“Crazy! Amazingly written.”L.L. McC wrote this review Saturday, February 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I thought this book was just okay. Although I just didn't quite get the concept of the book. Plus it wasn't that scary for me. ”Jill wrote this review Thursday, January 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“HSB tells the story of Judas Coyne, aging rock star & collector of all things weird, and his most recent purchase: a dead man's suit (ghost included). As anticipated, I was effectively spooked by page 37 but, overall, I wasn't as traumatized as I thought I was going to be. I AIN'T AFRAID OF NO GHOST. But only barely. ”knockknockjoan wrote this review Tuesday, January 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Amazing! This novel truly is a page-turner, suspenseful, creative, vivid...very well written! This is my first Joe Hill book but it won't be my last!”lw veinot wrote this review Saturday, December 22, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Jude is a rockstar, he's also a bit of a man skank. He's on who know what number woman in his life, when a ghost from his past comes back to haunt him.
I found this book alright. It wasn't my favorite. It honestly took me forever to get through it. I rushed through the last part of it just to finish it. I'm not sure I would recommend it to anyone. :/ ”
“Awesome book!!!”vikas n wrote this review Sunday, November 25, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“An absolute favorite of mine! Dark & frightening & intense, captures you from the very first page! Like father like son, Joe hill does not disappoint! ”Lana Banana wrote this review Sunday, November 25, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I picked Joe Hill's debut novel on Kindle on sale and because it had 500+ VERY positive reviews. I had also recently read the first volume of his (so far) very intriguing grpahic novel "Locke & Key." So coming into this thriller where the vast majority of user and editorial reviews are "terrifying" "will keep you up at night" and the like, I was expecting something a bit more. I didn't get it. The story is enjoyable enough -- a semi-retired heavy metal star with a taste for the macabre purchases a 'ghost' online in the form of a dead-man's suit. Well, the suit definitely contains a ghost and that ghost doesn't like its new owner.
Semi-interesting premise but the tension or terror never really get off the ground. First, the 'reveal' that the suit is in fact haunted and that the protagonist (Jude) can see the ghost occurs WAY too early in the story. So instead of a mysterious force that Jude has to contend with, the dead man's ghost is more of an actual flesh-and-blood character and hence, a lot less scary. Most of the mystery/tension/terror is dilluted from the get-go. So instead it becomes a long hard slog against an enemy that ceased being surprising around page 90.
As characters go, I found less than credible Jude the aging rock god who happens to live on a big farm away in the middle of upstate New York. It seemed too artificial a contrivance and just a means of enabling crazy stuff to happen without nosy neighbors getting involved. Also, the whole 'rock-legend' persona was never really developed and Jude is far more 'regular joe' than metal god and again, seems tacked on so as to give him a reason to purchase macabre items off the internet.
Another annoyance is that Jude's 20-something live in goth girlfriend suffers an injury early in the story attributed to the ghost suit and the wound gets progressively worse to the point that you find yourself screaming at the book "Just go to the f'n hospital!" Yet despite asking themselves that same question, the characters NEVER go. And it's never adequately expained why they don't. Point being, Hill had to work too hard to NOT get his characters to a hospital when it would have been easier to just get them there and write them out of it within the confines of the overall plot.
Some of the writing has potential and Hill's ability is ably on display in his graphic novel, but the reviews for this one just didn't measure up to the actual work.”
“FANTASTIC BOOK!!! I read Horns and decided to try another one of his, and I'm so glad I did. There is a heartbreaking and beautiful love story, and awesome character development..... in a horror story. This is easily one of the best stories that I've read in years... and I read a lot.”Digit wrote this review Thursday, November 1, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No