Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Horns by Joe Hill

From  Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with a thunderous hangover, a raging headache, and a pair of horns growing from his temples. At first Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who was raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances. A mental breakdown would have been the most natural thing in the world. But there was nothing natural about the horns, which were all too real.

Once the righteous Ig had enjoyed the life of the blessed: born into privilege, the second son of a renowned musician and younger brother of a rising late-night TV star, he had security, wealth, and a place in his community. Ig had it all, and more—he had Merrin and a love founded on shared daydreams, mutual daring, and unlikely midsummer magic. But Merrin's death damned all that. The only suspect in the crime, Ig was never charged or tried. And he was never cleared. In the court of public opinion in Gideon, New Hampshire, Ig is and always will be guilty because his rich and connected parents pulled strings to make the investigation go away. Nothing Ig can do, nothing he can say, matters. Everyone, it seems, including God, has abandoned him. Everyone, that is, but the devil inside.

Now Ig is possessed of a terrible new power to go with his terrible new look—a macabre talent he intends to use to find the monster who killed Merrin and destroyed his life. Being good and praying for the best got him nowhere. It's time for a little revenge. It's time the devil had his due. 
My Take:  This book was okay for me.  Although I really liked A Heart Shaped Box this just didn't seem to equal that book.  Joe Hill is definately his father's son as I see alot of Stephen King's influence in Hill's writing.  The whole comcept of people telling you exactly what they thought was kind of interesting to me.  I know that I wouldn't want to happen.  I would definetly tell people that if they like King they will probably like Hill.  Worth picking up but I would wait till the paperback comes out. 
I received this through the  First Reads program and was not required to write a good review.


  1. Sounds like something to read from the library, or like you said, the paperback.

    I still haven't read The Heart-Shaped Box, so I should probably begin with that one.

  2. I enjoyed Heart Shaped Box. Maybe I will get this one from the swap or something. Thanks for sharing!


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