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)
Such an amazing story! I got to a point where I was just wishing people would go away so I could listen to more.
Both Jude & Marybeth were brilliant characters. Add Craddock & Anna to that mix & wow, fantastic story! Not to forget about Bon & Angus too.
I loved the narrator too, the way he used different voices, both sexes & the accents were so believable.
Overall I wish I could give 10 stars for every facet of this book.
Probably - length wise it was good and the story wasn't bad. It was a pretty good ghost story.
Yes, in a way and I wouldn't say on the edge of my seat - only in a way that the characters kept moving. They never stayed too long in one place, which kept me engaged as reader.
Articulate. Monotone. Low.
No extreme reactions, and I certainly didn't laugh or cry.
As a ghost story, Joe Hill's "Heart-Shaped Box" wasn't all that bad. The length was just right in a way that the story didn't feel too drawn out and the plot was engaging enough that the story never felt monotonous.
Altogether the characters were likable and somewhat relatable. After reading other reviews, apparently the concept was not wholly original; however I still enjoyed the perspective and for a ghost story, it wasn't all that bad.
And as the title suggests, the story is full of music references.
Pros: decent enough ghost story, likable main character, and not too long.
Cons: some of the plot devices tended to be a bit cliche and there were a few moments that lent itself to being "too convenient" to move the plot along.
Bottom line: not bad, but also not great.
I only got this book because my niece turned me onto the Locke and Key series with Joe Hill. I liked this book so much, such a great story and the narration was just outstanding that I recommended that she give it a whirl as she likes all things associated with a good ghost story and this was a great ghost story!
I'm a Stephen King fan, but this book really hit home it's a lot like Stephen King never boring always something going on and ending was fantastic will read more of his books
This was my first Joe Hill novel and while it was a decent listen I just don't know if I like this style. The story was predictable but it kept my interest throughout. The tone of the book seemed to be monotone and the narrator was very good at being monotone. Almost so much that I would be falling asleep. The horror genre is not something I have read in so long that maybe it just isn't my cup of tea anymore or maybe I should stick to actually reading them instead of listening. I have another Joe Hill book on my library of listens so I will give both Joe Hill and the horror genre another shot. I listened to the whole book but have very mixed feelings about liking it or hating it.
Audible is better than TV
This is the second book I have read of Joe Hills, and I think it is very good. A very unique ghost story. The characters were alive, and I cared about what happened to them. The story and pace were fantastic.
It took me a chapter or two to understand the rhythm of the narrator, but once we were dancing to the same song he was great.
On the downside, the music between chapters needs to be deleted because it is very annoying.
The narrator's voice sent chivers down my spine multiple times throughout the story. The different voices used for the different characters fit so perfectly with the persons I made up in my mind it is spooky. The intonations, pauses, and fluctuation gives life to an excellent story.
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