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From the opening paragraph Horns hooked me and wouldn't let go. It's a book you won't want to put down, so catch up on sleep before you begin.
Joe has a writing style that most authors would envy. Engaging. Suspenseful. He builds from one mystery to the next while interweaving the past and present to address each mystery in its own due time.
What may draw people to the story, and keep them plugged in, is what the horns symbolize--the inner devil in us all. The theme is explored throughout the book with the people Ignatius meets. Combine insights into the dark side every one of us has with brilliant writing, and you have a classic page-turner.
At times you'll want to throttle the protagonist, Ignatius Perrish. Other times you'll find yourself rooting for him. He evolves. He changes throughout the story. The Ignatius you see on page one is far different from the one you see at the end.
I found Joe Hill through the Amazon best seller list. For those of you who don't know, he is Stephen King's son, but don't let that color your view of him one way or another. He is his own writer. He is a great story-teller. Just read a sample of Horns and see what you think.
Make no mistake though. Horns is a horror novel. There are gruesome death scenes. Thrills. Sex. But it's all integral to the story and not used as a lure to keep you reading.
I give Horns 4 out of 5 stars. Why? Well, to reach 5 stars in the field in which I place Horns the novel would have to be as good as The Talisman or It or The Shining.
He's not there yet, but I have no doubt Joe Hill will reach the same level with subsequent novels.
I will read his other books, Locke and Key and Heart Shaped Box. NOS4A2 is on my list. If you are a fan of horror or thrillers, Horns should be on your list.
I honestly thought the almost ten chapters of back story on Lee was absolutely unnecessary and could have easily been summed up into a few paragraphs with a much better impact on the story. I also absolutely hated the revelation of Merrin's note and the implications that she was almost hoping for something like that to happen to her. Just ridicules. I am interested in how the movie will turn out later this year. I'm hoping they can do the story more justice.
And to be honest, I was a little confused. Because "Guy does bad stuff, wakes up with horns, makes people admit bad things" sound like the kinda thing I would've come across in my elementary school's library. But all the good reviews alongside a Bram Stoker Award had to mean something, right? So I bought it, anyway. And God, am I glad I did.
Within the first few pages, Hill creates a delicious sense of creeping unease--one which only builds as Ig is forced to play confessor and judge to his neighbors, friends, and family. And while identifying a killer becomes the main character's ultimate goal, what makes these moments great is just how real they are. People aren't confessing to off-the-wall desires. They're admitting to wanting and feeling and believing things many people might and likely would want or feel or believe in a similar situation without ever admitting to it. Beyond the creepiness and the darkness, thought, there's also a hilarity to many of the scenes in this book. Hill deflty blends comedy and discomfort over and over, again, as receptionists threaten children and doctors admit to addictions.
But while all these things are great--while all of them will pull you in and keep you reading--what really sets this book apart, and makes it one of my favorites is the beauty and the heartbreak of it all. There are moments in this book where I had to stop reading, where I had to sit back and give myself a chance to just reset. The depth of some scenes is astonishing, and those for whom I've bought the book or to whom I've recommended it have told me they've finished it in tears or were lucky no one was around as they began to sob. I felt chills while reading some scenes, and marvelled at how well Hill seems to tie it all together.
Now, I won't pretend I understand everything about this book. Some things still elude me. But what I do understand is this--Hill created something special with Horns, something the movie never stood a chance at doing justice. And if you're looking for a rollercoaster ride of feeling, you need to give this book a shot.
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