Let’s Go to an Amusement Park, But Make it Murdery

Yes, I know, murdery isn’t a word. But maybe it should be. As we kick off this summer season, a lot of our tens will be heading out to local amusement parks. Sometimes they will be local small town carnivals with questionable ferris wheels. Sometimes they will be the big ones, surrounded by six flags or people in character costumes. I personally love a good roller coaster and that feeling of falling and thinking this is going to be the time and the exhilaration of the speed and the wind in your hair. I recently read two book set in deadly theme parks which reminded me of a few of my older favorites, and a list was born. Here today for you are theme parks, but murdery. Some have elements of supernatural, others just acknowledge that sometimes the monster is one of us. But whatever makes it murdery, these are all good reads for amusement park enthusiasts who want a little thrill with their thrill rides.

The Getaway by Lamar Giles

Publisher’s Book Description:

Welcome to the funnest spot around . . .

Jay is living his best life at Karloff Country, one of the world’s most famous resorts. He’s got his family, his crew, and an incredible after-school job at the property’s main theme park. Life isn’t so great for the rest of the world, but when people come here to vacation, it’s to get away from all that.

As things outside get worse, trouble starts seeing into Karloff. First, Jay’s friend Connie and her family disappear in the middle of the night and no one will talk about it. Then the richest and most powerful families start arriving, only… they aren’t leaving. Unknown to the employees, the resort has been selling shares in an end-of-the-world oasis. The best of the best at the end of days. And in order to deliver the top-notch customer service the wealthy clientele paid for, the employees will be at their total beck and call.

Whether they like it or not.

Yet Karloff Country didn’t count on Jay and his crew—and just how far they’ll go to find out the truth and save themselves. But what’s more dangerous: the monster you know in your home or the unknown nightmare outside the walls?