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. – Goodreads.com
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.