I will sell my stepfather's ghost to the highest bidder.
For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. He isn't afraid. He has spent a lifetime coping with ghosts: of an abusive father, of the lovers he callously abandoned, of the bandmates he betrayed. What's one more? But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost. It's the real thing.
And suddenly the suit's previous owner is everywhere: behind the bedroom door...seated in Jude's restored vintage Mustang...standing outside his window...staring out from his widescreen TV. Waiting - with a gleaming razor blade on a chain dangling from one hand.
A multiple award-winner for his short fiction, author Joe Hill immediately vaults into the top echelon of dark fantasists with a masterwork brimming with relentless thrills and acid terror.
©2007 Joe Hill; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers
"Powerful....[Hill's] subtle and skillful treatment of horrors that could easily have exploded over the top and out of control helps make this a truly memorable debut." (Publishers Weekly)
"Mr. Hill elicits honest empathy for Jude, who turned his stage persona into a nightmare version of his fears and must now figure out what strength he has left for legitimate battles. This dynamic is both frightening and funny, and the book weaves together those two threads in clever ways." (The New York Times)
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This is a ghost story in the vein of a no-brainer summer novella. You'd read it on the beach, and toss it out when you were done. Or take it on the plane. This is a book to relax to. Not for the kiddies there's some gross bits, but the narrator does a good job, and spins the scary tale with finesse.
Maybe I'm to critical considering all the high star ratings on this one. The core story was creepy enough but it played like a Lifetime movie...weak premises to move the story forward and kind of corny at times and with main character's who you could barely like better yet root for. Over all it was OK. I would have quit it half way through if I hadn't been on a long drive.
I didn't realize the author was Stephen King's son, but I chose it because it was recommended by King and was not disappointed. The characters aren't particularly deep, but their suffering (past and present) makes them appealing nonetheless. There are some VERY dark parts of this book and the protagonist is NOT likeable at all until close to the end of the book. This isn't a book to listen to with the kids and probably won't appeal to people with more conservative sensibilities, but it is a great, dark, gritty, imaginative book.
I only bought this book because I had a free credit. I had a hard time at the beginning of the book trying to get into it, but then all of a sudden I wanted to keep listening and not turn it off... Very pleasantly surprised that I was liking this book. Some things were a little darker than I wanted to hear (not anything that really had to do with the main story), but I was very pleased! It definitely kept me hooked!
This is one of those incredibly dark stories that keeps haunting you well after the power is turned off.
Very well written and the narration is top notch!
This book immediately immerses you in deep creepiness, and doesn't stop until the denouement. Mr. Hill has a fine, compact writing style, with vivid characterizations and a great sense of what makes things really scary. You'll hear an occasional turn of phrase in here that shows real artistry, too. The narration was perfect, as good as any book I've gotten here; a wonderful job with regional accents. I listen to my Audible books on my morning walks, but I got hooked enough on this one that I'd listen for an hour or two after I got home, too. I also gave my dogs extra treats :)
Great jobs by Mr. Hill and Mr. Lang!
This was one of the best ghost stories I've ever read! I was into this book from the very start! Steven King... make room...
This story really messes with your head, but it's highly entertaining. The narrator was excellent; his characterizations really added to the creep factor.
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