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 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
I loved this story and it filled me with envy to have not had a highschool sweetheart or to have loved like the characters had. the writing is top notch. the narrating was... alright.
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.
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