I thought this book was terrific. Dense plotting, interesting characters, and a touching, if very dark, story. It's not for the feint of heart. I only take a half point off because there are moments, particularly during the flashback portions, when the pace slackens a little.
Ig Perrish and Merrin Williams were the perfect couple. Their love was the love that everyone wants but very few people get. But one horrible night Merrin is raped and murdered, and Ig is the prime suspect. Theyíd just had a loverís quarrel. Ig was never found guilty, but he was never cleared either. Now a year later Ig wakes up to discover horns coming out of the top of his head. Horns that make everyone who sees them tell him their deepest and darkest desires and secrets.
Hill's writing on the sentence level is gorgeous. He eloquently evokes everything about small New Hampshire towns. He also is talented at drawing three-dimensional male characters; the females are not as well-done, however.
Yet, the story itself fell apart at the end for me. Where it started out as a literary paranormal suspense, at the end it becomes something Nicholas Sparks would write if he was on crack. I, honestly, was not expecting a tragic love story. I was expecting horror and demons and the worst of humanity. I can only handle mushiness if I'm expecting it, and honestly the ending just felt so ordinary compared to the rest of the book.
Itís hard to categorize this book. Itís definitely not the horror book I was imagining. Iíd call it literary paranormal suspense. Itís a classic tragedy wrapped in mystery and the paranormal. It didnít work for me, because, well, classic love tragedies tend not to. However, I could see some people loving it. Perhaps people who loved The Notebook and paranormal romance equally well.
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I read Heart-Shaped Box and really liked it... I've read Horns and LOVED IT! The amount of maturation and sophistication that is in this latest from Joe Hill is stunning! It carries on the family legacy without copying his dad. Much like his dad, the most obvious bad guy is really not the worst, and you will find yourself rooting for him much as you did for Tony Soprano. I highly recommend this book...I couldn't put it down!