Curious Toys

Curious Toys

The year is 1915 and Pin, the fifteen year-old daughter of an amusement park fortune teller, disguises herself as a boy to run with the teenage boys who thrive in the dregs of Chicago's street scene.

Unbeknownst to the well-heeled city-dwellers and visitors who come to enjoy its attractions, Riverview Park is also host to a brutal serial killer, a perfumed pedophile who uses the secrecy of a dark amusement park ride to conduct his crimes. When Pin sees a man enter the Hell Gate ride with a young girl, and leave without her, she knows that something deadly is afoot.

The crime will lead her to the iconic outsider artist Henry Darger, a brilliant but seemingly mad man obsessed with his illustrated novel about a group of young girls who triumph over adult oppressors. Together, the two navigate the seedy underbelly of a changing city to uncover a murderer few even know to look for.

Title:Curious Toys
Edition Language:English
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  • Erin

    Giveaway win!An intrepid young woman who dresses like a boy, stalks a murderer through a turn of the century Chicago amusement park. Curious Toys is my first Elizabeth Hand novel but it will not be my...

  • Mark

    5 Stars. 5 BIG Stars!Curious Toys by Elizabeth Hand. Release day: October 15th, 2019With this atmospheric historical thriller, Elizabeth Hand conquers another genre and makes it her own.Science fictio...

  • ABookwormWithWine

    / 5Curious Toys by Elizabeth Hand was a very peculiar book, both in content and writing style. I've never read anything like it and I'm not sure if that helped or hindered me liking it in this case. ...

  • jo

    Elizabeth Hand describes herself and her writing as "punk" and I must confess I don't have a handle on the concept of punk fiction or punk literature. What, after having read five of her books in a ro...

  • Dale

    From the decadent, dystopian science fiction of her debut novel, Winterlong; to the immersive magic of her art world fantasies like Mortal Love; to the harsh, earthy, crystalline landscapes of her Cas...

  • Ashley

    I REALLY want to read this Bc what will I do without historical fiction murder investigations when i am finished with capturing the devil (stalking Jack the Ripper #4)?! Only issue is... it quite lite...

  • Samantha

    I would be remiss in not beginning this review with a very, very emphatic trigger warning for child murder and pedophilia. If these are trigger issues for you, you’ll need to stay away from this one...

  • Ryan Hixson

    Curious Toys by Elizabeth Hand is an interesting Historical Fiction mixed with a mystery. The story takes place in 1915 Fair grounds in Chicago about twenty years after the World's Fire fire and the s...

  • Doug

    4.5, rounded up.How one feels about this story would depend a great deal, I would think, on how much one knows of, and appreciates, the life and work of real life outsider artist Henry Darger. I first...

  • Steven

    I abandoned the story at page 303 out of 365. Even at the denouement it was like trudging through a flood of molasses to make it through a page and I finally just asked myself why I was bothering to f...