“Fast read... creepy good.”Monica D Reiff wrote this review 4 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre: from Disney sketches drawn by John Wayne Gacy, to a hangman's noose used at the turn of the nineteenth century in England - and everything in between. As an aging death-metal rock god, his varied taste for the unnatural is widely known to his legions of fans as the notorious excesses of his youth. But nothing he possesses can possibly rival his latest discovery - an item for sale on the Internet - something so terribly strange, Jude can't help but reach for his wallet.
"I will 'sell' my stepfather's ghost to the highest bidder..." begins the email, and right from that line Jude is intrigued. For a thousand dollars, he will become the proud owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. He isn't afraid. He has spent a lifetime coping with ghosts - of an abusive father, of the lovers he callously abandoned, of the band-mates he betrayed. So, what's one more?
But what UPS delivers to his doorstep in a black heart-shaped box is completely unexpected. This is no imaginary or metaphysical ghost, no benign conversation piece. It's the real thing.
Suddenly the suit's previous owner is everywhere: behind the bedroom door...seated in Jude's restored vintage Mustang...standing outside his window...staring out from his widescreen TV. Waiting - with a gleaming razor blade on a chain dangling from one bony hand. And, Judas Coyne is about to learn that sooner or later the dead catch up...
Joe Hill is actually Stephen King's son - something that I didn't realize until Mareena told me when I bought this book back in April. Anyway, although Joe Hill has written many short story collections, I believe that this is his debut novel - and what a debut it is!
I absolutely loved this book. I found the story to be fast-paced and action-packed, not letting up for an instant. Heart-Shaped Box: A Novel by Joe Hill was compulsively readable for me, and I finished it at a gulp. I give this book an A+! Definitely a winner in a family of winners, and I'm putting Joe Hill's other books - 20th Century Ghosts, Horns and NOS4A2 - on my Wish List.”
“An eccentric rock bank member who collects strange macabre items sees an item posted on the internet. The item is claimed to be a suit that comes along with its own haunting. He buys it as it is his type of thing and finds that he has gotten more then he expected. It is pretty spooky, but my kind of book. Easy to read and well written for this kind of book.”Paula K wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The good stuff - it was a good page turner and the premise was certainly original and unique. The tone was quite engaging, albeit a bit aggressive.
The bad - the main characters were not entirely pleasant, so it was hard to really sympathise or gun for them, and I think some plot devices were just a bit too convenient.”
“About 10 pages in, i thought i figured out the ending.about 100 pages in, I started to lose interst. About 110 pages in I got frustrated and put the book down. I just wasn't interested in the main character. I started to flip through to the end to see if my prediction was right but then just put the book down completely as I wasn't interested. I also thought the writing could have been tighter. I really wanted to like the book. It just did not speak to me. ”Gracie's Book Picks wrote this review Wednesday, November 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Absolutely perfect book for Halloween week! This is the first book I've read by Joe Hill and I will be adding all of his others to the TBR pile. His writing is every bit as menacing and ominous as Stephen King's, and this book creeped the bejesus out of me. Loved it!”Pat Marini wrote this review Monday, November 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I think I have found a new favourite author. Recently I read doctor sleep by Stephen king and said that it was one of the best books I've read. Well I rank heart shaped box up there with doctor sleep. A lot of horror books attempt to be creepy and fail. This book delivers, the whole thing is eery and makes you check over your shoulder while reading. I read online that this ifs being made into a film, if done correctly that will be one hell of a scary film. I was a little bit weary about reading a book by Joe hill, thinking maybe he just sold well because of his dad, but this book has made me want to read more. My birthday is coming up and his books fill my birthday list. Really really good scary read”Andrew Lennon wrote this review Wednesday, October 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A ghost story with a rock n'roll twist Not bad”James Garner wrote this review Tuesday, October 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Judas Coyne is a retired musician. He is notorious for chasing women, but not for relationships. He's also known for collecting rare and somewhat off key items. When a ghost comes up for sale online, he has to buy it. Little does he know, the sale was designed specifically for him. Someone from his past wants him to suffer and die, and has sent the ghost, in a suit, in a heart-shaped box, to do just that.
I was disappointed with this book. I was hoping for really scary and creepy, something downright horrific. I didn't get it. Instead, I had to force myself to keep picking up the book to finish it. The writing wasn't bad, but I didn't care about the characters at all. I didn't really care if they lived or not, which makes it hard to connect when their life is in peril. I also didn't think the ghost was creepy enough. He was sadisitic, but more so as a living man than as a ghost. Maybe if I hadn't read this in October, when I really crave horror and scare in my books, I would have enjoyed it more.”