Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Horns by Joe Hill

It's gotten to the point that if the book is written by Joe Hill I'm going to read it regardless of the plot. I didn't really look to see what this book was about when I picked it up and was surprised by the wonderful concept that is this book. It sounds like a horror novel but plays out more like a thriller.
It's been a year since Ig Perrish's girlfriend, Merrin, was mudered. He was supposed to go to London for work but ended up staying behind as the number one suspect in her murder. His life is ruined and everyone secretly believes he did it. After going to the murder site and getting drunk, Ig wakes up with horns growing out of his head. He quickly discovers that the horns come with a particularly irritating power that encourages people to tell him their darkest secrets and ask his permission to sin.
It doesn't take long before he discovers that no one really believed he was innocent and blames him for ruining their lives. It, also, doesn't take long for him to discover what really happened that night.
The book covers just a couple days but steps back in time often to inform the reader of key events that led up to the morning of the horns.
Ig believes he is becoming a demon and begins to question God and religion. There are so many twists and turns as he discovers that he may have been the only person in his life that didn't have secrets.
Joe Hill builds up the suspense but leaves the reader with such a sweet and touching ending that you almost forget what led up to it. Great book for lovers of thrillers, horror and even those who like to ponder religious beliefs.
I can't wait for the next Joe Hill book to come to the library. I think he is going to give his dad (Stephen King) a run for the title of King of the Novels.

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