Sunday, August 1, 2010

Review of Horns by Joe Hill


by Joe Hill

published: March 1st 2010 by William Morrow (first published February 18th 2010)
Hardcover, 368 pages

Goodreads description:
Amazon Best Books of the Month, March 2010: Best known for his terrifying (really) debut novel, Heart-Shaped Box, and his famous dad, Joe Hill continues to make a name for himself with Horns, a dark, funny exploration of love, grief, and the nature of good and evil. Ignatius William Perrish wakes up bleary and confused after a night of drinking and "doing terrible things" to find he has grown horns. In addition to being horribly unsightly, these inflamed protuberances give Ig an equally ugly power--if he thinks hard enough, he can make people admit things (intimate, embarrassing, I-can't-believe-you-just-said-that details). This bizarre affliction is of particular use to Ig, who is still grieving over the murder of his childhood sweetheart (a grisly act the entire town, including his family, believes he committed). Horns is a wickedly fun read, and reveals Hill's uncanny knack for creating alluring characters and a riveting plot. Ig's attempts to track down the killer result in hilariously inappropriate admissions from the community, heartbreaking confessions from his own family, and of course, one hell of a showdown. --Daphne Durham

My thoughts:
Wow that was quite a book! I just had to read it when I found out is written by Stephen King's son. There is just so much to this book.

Ig got drunk one night and woke up the next day with horns. People were telling him things that they don't normally tell other people. Like a little girl told him she wanted to burn her mother up in her bed (p18). Everyone in town thought that Ig murdered and raped Merrin Williams. Even his own mother admitted to him that she wished he wasn't her kid and wished it was just Ig's brother Terry around.

This story went back in time to when he met Merrin in church. She had this cross on a necklace and was holding it up to the sun to make it shine and get his attention. There was also Lee, who ended up being a friend of Ig, but wasn't really who he seemed to be. Ig thought Lee saved his life though. Ig went down a hill naked in a shopping cart. He went into the water and thought it was Lee who saved his life.

The necklace ends up being an important item in this story along with a tree house.

I wasn't too sure if I would like the book just from looking at the cover. I didn't know how gruesome it would be. It wasn't bad, except for the snakes. I highly recommend this book!


1 comment:

  1. I didn't realize this guy was his son. I have his first book...remind me and I'll bring it to you!!