Another Book Review YAY!
It’s like I actually read books and talk about them. What is this magic?
Author: Joe Hill
Publisher: William Morrow
Page #: 368
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy/Magical Realism
Now some of you might recognize the title because the book is currently being adapted into a film starting Daniel Radcliffe which honestly looks great. I am one of those people who likes to read the book before the film … mostly because of the reasons that I explained in my post on rereading. However I am mostly using this as an excuse to jump into Joe Hill’s writing.
I have been eyeing both Horns, NOS4A2, and his graphic novel series Locke and Key for a while now. The release of a movie trailer, was enough to push me into motion. I’m glad it did because I really enjoyed this book.
Horns is a tragic love story. Horns is a murder mystery. Horns is a revenge plot. Horns is salvation and damnation mixed together to the point where you no longer can tell which end is up in the most perfect way. There were multiple points while I was reading this novel that I felt I needed to pause and think about what was being suggested. It seeks to reach into the very heart of humanity and pull out the filmy pulsing core.
It was a quick read for me, not because it was simple but because it flowed so seamlessly from one point to the next that it is difficult to put the book down for very long. The characters are raw and real, you care about them and their emotional journey. For a book about a man who wakes up one morning with magic horns it is surprisingly palpable.
If you are look for something horror filled, this isn’t it. However, if you are looking for a thriller that might just tug at one or two of your heart strings. By all means give this bad boy a try. I was satisfied with it, so should you be. Some might argue that the big reveal happens too early on in the book, but I felt that it was perfectly timed. The book isn’t just a murder mystery, there is a lot more that needs to happen to absolve these characters than simply figuring out who done it.
I would warn that it discusses the pain of losing a loved one to a violent death that includes rape (including describing the scene in which that happens). Though it was done tastefully enough in my opinion. I think that as a story that takes the point of view of a wrongly accused murder suspect it looks into how the whole town reacts to something traumatic like this without making the protagonist seem off colored.
All in all:
A well written, thrilling, palpable read that I really enjoyed and will probably stick with me for a while.
I hope you guys are doing well and will have a great weekend. I will talk to you again on Sunday when I let you know everything you need to about VIXX.