kirstennnnnn (kirstennnnnn) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Horns by Joe Hill

book 69:  Horns by Joe Hill

I guess Horns would still be considered a horror novel, although it's not really scary...more psychological.  Basically, this guy, who was previously accused of murdering the love of his life, has a mental breakdown, gets drunk along with a lapse of memory, and wakes up to find horns growing out of his forehead which give him supernatural powers of persuasion, and some other talents of devilry.  It's mostly a story of revenge, forgiveness, and redemption.  I've heard they made a movie out of it featuring Daniel Ratcliff, but being mostly cut off from the media, I didn't know about it and had already bought this book within the year it came out, I believe.
Overall, I think it is pretty good.  I was disappointed at first because I am always hoping for a story that will scare the pants off me, and then I was hoping for a good violent supernatural revenge novel, because I am feeling a bit resentful about some things right now.  One of the early flashbacks was a little long for me, but once I accepted that it was going to be more of a thinking novel than I originally thought, I got over it, knowing it was necessary for the character building.  But, the characters are well-fleshed, and I liked the questions of morality and hypocrisy, as well as the occasional gratuitous acts of revenge or human nature, that sometimes don't turn out how you want them to.
Tags: angels/demons, dark fantasy, horror, lucifer, supernatural, suspense

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