Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill

153025Aging, self-absorbed rock star Judas Coyne has a thing for the macabre — his collection includes sketches from infamous serial killer John Wayne Gacy, a trepanned skull from the 16th century, a used hangman’s noose, Aleister Crowley’s childhood chessboard, etc. — so when his assistant tells him about a ghost for sale on an online auction site, he immediately puts in a bid and purchases it.

The black, heart-shaped box that Coyne receives in the mail not only contains the suit of a dead man but also his vengeance-obsessed spirit. The ghost, it turns out, is the stepfather of a young groupie who committed suicide after the 54-year-old Coyne callously used her up and threw her away. Now, determined to kill Coyne and anyone who aids him, the merciless ghost of Craddock McDermott begins his assault on the rocker’s sanity.

Have I mentioned how much I’m loving horror at the moment?! Gah so good, this book was perfect for my tastes and I just really enjoyed it.

Rock Star Jude Coyne is living with his newest 20 year younger girl who is dubbed Georgia because that’s where she’s from. Jude stars off as a strange, aging, and rude rock star. Jude sees a ghost for sale and immediately buys it because why not? It works with his image he’s created around himself.

The suit arrives and shit starts going down right away, the room gets colder, Georgia pricks herself with a non existent pin in the suit, they wake up to the suit spread on the bed and smelling of decaying corpse. Jude starts to see the dead man and immediately tries returning the suit only to find out this is all a revenge scheme concocted by his ex girlfriends sister.

“The dead win when you quit singing and let them take you on down the road with them.”

Jude really starts to show who he really is in the second half of the book and we delve into everyone’s past (perfectly it didn’t feel info dumpy or flash backy) The characters that started as thin and throw away become real and I started to care for them rather then want everyone to die a ghostly death, which tbh is what I was kinda doing at the start of the book.

Joe Hill surprised me with his clever plot and seemingly unlovable characters, I was turning the pages like there was no tomorrow for the last 100 pages and didn’t guess the ending which is A+ in my books.

This book stabbed me in the heart and then put me back together with black stitches and screamo music.

5/5 Stars


Have you read this? Or anything else by Joe Hill? I’m really looking forward to reading more by him and plan on reading Horns next  😀

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