Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Cannonball Read Book #2: Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
Heart-Shaped Box came to my attention through a comment diversion at Pajiba. It was something about the scariest books that Pajibans had read and this book was mentioned more than once. Although the book didn't scare me, it was definitely a hell of a read and highly enjoyable.
Judas Coyne is a middle-aged, semi-retired rock star who collects macabre items and young girlfriends that he refers to by their home state. One day, Judas' assistant, Danny, is e-mailed an auction for the ghost of a dead man and his suit. Judas cannot explain why, but he has to have the suit. He orders Danny to use the buy now option, paying $1,000 for the supposed ghost and his clothes. Judas forgets about his purchase until the day that it is delivered and his current girlfriend, Georgia, pulls the suit from its heart-shaped box. Judas begins seeing the ghost in his house that very night.
I found this book difficult to leave behind. I wanted to move through it without stopping, but found that I had to sleep at some point. Hill is a talented writer and was able to keep me guessing about the interpretations of the revelations in the book. Some thriller/horror novels all but smack you across the face with the way everything is going to play out. Hill gives you pieces and then lets realizations dawn on you as they also become clear to Judas. I hope that Hill will soon give us another novel as well-crafted as this one.