The Playground by C.S. Boyack #bookreview #TuesdayBookBlog #paranormal @virgilante

The hottest toys of the Christmas Season are the Playground Network dolls. They contain a worldwide social network for children. Except, the network is controlled by a ruthless businessman with dreams of power.

To reach his goals he turns to the occult. Will our children make up his personal army? Could we have an enemy soldier in every home?

Gina Greybill is a cancer survivor who stumbles into her own brush with the paranormal. She wants nothing to do with it, but may be the only one who can bring down the Playground Network. To do it she’ll have to embrace her new situation, and recover the next generation of Playground software.

There is competition for the software in the form of a brutal thug named Clovis. He’s bigger, more ruthless, and more experienced. To top it all off, he has a head start.

The Playground is suitable for more mature readers, due to violence and mature themes. –

In the guest room where my sons slept when we visited my in-laws, my mother-in-law displayed a doll collection.  I think the boys slept in that room exactly one night before moving to the finished basement – they said the dolls stared at them and were creepy.  If my MIL’s dolls had been like those in The Playground, I’m convinced it would have pushed my sons over the edge and I’d be knee deep in therapy bills right now.  So that should tell you something about how chilling this story is.

Each of the three vastly different character arcs are riveting, but of the three, Clovis is my favorite – he’s a hardened, professional killer, but anyone with a soft spot for animals and kids can’t be all bad in my book.  That being said, I admired Gina for having her whole life disrupted, accepting her new ‘job’ so gracefully, and embracing her bizarre duties.

The Playground is dark, gruesome, and thrilling and a must read for horror/paranormal thriller fans.  The ending made me wonder if this is the beginning of a series for some of these characters – something I’d be very interested in reading.


30 thoughts on “The Playground by C.S. Boyack #bookreview #TuesdayBookBlog #paranormal @virgilante

  1. Dolls can easily creep me out too. They’re perfect for using in horror novels and Craig Boyack did a great job in The Playground, pulling together an imaginative plot with the trio of character arcs. I read this one some time ago, but will second your recommendation!

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    1. It always amused me that I had teenage boys who watched horror movies, but wouldn’t sleep in the same room with dolls wearing frilly dresses – go figure. Now if they turned their heads and talked like Sandra? Definitely creepy!

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      1. Another few hundred sales and I would write another one. Lisa Burton interviewed Clovis once on her show. Beyond that, maybe one of them will appear in a future Experimental Notebook. I’ve revisited novel characters in both of them. So glad you enjoyed the book.

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  3. My mother used to buy my daughter (when she was quite young) ridiculously expensive porcelain dolls. They were on display in her room. She never told me they freaked her out, but one day I walked into her room to find she’d destroyed them all. She couldn’t take it anymore. I told my mom they were damaged in one of our moves so she didn’t feel bad, but boy… did my daughter take matters into her own hands. Literally. So I totally understand creepy dolls. (I was never a fan, either, so I guess I know where my daughter was coming from.)

    This is the next of Craig’s books on my list to read. I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read of his so far, but given your review, I have to think this one is going to be quite high on my list.

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    1. Maybe you should get your daughter to read it – bet it would creep her out. What a surprise you must have had, finding the dolls like that – your daughter’s a problem solver!


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  5. kenneth

    This is the next of Craig’s books on my list to read. Maybe you should get your daughter to read it – bet it would creep her out.


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