Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with a thunderous hangover, a raging headache, and a pair of horns growing from his temples. At first, Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who was raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances. A mental breakdown would have been the most natural thing in the world. But there was nothing natural about the horns, which were all too real.
Once the righteous Ig had enjoyed the life of the blessed: born into privilege, the second son of a renowned musician and younger brother of a rising late-night TV star, he had security, wealth, and a place in his community. Ig had it all, and more—he had Merrin and a love founded on shared daydreams, mutual daring, and unlikely midsummer magic. But Merrin's death damned all that. The only suspect in the crime, Ig was never charged or tried. And he was never cleared. In the court of public opinion in Gideon, New Hampshire, Ig is and always will be guilty because his rich and connected parents pulled strings to make the investigation go away. Nothing Ig can do, nothing he can say, matters. Everyone, it seems, including God, has abandoned him. Everyone, that is, but the devil inside.
Now Ig is possessed of a terrible new power to go with his terrible new look—a macabre talent he intends to use to find the monster who killed Merrin and destroyed his life. Being good and praying for the best got him nowhere. It's time for a little revenge. It's time the devil had his due.
©2010 Joe Hill (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers
but then he does these long flashbacks that slowed the momentum a lot. I skipped the last flashback and didn't even miss anything when we rejoined the present. Not sure if I would read another, definitely a mixed bag.
This book had me going from the first sentence. I was fascinated by Igg's story and couldn't wait to find out what happened next. This sort of tragic dark comedy speaks to something dark in me...and I love it.
Iggy...of course. Because he seems to always be discovering things about himself...and he owns it.
Yes...this author spoke all of the characters extremely well. I had a great picture in my minds eye throughout the whole story.
Yes....for sure...I locked myself in my room just to continue listening.
I have already purchased Heart Shaped Box.
The summary gives you no clue this book is a diatribe on satanism and porn. I believed it was a murder mystery with a unique twist. It was simply too offensive and seriously depressing. Too bad Joe Hill is leaning towards his Dad's later work for reference. In the last 5 yrs I've given up on King writing anything relevant.
No. I enjoyed his narrative.
Love books, listen to 3-4 books a week, thriller and true crimes favorite.
As I said at first it starts off shaky or confusing and I wasn't sure I was going to finish the listen but towards the middle book gets really good and I got into it and enjoy the listen to the end. I'm very happy with this purchase
I don't write book reports.
I was asking my friend if she read "Horns" by Joe Hill and she suggested that I should pick it up and give it a try. Joe Hill is an offspring of Stephen King, which is awesome because it's another generation of horror. I've read Hill's other book about the Rolls Royce and I wasn't too impressed, but with "Horns", I really enjoyed it and couldn't stop listening. For those who knows his father's work, there is always a demented side in his readers and that's why we keep reading. In his son's writing in Horns, Joe Hill carries his father's traits so good it should made his old man cry by raising him as an excellent writer. It makes me what to read more of his son's work then the King of horror.
Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
Another good Joe Hill thriller. For me this is one was more fantastical than the others.
Ig, our main character looses the love of his life and after a year or so of drinking and no meaningful relationships he wakes up one morning with small horns growing out of his head. Mysteriously no one is freaked out by the fact and whomever he comes in contact with want to tell him their most horrible acts and feelings. Ig, all in all is a good person and is finding the people he has known and loved all of his life disgust and appall him.
His lifetime girlfriend was raped and murdered and even though they had no evidence pointing to him, everyone thinks he did it. Now that he has the horns and there many abilities he sets off to set the story straight. I good paced, well narrated story and I am looking forward to watching it on TV staring Daniel Radcliffe.
I may listen to it later on.
Joe Hill does a great job with characters.
No i have not.
This was an intriguing story, well thought out and action packed! I would definitely recommend this book. The only reason it is not getting a 5 star review is because I felt the ending was a bit incomplete.
I would have to say my favorite character is the horns. They put an interesting twist on old beliefs.
He is very well read and did great with the characters voices.
This is my favorite one so far. The Joe Hill/Fred Berman combination was perfect, absolutely perfect. I have a few other audio books I'm listening to, but this one demanded my attention from the start and I quickly shelved the others. Now that it's finished, I can't stop thinking about it. I want more.
The premise is simple, yet creative enough to stand out from your typical modern horror novel. And it's all centered around a singular, horrible event. At times, I felt sick; my own jealousy being aroused to such an extant that I had to take a break from the book. But this was all done by design and executed wonderfully!
He's the best, simply the best. Believable, consistent, convincing. The ease in which he slips in and out of different characters is astounding. His performance during the restaurant scene literally had me in tears. Incredible. I want him to read all my favorite books!
I was initially skeptical of Joe Hill once I found out who his father is. I was afraid he'd be nothing more than an entitled wannabe author riding on daddy's coattails. Thankfully, I was proven wrong. Terribly, horribly wrong. Horns quickly became one of my favorite books of all time and I can't wait to read the rest of his work. He's inspired me in so many ways and I truly hope this is the beginning of a long and wonderful relationship! Now just get Fred Berman to read everything else from now on!
Mother of 8, grandmother of 10, RN and book nerd...
I'm not sure what I expected, but I really enjoyed this book. I can hear the "King" influence in parts of the story, but, predominantly all his own style. The lovable characters were easy to love, the hateful ones, easy to dislike. The story was quite original and I enjoyed the play on good vs evil, (not always so black and white). I've purchased NOS4A2, and I'm a 1/3 of the way through. At this point, I enjoyed Horns much more. I will keep looking for more by Hill, based on my experience with Horns. Now that I know he can create a story like Horns, I'm hooked. Worth the credit or price. Narration was perfect for this!
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