Horns by Joe Hill

The feeling when you finish a book is so satisfying. No matter what book I am reading, I always feel more intelligent after I finish it. I finished Horns last week and I just got side tracked but now I have time to actually write a full review on this book. I will be talking about spoilers so if you’re not interested in spoilers and want to read this book, stop reading this post write now!

I became interested in reading this book when I heard about the Daniel Radcliffe movie version coming out during Halloween. I wanted to see it in the theater, but my small town didn’t have it. I looked into this book and added it to my good reads list. I also found out later that the write of this book, Joe Hill, is the biological son of Stephen King. So that made me more interested in reading it.

This book is about Ig Perrish. It’s a year after the rape and murder of his beloved girlfriend Merrin Williams. He wakes up the morning after her anniversary and discovers that he has devil horns protruding from his skull. After discovering this, he also realizes he can hear people’s deepest and darkest secrets. An example of this is when Ig visits his doctor regarding the horns, his doctor asks Ig if he should sleep with his daughter’s seventeen year old best friend. Ig realizes the amazing gifts his horns bring and he decides to track down who really killed Merrin.

What is so fascinating about this book, is that it didn’t play out like I thought it was going to. I thought the killer would be revealed in the last couple of pages. Instead the killer is revealed very early on. It’s a childhood friend of Ig’s. In a section of the book, we find out more about the killer and how he displayed signs of his narcissism and his psychopathic tendencies.

The climax of this book is really satisfying. We see how Ig’s childhood friend gets justice which is very rewarding to see. It’s a very violent death, and whether or not the killer deserved it or not is a different discussion all together.

This book is a really fast read. Usually, I read books right before I go to bed, but this book I was taking with me everywhere and whenever I had any sort of free time, I would read this book because I wanted to know what happens! I felt the writing itself was intelligent and I really liked Ig Perrish as a character.

I would highly recommend this book and I think on good reads I gave it three stars! It was really enjoyable but I wouldn’t rank it one of my all time favorite books. If you’re looking for a mystery with a fantasy aspect to it, this is the perfect book for you!

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