Horns by Joe Hill.
Ig Perrish wakes up having a really bad day. Not only is he incredibly hung-over but he also seems to be growing horns. That’s right, Ig can’t quite remember what he did to make the horns materialise, but he knows he did something bad whilst visiting the location his girlfriend was murdered, a murder Ig is the prime suspect for.
From the very first page Joe Hill pulled me in, his style of writing is so natural that it almost feels like you’re privy to a conversation amongst friends. What I particularly loved was the character of Ig, someone who is perceived by his entire hometown, and family, to be this perverse sex crazed killer who murdered his seemingly perfect girlfriend and got away with it because ‘daddy has money’ When really he’s this lost soul, who is innocent but has no way of proving that and lacks the energy to argue with people anymore.
What follows is a series of events that add elements of dark humour to the book, and make you realise how fortunate we are to have the ability to censor our inner most thoughts in day-to-day life. But as with anything, with great strange power comes great responsibility and it isn’t long before Iggy discovers who the real murderer is and sets out to get vengeance for the death of Merrin.
At certain moments involving Lee Tourneau and his mother, the book made my toes curl, but this was down to the believability of such a horrible character, and only further displayed Joe Hills talents as a writer.
The ending wasn’t what I was expecting, and if I’m being totally honest, I was a little upset with how the book ended. I wanted a nicer ending for Ig after all that he’d been through. To summarise, Horns is an excellent novel with plenty of humour and drama in equal measure. The only reason I didn’t get through it so quickly is because I was busy with work and the build up to Christmas, otherwise I would have had this finished in a matter of days.
Star Rating out of 5: 4.5
‘Maybe all the schemes of the devil were nothing compared to what men could think up.’
Happy reading fellow bookworms.