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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

#Book #Review: 4 out of 5 stars for Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill @joe_hill @HarperCollins

AUTHOR: Joe Hill
PUBLISHER: Harper
PUBLICATION DATE: March 25, 2008 (first published 2007)
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 366 pages
GENRE: Horror
ISBN: 9780061147944
Aging death-metal rock legend Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre: a cookbook for cannibals...a used hangman's noose...a snuff film. But nothing he possesses is as unique or as dreadful as his latest purchase off the Internet: a one-of-a-kind curiosity that arrives at his door in a black heart-shaped box...a musty dead man's suit still inhabited by the spirit of its late owner. And now everywhere Judas Coyne goes, the old man is there—watching, waiting, dangling a razor blade on a chain from his bony hand.


MY REVIEW:

I've wanted to try this author for a long time. I figured that October would be a perfect time for a creepy read like this. 

Judas Coyne (aka Justin Cowzynski) is a middle-aged rocker with a dark side. His assistant tells him about a ghost for sale on the internet. More specifically, it's a suit that comes with its ghostly owner. With his morbid fascination with death, Jude can't resist and makes the purchase. When the package is delivered, he opens that heart-shaped box and gets more than he bargained for. The ghost is the stepfather of his ex-girlfriend, Anna, who claims that he will take Jude down and anyone else who helps him. It's a race against time as Jude goes on a road trip with his current girlfriend, Marybeth, back to Anna's hometown to confront her sister who was the one that sent the box to Jude.

I really liked this one, and this type of book is right up my alley. Jude is the perfect asshole: He's mean, selfish, and is a bit of a user. I didn't particularly like him, so part of my enjoyment was wanting to see Jude get his just desserts. However, as the author unravels Jude's past and we learn more about him, we discover that he's quite a complex character. I found myself softening a bit towards him. I saw the humanity in him, and his genuine care for those he loves...yes, loves, even though that's tough for him to admit. It's there, underneath all that gruffness.

I already own Horns and The Fireman, and I'm looking forward to reading more from Hill.

MY RATING:

4 stars!! It was really good, and you should put it on your TBR if you enjoy horror!

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