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
The story is very good much as you would expect from the King family. But I write this review for the narrator. He is absolutely outstanding. In my opinion one of the 2 top narrators I have listened to in more than 100 books. He could probably make one cry at the reading of the declaration of independence. His inflections are spot on every time. Love him.
William R, Dempster
Fred Berman has a speech pattern that has always grated on my nerves. He cannot say contractions, so the performance is filled with didit, wouldit, couldit, rather than the correct didn't wouldn't and couldn't, etc. It is so distracting that I had to ditch the audiobook and go to the print version of this excellent Joe Hill story.
From Wilm., De. Love reading and audiobooks. Other interests include cooking, attending cultural events, my dogs, birding, music and movies.
A good storyline, plenty of interesting characters, but a little long winded and drawn out. Many shifts in time from present, past and future -, made it difficult to follow. Still a worthwhile read for all Hill fans.
The story was somewhat complicated at times but resolved itself quite well. It really made you think about the definition of right and wrong.
To my memory I have never read anything that could be rightly considered "horror". While I will admit that this wasn't downright scary or anything, it was still a first for me. To my surprise, I loved it! Suggested it to a friend of mine and she loved it as well. I really love Joe Hill's style of writing and his ideas are completely original. I would seriously consider reading more of his works (some of them may be a little too scary for me, so I'll have to wait for one similar to Horns).
p.s. skip the film adaptation.
I found this book to be very slow paced. Much slower than I had expected.
The ending was good. It was well wrapped up.
He really did well on the female characters.
No. Things are tied up nice and neat
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