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 discovers soon that more boys have 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 one 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 the 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!