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Product Details

  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Books of the Dead (March 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0986815721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0986815720
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,951,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I really liked this book for its gory depictions and the story was pretty good too.
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That being said, the villain is interesting and original, most of the characters are well developed, and the story moves at a good pace.
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This was one of the best horror novels I've ever read, especially for a first novel.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Bret Jordan on February 5, 2011
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Ever been scared of stuff that shouldn't scare you? I'm talking about things like bags of leaves, sweaters, ski jackets and such. No? Well, Husk could possibly be the novel to change that.

It's the story of a serial killer, an ancient god, human sacrifice, things coming back from the dead and things that aren't normally dangerous that suddenly come to life. There is nowhere to hide from this terror. It can get to you no matter where you are. It's like a ghost, but it isn't. No, this evil is something new and different. Husk is a roller coaster horror ride. It will make you want to scream in terror while you are on it, but once it's over you'll just look at the cover, and it is an exceptional cover by the way, and go 'WOW'.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By SMcCaffery on February 14, 2011
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I had read a couple of Matt Hults's short stories before buying and reading HUSK. It's his first novel, and you'll be stunned at how good a storyteller he is, how tightly he plots and how he can sustain the pace while throwing plenty of curveballs. I suspect that other published writers will feel a twinge or two of envy. I've no idea if this book made the NYC publishing rounds, but if it did, those who elected not to publish it really missed out. I'm sure Books of the Dead Press is glad. It's the kind of book that will undoubtedly generate word of mouth buzz and sell pretty well. Think of classic Stephen King colliding with early James Patterson (before the stable of co-writers).

Stories of crazed serial killers are a dime a dozen, but there's nothing stereotypical about Hults's debut novel. His writing is very cinematic (which I like), and this story would make a great horror-thriller film treatment. You know that shopworn reviewer's phrase from yesteryear -- "I started reading it and couldn't put it down!" -- ? Well, it applies to this novel. I downloaded it while traveling on business. I was pretty tired after a full day, but I ended up reading it until 2 a.m. Cannot wait for Hults's second novel!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kevin J Burke on March 24, 2011
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Found this one while searching for zombie books. It's technically not a zombie book, but man, is it some high quality horror. I don't make recommendations lightly, so it says a lot that I immediately loaned this to my brother. I recommend it to every horror fan out there. Just make sure to read it in the daytime!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Stone on January 31, 2011
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There's a whole spectrum of horror, from the quiet creepy kind to the visceral hack 'n' slash thriller. I'd say Husk is closer to the latter than the former. Matt Hults' strength lies in his ability to paint large explosive scenes, and to keep the momentum going in between with some charming and thoughtful interplay between his characters, many of whom are awkward and difficult teenagers. If you ever enjoyed (even grudgingly) a movie like Halloween, Friday the 13th or A Nightmare on Elm Street, you'll love Husk. I did.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Neverwas on July 14, 2013
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I know I'll get a lot of down-votes for saying I didn't like this book by people who did, but I'm giving my two cents anyway. I bought this book because of all the gushing, five-star reviews. One or more even referenced a level of talent on par with Stephen King. Well, quite frankly that's an insult to Mr. King.

I'm an avid reader, particularly of the horror genre. I finished up another book I found enjoyable the day before I started reading 'The Husk', and was immediately absorbed in another book the day after I finished reading 'The Husk'. So this was not a matter of me just not being in the mood to read.

Simply put, I found this book incredibly boring. I literally had to force myself through it, which is very rare for me, because I never just stop reading a book. I have to give it a chance until the end. The writing was technically fine, and the story concept was fine. Yes, there were some aspects that didn't make total sense, but I've read worse. The glaring problem with this book, for me, was that I just couldn't find myself caring for any of the characters. Tim was the only character I even came close to caring about. I got the impression that I was 'supposed' to care about detective Melissa, but from pretty much her first scene I was bored with her. The characters just were not fleshed out well at all.

On top of that, 'The Killer' entity wasn't even scary. Sure, he mutilated and killed people, but he was as empty as the 'husks' he inhabited. This, along with the lack of fleshing out the other characters, is simply due to the author's lack of ability to give a story life. Going back to the King reference...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By HKDaddyO on November 11, 2011
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First, I have to say that this book kept me interested and isn't that what books are supposed to do? Unfortunately, I was interested only up until nearly the end of the book when the wheels fell off the plot and it just became silly and a bit nonsensical. If the plot was implausible before that, it was downright ridiculous at the end. But the thing that REALLY kept annoying me, over and over again ad nauseum, was the author's insistence on writing about lightning and thunder in the sky. It had zero to do with the plot and I suppose the author thought talking about the storm added tension and a threatening ambience to the book, but what it really did was annoy me no end. There must be 50 references to lightning in the second half of the book alone, and there was just no good reason for it that I could discern. For those reasons, and just generally for irritating me enough to write about it, I've dropped the book down to three stars. Still, for $4.95 one can't expect Stephen King and, as I said, it keeps one interested. Most of the way, anyhow.
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