Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Book Review: Horns by Joe Hill

Horns by Joe Hill
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks (Reprint Edition)
Publish Date: March 8, 2011
Trade Paperback, 416 pages 
Fiction, Horror, Suspense
ISBN: 978-0061147968

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My Review:
Why I read this: I loved Heart-Shaped Box and could not wait to read Joe Hill's next book.

My thoughts:  Joe Hill is a master of writing books on human depravity.  What started with Heart-Shaped Box definitely continues with Horns.  The first chapter captures your attention and does not let you go.  Why does Ig have horns?  Can people see them?  What did he do last night?  Who is Merrin Williams?  These are just a few of the main questions you'll be asking after reading the first few pages and I have to say I was completely sucked in.

And after you are sucked in, the book is not quite what you expected.  However it did keep me hooked until the final page.  This is a very unique look at good versus evil and who is really good and who is really evil.  And how hard it is to tell.  I mean who hasn't wanted to tell a mom in a doctor's waiting room to make her child be quiet (I'm sure some have thought that about me at times) and who doesn't get mad at someone going down the highway.  Hill manages to take these simple things and show us the bad side of it even though they are simple thoughts in our heads.  When do those thoughts become actions.  Now don't get me wrong, the book isn't preachy in the least, it just opens you up to questions of good and evil.  In truth, the book is highly entertaining.  I found the relationships of the characters interesting and the characters themselves interesting.

I'm going to be rather vague in this review and the point is I really don't want to give anything away.  I read and thoroughly enjoyed the book, but want you as a reader to enjoy all the surprises.  Just know Horns is entertaining, dark yet a little light and lots of fun to read.  It's not for the faint-of-heart, but I think most people know that going into his books.  But if you haven't read him and enjoy the horror or supernatural fiction genre, I highly recommend you try him.  I think I like Horns more than Heart-Shaped Box, but it's really a toss-up.  Since Horns just came out in paperback, I look forward to Mr. Hill's next offering soon as well.

My Rating: 4.5/5.0

About the Book:
The New York Times bestselling author of Heart-Shaped Box returns with a relentless supernatural thriller that runs like Hell on wheels . . .

Merrin Williams is dead, slaughtered under inexplicable circumstances, leaving her beloved boyfriend Ignatius Perrish as the only suspect. On the first anniversary of Merrin’s murder, Ig spends the night drunk and doing awful things. When he wakes the next morning he has a thunderous hangover . . . and horns growing from his temples. Ig possesses a terrible new power to go with his terrible new look—a macabre gift he intends to use to find the monster who killed his lover. Being good and praying for the best got him nowhere. Now it’s time for revenge . . .

It’s time the devil had his due. . . .

About the Author: 

Joe Hill is the author of a previous novel, Heart-Shaped Box, a story collection, 20th Century Ghosts, and an occasional comic series, Locke & Key. He is a two-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award and a past recipient of the Ray Bradbury Fellowship. His stories have appeared in a variety of journals and Year’s Best collections.
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FTC Information: I received this book through the publisher for a TLC Tour for a honest review.  I have Amazon links on my review pages but I do not make any money from these because of NC laws.  I put them solely for people to check out the books on a retail site.


Sarah said...

I really liked Heart Shaped Box - more than I thought I would, as I don't normally read horror. I'd already heard good things about this, but you may have just sealed the deal for me!

heathertlc said...

Thanks for not giving away too much - this sounds like a book where you don't want to know a great deal going in.

So glad you enjoyed it!

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