Carter was only twelve when he witnessed the disaster that killed more than a hundred people at Starland Amusement Park. Five years later, Carter’s hometown is no longer a busy Florida panhandle resort, but a slowly dying town full of empty motels and attractions rusting behind chains and padlocks.
Now something evil stirs in the ruins of the old amusement park…something with an alluring siren song drawing visitors into the dark mysteries of the forbidden world behind the gate. Something with an appetite for restless, yearning souls.
Carter reluctantly returns to the old park in the company of a new girl in town, who is obsessed with urban decay and pop-culture ruins, and discovers the evil at work. To stop it, and protect the children of the town, Carter will have to face his oldest and deepest fears.
Conch City is a sea side town with a cheaper alternative to Disney World. It’s main attraction is a horror themed roller coaster called Inferno Mountain. Carter is scared of the ride, the laughing devil’s head seems to be taunting him when he goes to ride it. The amusement industry is Carter’s life he’s spent his life on the beach dealing with tourists at his parent’s go cart track. That all changes when a disaster hits the park.
This book is packed full of creepy vibes. It had this outstanding ability to give me chills. From the moment the big bad thing happens the book is literally a roller coaster ride of bad stuff happening to Carter and his friends.
It also has this insane ability to stick with me. I remember details, and character names, and feelings and emotions well after I have finished the book. I keep turning certain scenes around in my brain. Scenes I desperately wish would go away by the way. I have swiss cheese holes in my brain stuff slips through really really easily, Inferno Park is glued in there.
If you like sweeping horror that creeps up on you then this book may just be for you. If you don’t mind vomiting in your mouth a little bit this book might just be for you. If you like being scared this book might just be for you. If you don’t like any of those things read the book.
I can’t really place my finger on ONE thing that makes me stand up and say ‘read this book!!!’ I mean it’s the whole freaking thing. The opening is cinematic in feel. The middle just builds on the feeling that I am watching a really great slow burning horror film, and then the bodies start dropping and I’m like…OH MY GAWD!
The plot is this ebb and flow where you think…oh no he just did that, but it’s okay, because they are totally not going too.. oh their doing that. If I could, I probably would have read this book with my hands over my eyes at the scary parts. Cue foreshadowing music, cue creepy shadows, cue classic classic horror vibes.
The characters feel like real teenagers. They are not well adjusted, they make big dumb teenager decisions, they fumble and stumble their way through all the horrible crap happening to them. Carter and Victoria are characters I think every former geeky teen can identify with.
From the moment I saw that JL Bryan was releasing this book up until I turned to the last page I was excited about this book. I’m so happy that I spent the time with it that I did.
Oh, and don’t read Inferno Park right before bed. Or while eating.