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
This is the second Joe Hill novel I've listened to. It started a bit slow and I was wondering if I'd made a mistake. Then I found myself making excuses to listen! Ig is a genuinely good guy and makes all the right moves.
I haven't read the print version, but the narrator does such a good job at conveying the different characters, through voices and intonations, that I would guess the answer to be yes.
Although he was a dislikable character, the explanation of Lee Tourneau's background and childhood was much more revealing about his character than I expected it to be. I liked Ig a lot, and thought when the story drifted from him it wouldn't be as interesting, but I was wrong.
The narrator does a good job creating all the different character's voices, the girls, boys, men and women each having memorable ways of speaking. Of course he does Ig particularly well. He also manages to get across the dark humor that is crucial for the story to work.
I listened to this before Serial came out, but was surprised by the similarities between the two stories. Fans of Serial - check out this book.
I could not get enough! taking the long way home was well worth it with this book !
Yes, lots of intense moments LOVED IT !
I have not, but Truly enjoyed his performance as Ig and Glenna
When Ig hears voices coming from the hatch in the tree house and what he discovers .
Yes. It's an interesting idea to wake up with horns sprouting out of one's forehead, and how that might affect your life.
The mysterious murder of Merrin.
I believed him, and I always knew who was speaking. He adapted to each character.
"Be careful what you wish for"
Glad this guy is writing. He's a new fave.
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 read nothing that is popular.
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.
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