Book Review- Horns by Joe Hill

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Joe Hill’s Horns (2010) is dark fantasy at its finest. Horns is the story of 26-year-old Ignatius “Ig” Perrish, who at the beginning of the story, to escape his boring, small hometown, is heading to England to start a new job. His hopes for a different life are dashed when the brutally murdered corpse of his girlfriend, Merrin Williams, is discovered in the woods.  Ig has three problems: he can not remember where he was the night of the murder, the entire town is convinced of his guilt despite his acquittal, and two horns have begun growing from his forehead. Strangers and people Ig thought he knew begin confessing their darkest desires and misdeeds to him. Ig comes to the conclusion that his horns have some sort of power over the people around him and turns his full attention to finding Merrin’s killer. Horns asks the question: How far are you willing to go for justice? Ig’s own humanity is replaced by rage and paranoia as he delves into the dark spaces of his own mind. Joe Hill is the #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of The Fireman, NOS4A2, Heart-Shaped Box, and Horns. In 2013, the film Horns, starring Daniel Radcliffe and based off of the novel, was released. In my opinion, the two-hour time limit for the movie is not enough to express the wit, intricate details, and psychological suspense the book contains. I would highly recommend Horns for mature readers who enjoy psychological suspense and the work of Stephen King.


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