Horns is a book that worked for me in more ways than I was expecting.
From the TLC Book Tours website:
Merrin Williams is dead, slaughtered under inexplicable circumstances, leaving her beloved boyfriend Ignatius Perrish as the only suspect. On the first anniversary of Merrin’s murder, Ig spends the night drunk and doing awful things. When he wakes the next morning he has a thunderous hangover . . . and horns growing from his temples. Ig possesses a terrible new power to go with his terrible new look—a macabre gift he intends to use to find the monster who killed his lover. Being good and praying for the best got him nowhere. Now it’s time for revenge . . .
It’s time the devil had his due. . . .
I’ve been reading a lot of good books recently that don’t have strong male characters, or if they are strong, it’s in the wrong way, where that strength is used to hurt others, or at least not used in a way I find interesting to read and think about.
I figured sometime soon I would search out a book with a male character that was interesting in a positive way– an ordinary guy doing his best with what life throws at him and his family.
It never occurred to me that this would be that book.
Sure, Ig gets a little further into the battle of good vs. evil than I had in mind. It isn’t always clear which side he’s on, what with the horns and all.
But at the heart, Horns is the story of how Ig deals with the destruction of the life he’d been building with the woman he’d loved for years. Flashbacks to his childhood contrast with where his life is now. Ig was an interesting, nuanced character, and really made the book work.
And yes, Horns also works very well as the supernatural thriller I was expecting to read. Ig fully exploits the rather frightening abilities that appear with the horns on his head, and finds the person responsible for the terrible crime a year ago– and much, much more.
Within this thriller, within the character driven story, are fascinating reflections on the nature of good and evil, of religion, of where some of our ideas about these come from, and where they sometimes go wrong.
I read Horns as part of a TLC Books Tour. I was asked to mention:
The first 1000 people to preorder Horns and then email firstname.lastname@example.org with proof of purchase will receive a specialized bookplate from Joe – he’s been signing and doodling all sorts of creations on bookplates for days now! For more information on this giveaway and the rest of Joe’s books, visit www.joehillfiction.com and follow Joe on Twitter @joe_hill.
For other opinions on Horns, check out the other tour stops:
- Tuesday, March 8th: Raging Bibliomania
- Thursday, March 10th: Luxury Reading
- Thursday, March 17th: Sara’s Organized Chaos
- Monday, March 21st: Jenn’s Bookshelves
- Wednesday, March 23rd: Booksie’s Blog
- Thursday, March 24th: The Ranting Dragon
- Monday, March 28th: Debbie’s Book Bag
- Tuesday, March 29th: My Life in Not So Many Words
- Wednesday, March 30th: My Reading Room
- Thursday, March 31st: MariReads