A Novel

Hill, Joe

Book - 2010
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
After his childhood sweetheart is brutally killed and suspicion falls on him, Ig Parrish goes on a drinking binge and wakes up with horns on his head, hate in his heart, and an incredible new power which he uses in the name of vengeance.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, 2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 0061147958
Characteristics: 370 p. ;,22 cm.


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Sep 11, 2014
  • JCLRachelC rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A year after the horrific rape and murder of his one true love, Ignatius Perrish got drunk, did terrible things, and woke up the next morning with horns growing from his forehead. Horns that compel others to confess their true, worst thoughts, and makes them seek permission to do the terrible things they always wanted to do. Ig may resemble a demon, but real demons reside everywhere, much to his horror.

I picked this book up on the suggestion of a friend, who said that I was the only person he knew who could appreciate how utterly twisted it was. And it is delightfully twisted. Horrific secrets come to light, no one is as you would expect, and even the timeline is twisted around in a series of flashbacks that keep the suspense rolling.

This is a good one for book groups, as there are a number of points for good debate, and given the upcoming movie featuring Daniel Radcliffe, this will probably get popular very soon.

Sep 10, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I cannot wait to see what they do for the film version of this.

Ig Perrish had a pretty decent life with his girlfriend Merrin until she was raped and murdered and he was blamed for it. He was never charged with anything but her murderer was never found and in the court of public opinion he is guilty beyond any shadow of a doubt.

One year later, Ig wakes up with horns growing out of his forehead and these horns come with some very specific powers - like making everyone near him want to tell him their deepest darkest secrets.

It's a horror story, a mystery, a thriller, and a meditation of grief and what happens when your life is ruined by not only the death of a loved one but being blamed for it. There's a fair amount of religious imagery and satire and meditations on good and evil too so even while the content can be outrageous there is still some deeper thought in here too as we watch what Ig becomes and wonder how much of this is actually his own choice.

May 14, 2014
  • pamcora87 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a highly engaging book that explore various aspects of humanity. Ig's character features a complexity that is easily to relate to; a battle within ourselves to choose either good or evil.

After the death of his girlfriend Merrin, Ig finds himself in a world of trouble. He is blamed for her murder and must try to solve the crime to prove his own innocence. Little does he realize that sometimes, the people closest to you will do you the most harm.

The writing is superb, and the plot twists are excellently played out. The only think I particularly disliked about this book were the sometimes slowly paced flashbacks. Although most of them are relevant and necessary to the story line, I would have preferred the facts learned during these instances to be delivered in a more concise, fast paced, fashion.

All in all, a great book that will have you thinking about the ending and Ig Perrish for longer than you would imagine.

Jan 31, 2014
  • elvispizza rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

My favourite of his novels, with the most interesting premise, and engaging to the end, whereas both Heart Shaped Box and N0S482 seemed more formulaic and predictable. Almost as rewarding as his collection of stories: Twentieth Century Ghosts. I am unshaken in my belief that, at least as far as so-called genre fiction, short stories deliver more bang for the buck. Joe's collection is wonderful, surpassing the genre pigeonhole.

Oct 07, 2013
  • NJMassey86 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I just finished it and... well, overall it was great. There were times that it threw me and I got a little lost but I figured it out in the end. I have a lot of questions and little to no answers but I think the point is for it to be open to interpretation. I wonder how they're going to capture everything in the film. I definitely recommend it!

Jul 01, 2013
  • tbebb rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This one lost me a couple of times but didn't waiver in my knowledge that I am a fan of Joe Hill. Write on!

The transformation, the revenge, the effects of evil and of love are all present in this tale that both does and does not end up where it starts.

Read it!

Feb 26, 2013
  • iantonia rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Weird book. First of all, I pretty much read it in a day and for that it definitely delivers a good thriller that keeps you interested. Second, there were flashbacks I could've used without and descriptions that were unnecessary (and some I even skipped completely), but overall it is well written. It left me with plenty of questions even though I can't decide whether that is a good or a bad thing. Also, I had a hard time understanding Ig even in the end, as he seemed too thin as a character and somehow very underdeveloped. But overall, I recommend it to anybody who loves horror thrillers. Definitely worth a read.

Feb 02, 2013
  • OldDarth rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Horns scrapes by the sophomore slump with an interesting concept that never tells a tale that dares to take full advantage of its potential.

Nov 15, 2012

I loved this book.

Nov 14, 2012
  • dumbghosts rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Interesting premise, but the book ultimately fails to deliver. The characters are paper-thin and mimic (I'm going to say it) those of another rather famous horror writer. In the end, the love story between Ig and Merrill hold more weight than the supernatural plot. Something I found to be evident in Hill's previous book as well. A quick airplane read. Literally.

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Apr 03, 2011
  • cmills10 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Teen sex, rape, sex, falashio

Apr 03, 2011
  • cmills10 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Violence: Murder, blood, smashed skull, rape, drowning, death, killing, youth pranks, dangerous horseplay, dangerous stunts

Apr 03, 2011
  • cmills10 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Shit, fuck, slut, whore


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