As you probably know by now, the main character, Ig, wakes up one morning to discover that he has grown horns. This after a long night of drinking, anAs you probably know by now, the main character, Ig, wakes up one morning to discover that he has grown horns. This after a long night of drinking, and mourning his murdered girlfriend. He also quickly discovers that anyone he encounters feels an overwhelming compulsion to tell him their deepest desires. This is a very interesting premise and I consider myself a big Joe Hill fan, but this book did not do it for me. I probably missed some subtleties, but at page 65 or so, the protagonist still seemed very flat. I didn’t know much about him. I didn’t care much about him. And I certainly didn’t like him. I felt some sympathy at the beginning, but that quickly evaporated. Ig just wasn’t inspiring any strong emotions at this point.
He just seemed like some unremarkable (except for the horns, of course) small town loser. And it felt like Hill was simply maneuvering him to locations where he could hear increasingly awful confessions, without providing clear, cogent reasons for the visit. The first flashback, however, gave some insight into the character, and gave me reason to get behind him. But I never really learned to like Ig so much as I learned to dislike the bad guy. It was undeniably interesting to see the murder mystery unfold, but the narrative seemed to meander, and the book never really grabbed me. I probably built this book up too much in my mind, having heard of it several months before it came out. I would not recommend it as a first reading experience with Joe Hill. Pick up 20th Century Ghosts, Heart-Shaped Box, or the graphic novels (Locke & Key) instead.
This book isn't bad - it's about par for the course with this author. The main character (Jesse Stone) is kind of depressing, but he's interesting enoThis book isn't bad - it's about par for the course with this author. The main character (Jesse Stone) is kind of depressing, but he's interesting enough, and like in all of these books, at some point he wails on somebody who really deserves it, so that's always nice. It's an easy read, and pretty entertaining....more