Published by Harper Collins on 2010-02-16
Genres: Horror, Thrillers
Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with a thunderous hangover, a raging headache . . . and a pair of horns growing from his temples.At first Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who was raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances. A mental breakdown would have been the most natural thing in the world. But there was nothing natural about the horns, which were all too real.
Once the righteous Ig had enjoyed the life of the blessed: born into privilege, the second son of a renowned musician and younger brother of a rising late-night TV star, he had security, wealth, and a place in his community. Ig had it all, and more—he had Merrin and a love founded on shared daydreams, mutual daring, and unlikely midsummer magic.
But Merrin's death damned all that. The only suspect in the crime, Ig was never charged or tried. And he was never cleared. In the court of public opinion in Gideon, New Hampshire, Ig is and always will be guilty because his rich and connected parents pulled strings to make the investigation go away. Nothing Ig can do, nothing he can say, matters. Everyone, it seems, including God, has abandoned him. Everyone, that is, but the devil inside. . . .
Now Ig is possessed of a terrible new power to go with his terrible new look—a macabre talent he intends to use to find the monster who killed Merrin and destroyed his life. Being good and praying for the best got him nowhere. It's time for a little revenge. . . . It's time the devil had his due. . . .
I first heard about Horns through a preview for the film adaptation. I thought the preview looked good, but upon hearing it was based on a book, I knew I had to read the book first. Both seemed like they were more horror/thrillers, which isn’t really my cup of tea, but I thought I’d give it a chance anyway. Even several weeks after finishing, I’m still unsure how I felt about it.
A good thing to point out, which I didn’t initially realize, is that Joe Hill is Stephen King’s son. While his writing style isn’t exactly the same as Stephen King’s, I did find it kind of similar. I’m not really a huge Stephen King fan, but again, I decided to give it a chance anyway.
I found the story line to be really interesting, if a bit confusing. Though there were some parts of the book that had me so bored, I considered giving up, I was really curious to know why and how Ig came to have his horns and his powers and what they meant, so I powered through. For the most part, I was intrigued. I liked the way we found out bits and pieces of the past, and seeing how flawed all the other characters were, but still, I was mostly in it for the answers.
When it came to the answers, though, I was kind of disappointed. I mean, by the end, I did have some answers, but it was nowhere near what I expected, and I’m still really confused. There was a twist that was just super hard to wrap my head around. Overall, I’m glad I read it, though I’m not exactly rushing to read anything else by Joe Hill.