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
I hung in with this book purely to see if there was a great ending (there was no ending). Blah blah blah what was the point in all this. What a waste of time. Boring, jumbled, disjointed, poor character interaction. Basically what the hell does this all mean. It left me not wanting anymore from Joe Hill, it will take some time before I try another. Stay away from this book. I have enjoyed his past work but this was horrible......did I mention it was horrible?
I would listen to Horns again because it's a fantastic story!
I don't know if I could compare this to any other books. Horns feels unique and fresh.
Ig was my favorite. Since we follow the character all the way throughout we get a strong connection with him.
I don't want to spoil anything with this book. Although, when you find more about what happened to Ig, it's heart-breaking.
This story turned out pointless for me. I understand the deeper meaning of it all but I really wanted to be able to enjoy the journey. The justice served in the end was so empty for me that I left the book glad it was over with and I could grab a new listen. Narrator fit the story and did a great job though.
When I bought this audio book I had just finished reading Heart-Shaped Box which I loved. I thought It would be a scary history but it’s more like a murder story with a devil in it. So this is not for horror lovers.
Yes, I still think he great author.
I didn't like the narrator at all and he just made the book worse.
There was a lot of parts in this book that was not necessary and also the way the story keeps going back in time annoyed me more than anything.
If you are looking for scary book, this one is not for you.
Someone who likes dark stories
Yes, no problelm with the that. He was a bit shrill at certain points, though
I much rather provide positive feedback, but this was a long unpleasant story with nearly no uplifting moments. Everyone hates the main character and he basically hates everyone else. Any story that has painful moments, also needs a break. Positive things need to happen to break up the hell that them main character goes through.. I disliked this story so much, I stopped reading it about half way through and just read the summary on wikipedia.
The story line for Horns was interesting but I had a rough time sticking with it due to the offensive language. I know that in "reality" some people use this kind of language and I can handle it in small doses. I do not think that there is one character in this book the doesn't use the "F" word in every other sentence. Sorry but there should be some kind of warning with books like this.
I really enjoyed Heart Shaped Box and 20th Century Ghosts but was disappointed by Horns. I tried several times to get into it but haven't been able to listen to more than a few hours. None of the characters are likeable or sympathetic and hearing the meanness their inner most thoughts made me want to take a shower.
If you are a christian I don't think you will like this book. It is very offensive. I don't usually write reviews unless they complement the book, but I feel very strongly about warning others about this book.
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