OK, I know it's supposed to have been written by Stevie's son, but... Given the age of the main character, the mention of AC/DC (if I remember correctly, a favorite of the senior Mr. King), the descriptive narrative, the whole feel of the book makes me wonder, if it wasn't written by the master, have his books been ghost-written by the son???
This was the first book which made me wish my road trip was 3 hours longer just so I could finish it.
Say something about yourself!
OK! Am I the only one who thinks that the latter Steven King books have become wordy, predictable, and – frankly – a bit boring? Unfortunately, it seems to me that Joe Hill has learned at the knee of the latter (father) Steven King, not the early (daddy) Steven King.
The opening scenes of Heart Shaped Box were excellent. I have been around for many, many years and I find few books, films, etc. to be pleasantly scary. The opening of this book was excellent. It was scary. But then, the story settled into repetitious scenes, much ghost-babble, uninteresting flash backs, etc. In fact, words, words, words.
I once accused an author of writing as if he were paid by the word. The same thought occurred to me while reading this book. “Get on with it, man!”
I found this book to be ultimately boring. (Pre-thanks to the one or two of you who will agree with me.) Oh, yes – good reader!
Good first effort. Unlike the other reviewers, I was not "blown away" by this book. I did not find the book scary or even disturbing. I actually found it predictable and rather plodding, essentially the same scenario occuring over and over again. That said, I would recommend this book with reservations. It's kind of like Stephen King on Nyquil.
This is an amazing book - If I could have given it 10 stars I would have. Stephen King is getting a run for his money from his son Joe. Written in the true vein of previous King novels. The narrator (sort of Sam Elliot-ish) makes this book an even better listen. I'm totally looking forward to the rest of Mr. Hill's books!
This booked created a nice mixture of suspense and horror. I listened to it in two days while working on my yard. I usually tire of a book and have to go back to finish, but this one didn't try to shock you as much as keep a constant pace.
I highly recommend.
This was a refreshing break from the norm and the cliche. Not your ordinary cookie cutter thriller. Gripping, an exciting ride from the very beginning to the end!!! If you are searching for a really good thriller, look no further, you've found it. I promise you will not be disappointed.
I too bought the book because of the King name and was not disappointed. This is a real old fashioned ghost story that is hard to find today. Most authors, including, Mr. King, try to find novel plots never used before, but it's nice to read a good old scary tale.
This is the first review I have written and thats only because this is a Great book!! The apple does not fall far from the tree here, at all. This author will do Great things, just like his father. He has a great imagination and keeps you going and wanting More. Outstanding, a Must read if you like Stephen King and beyond!!
I wanted to like it but, I just never grew to like the charecters. The story was so dark with very few light or redeeming moments. I found listening painful. I was glad when it was over.