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)
I got a similar enjoyment as that a of a very good Stephen King book. I feel Joe Hill has a great way of drawing you in to the characters so you can worry for them/with them. Interesting concept for a story - more fresh than recent novels by his Dad, Stephen King (who I loved reading in his prime).
This book had me riveted from the beginning. Hill masterfully creates a ghost story which rivals his father's (Stephen King) works. Has the ability to cause nightmares it's sooo good! I highly recommend this book.
I can get a bit moody but overall a happy person who loves her life! I have an amazing husband and 2 great boys who can get on my nerves!
This was my first audio book and it kept me on the edge of my seat...Like reading a book of I can't put down, I just couldn't turn this off. And if I did, 5 minutes later, I would turn it back on again. I finished listening to it in about 2 days...and thats because I had to work and sleep! I was sad when it was over!
Author, rabid Audible listener.
Ghost stories must not be my thing because they can do a good job of making you feel closed in and a bit scared, they just don't do much for me. Heart Shaped Box was a very good book with excellent narration by Stephen Lang. I'm only giving the book 3 stars because I think the whole story behind how the ghost came to be and the characters behind it were just not that well thought out... if there was just some more behind the plot of this story I would have given it 4 stars. Still, if you like a good dark ghost story this is one for you. There is very little comic relief or levity in this book so be in the right frame of mind before jumping in.
I tried to get into the book, but couldn't force myself to keep going. The supernatural stuff was totally predictable to the point that the main character (a cardboard protagonist) might have ended up being bored to death. I don't know, because I didn't listen to more than an hour. I think the narrator was ok, given the two-dimensionality of the material he had to work with. I would say, if you're into the horror genre, give this a miss, unless you're ready for a nap.
I got this cause it was halloween season and i wanted a good ghost story. this exceeded my expectations! i really thought this book was great. they need to make a movie out of it, but a good one where they dont change everything in it!
I enjoyed this book except for the music that interrupted the story at weird points. I would recommend it although something was missing. Maybe the descriptions weren't alive. I was never able to figure out what was missing from the telling of the story. Still, I found the plot interesting and I found it the audio version of a "page turner."
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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.
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