who just gets better and better with each successive book. Can't wait to see what she does next.

  • إيمان❤︎
    2019-04-19 19:08

    People, we're not wasting time in 2k18 finishing books by force just to mark it as "read" even though we're not enjoying it in the least!One sign that shows a book isn't worthy of my time is that when I put the book down, I don't miss it nor think about it NOR WANT TO PICK IT BACK UP!YOU KNOW WHAT! IM SO MAD AT THIS BOOK! IT HAD ALL THE ELEMENTS THAT I LOVE, ITS SET IN A FREAKING CREEPY AMUSEMENT PARK FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE! BOYS WENT MISSING WHILE HAPPY MUSIC WAS PLAYING! HOW CAN YOU SCREW THIS UP! My first DNF of the year and I'm never following Goodreads' recommendations ever again.

  • Donna
    2019-04-17 18:24

    What drew me into the book? The fact that it took place at a seaside amusement park. I can’t help it. I’m weak. It’s not like I was expecting any Lost Boys references or anything; I just have a love of carnivals, especially those by the sea, thanks to that movie. So it hit on a big heart spot immediately. And the premise sounded interesting enough so I might as well give it a try.WONDERLAND didn’t blow me away but it certainly kept me engaged. If I don’t have too much pushing me out of the story then I like spending my time nuzzling in and really trying to figure out what’s going on where, when, and why with these types of books and I definitely did that here.It had a few moments, though, where it pulled me out of the book, mainly surrounding Oscar and the dick that leads him. It’s tiring seeing that stereotypical man character in books whom is an intended love interest for the protagonist but an ex flashes her cooch and he just can’t control himself. It’s lame. It didn’t add to the drama for me; it just made me think Oscar’s a dunce. That’s about it.There were a lot of red herrings flopping around in the story and I’ll admit I was drawn into some of them. Hillier did a good job of setting those up, I think. There was a lot going on with a fair amount of people that it stayed just below overwhelming and played right around intriguing and convincing for long enough to throw you off the scent. That’s not to say she doesn’t set some people up as a little left of center but finding out WHO the culprit was was definitely a good game to play.I liked how there were multiple points of view going on throughout the story. Aside from Oscar there weren’t any other characters there I would have stayed away from when it came to reading more (although Bianca did become a little much toward the end so I was glad her accounts were limited) and they were a good range of diverse to really keep the story interesting. Maybe it’s because I’d just recently read POP GOES THE WEASEL but it reminds me a little of MJ Arlidge’s work. The blurb mentions Lisa Gardner too and I agree with that comparison too so I guess it’s indicative of the genre, all the point-of-view hopping going on. It really does keep the story fresh and engaging.Hillier did a great job of wrapping up the ending too, having all roads lead to the one prevailing place that strung itself along as the story proceeded. Plus all the storylines of the various points of view ended there too. It was a solid ending that wrapped up most of the elements of the story (the important elements, I should say) and just left little tidbits dangling that were pieces that would have been nice to have more information but it wasn’t integral to the plot to get it. On top of that all of the characters really had me. I even liked Oscar until about two-thirds of the way through the book. In that same vein none of the characters were all that stand out to me either. They were good and really roped me in but they didn’t leave an impression. They lent themselves to a good story but that’s about it.Overall I’d read more of Hillier’s work. I certainly liked WONDERLAND enough and she gets into an area of creepy that speaks to me (namely dark crevices of amusement parks) so I’m interested in seeing what else she’s written.3.5I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Jodi
    2019-04-09 16:27

    wow, I loved this book! it had some Stephen King-esque to it. But the storyline, the writing, the direction of the story came together well. The descriptions were so vivid that I was picturing myself in the story -,standing in the middle of an amusement park along the midway. This is a book that you could read twice and not be tired of it.

  • Barb (Boxermommyreads)
    2019-04-18 00:23

    I was torn on whether to go with 3 or 4 stars for this novel, but finally settled on 3. I have not read a Hillier book before, even though I think I own one other by her. I was immediately drawn in by the cover of this book and thought it would be a great Halloween read. It was definitely creepy and kept me guessing throughout, but it didn't provide the horror I anticipated.I did really enjoyed the setting of the novel A small, quiet town on the edge of Washington which is home to a rather fabulous amusement park. I can't imagine many things more scary that an amusement park/carnival when it shuts down after dark, so the setting is extremely fitting for this creepy tale. I also enjoyed the mystery. Hillier is great at adding twists and turns, deaths and kidnappings, and years of buried history. I can honestly admit I didn't see the ending coming. What really bothered me about this book was the MC, Vanessa Castro. After moving to Seaside, Washington from Seattle to take the job of Deputy Police Chief, she immediately encounters new characters and several murders, which are all liked in some manner which she has yet to discover. Vanessa moved under suspicious circumstances and while I believe she was a strong, flawed character, I also believe she was quick to judge others and never really acknowledged where she herself had faltered. That's not to say that the criminals she hunts should be exonerated, but I just feel Vanessa shouldn't feel like she is on a pedestal of high moral character. Overall this book was entertaining and I will not hesitate to read future works from Hillier in the future. This is a well written book and as mentioned, it did keep me guessing, so I am definitely not sorry I read it. If you want a good, quick thriller, you should consider picking it up.