Review: Heart-Shaped Box

Heart-Shaped Box, Joe Hill(I read this book as part of 1book140. Keep up with the latest over at The Atlantic!)

Aging death-metal rockstar Judas Coyne is a collector of awful things, including a cookbook for cannibals, a used hangman’s noose, and a genuine snuff film. He’s always been intrigued by the macabre, and so when the chance arises to purchase a suit supposedly haunted by the ghost of a dead man, Judas goes for it.

But the black, heart-shaped box which arrives contains more than a suit. Judas really has purchased a ghost, and now the frightening figure lurks in hallways, behind doors, and even inside Judas’ television.

Forget campfire stories and episodes of “Scooby-Doo”; this is a very real—and very angry—ghost. It has a score to settle with Judas Coyne, and it won’t stop until Judas and everyone he knows is dead.

Well written, but too much for me

This book gave me nightmares, which I suppose was the point. It’s extremely well crafted, and absolutely terrifying. I picked up the book early in October and felt like I wasn’t able to exhale until I finished it last night.

I wouldn’t say I enjoyed the read; horror is not a genre in which I often dabble, and many of the situations and scenes were simply too much for me, for various reasons. I will say that I was caught up in the story, and never saw the twists coming. Author Joe Hill has written a great novel, but I wasn’t at all sad to put the book down.

If you’re into horror, gore, and the occult, check out Heart-Shaped Box. And don’t say I didn’t warn you.

What genre do you find it hard to enjoy? What do you think of horror stories Anyone read this book?

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4 comments

    • amypeveto says:

      Ooh, Horns sounds good, but I don’t think I could handle it. I don’t generally read books dealing with rape. Joe Hill is indeed an amazing writer, though.

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