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- Listening Length: 11 hours and 6 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 1 May 2008
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQBG70
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I needn’t have worried. I did, inevitably, compare it to a Stephen King novel. Once you have the association in your head it’s difficult not to. I found it to be enjoyable, fresh and exciting.
The plot is simple, and the Amazon synopsis above will tell you everything you need to know without me repeating it. The characters are likeable, and I quickly became very fond of Judas Coyne as he tried to escape and outwit the vengeful ghost on his tail. It was equally enjoyable to despise the characters we’re supposed to dislike, and even the minor, incidental characters were well crafted.
The book keeps a fast pace and the action comes thick and fast. Even the few dream sequences (which I usually dislike and find myself skimming over in novels) were gripping and interesting. The plot worked well, and although as it went on it lost some of the creepiness from the start of the story, that was made up for with action and emotion. The ending, always tricky and sometimes a downfall for Hill’s father, was handled well and did not disappoint. I can’t wait to read more Joe Hill novels!
Wow! Heart-Shaped Box written by Joe Hill was completely riveting. I started reading it thinking that it was going to be like a lot of books in the horror genre, you know, it gets to the part where you think something scary and amazing is going to happen and then after all that excitement...nothing happens. Heart-Shaped Box wasn't like that.
The whole story drew me in, made me feel connected to Judas Coyne. When Jude felt tense, i felt tense. Whatever emotion he was going through i was right there with him. Sometimes it was almost as if i was peering round the corner for him to see if any danger laid ahead.
There were a couple of points in the book where everything suddenly fits together, it genuinely gives you a sense of achievement because you know that something isn't right. You know there's got to be more to what is happening than meets the eye
Like everything in this world though there was a part that i thought could of had something much better happen. I feel he could of stepped it up a notch. I don't want this review to have any major spoilers so, yes! I would definitely recommend Heart-Shaped Box. Sounds cheesy but it really was a page turner!
Thank you for taking the time to read my review. I hope it helped :)
Another American God addict happened to be on that train with me and he recommended Joe Hill as a lighter drug to get me through the hard days that would follow the withdrawal of ending AG. So taking the words of a strange hulking man that I was trapped alone with- late at night in an empty carriage in the middle of nowhere I might add- straight to heart I ordered three books of Mr Hill's a collection of short Stories 20th Century Ghost's, Horns and this book.
Horns good, 20th Century ok and then this. Oh god was this good. The book creeps and crawls its story over your skin and into your heart. Hill has the ability to make a fairly normal seem sinister in the extreme.
The plot is basically that an aging rockstar has bought a ghost from a dodgy ebay like site to add to his of heavy metal godliness. It arrives in the form of an old mans suit. Let the creepiness begin. Theres no slow build up really, theres a dawdle so you settle down and then bam your in the centre of a ghost story. The twist and turns of who is the good guy in the story is as compelling as the haunting itself. Believe me half of you will start off thinking "well serves you right". By the end you will be screaming for them to grab the dogs and run!
Its a brilliant book.
As to Joe Hill being Steven Kings son, in terms of this book only, Steven King should be known as Joe Hill's father.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was my first Joe Hill novel, for the readers of this who don't know he is the son of Stephen King, back to the book it's an exciting well plotted ghost story, I will... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
Aging has-been rock star, Judas Coyne has a taste for the macabre, so can't resist when he is made aware of a ghost for sale on an online auction site. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Ajoobacats
i buy books by hill to give out as gifts to my friends and family on different occasions. i simply think these are very good written and interesting stories with complex... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Rudd Bwaa
I’ve said this before when reviewing a book by Joe Hill, but it is really disappointing to see people displeased with his work simply because it is not the same as his father’s... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Siobhan
Don't know why it sat in my kindle for so long, this was a cracking book along the lines of any of the great horror authors like King etc. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lisa
Enjoyable, dark ghost story with some unique touches/perspectives.Published 1 month ago by Mr Macabre
Despite being a big "horror-fan" I couldn't finish this book. Didn't care for the main character, not that I didn't like him, I just didn't feel anything for him at all. Read morePublished 1 month ago by C. Anna
Enjoyed the book he writes like his dad. My only thing was why do they both always kill the dogs off. Must both be cat lovers 😝Published 2 months ago by Kaz
Fast moving plot from the beginning ,kept me engrossed enough to read in a day and a half-just a teeny bit disappointed with ending though -felt there were a few loose ends needed... Read morePublished 2 months ago by mrs s mchugh