Book Review – Horns by Joe Hill.

Horns by Joe Hill.

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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

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‘Maybe all the schemes of the devil were nothing compared to what men could think up.’

Happy reading fellow bookworms.

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Next Up

Next up for my Kindle Reads is this piece of work, which I have heard nothing but good things about.

We Were Liars by E.Lockhart.

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I’m reading another book as well at the moment, but as I’m reviewing it for a website I review books for, I cannot list it here. But as soon as the review goes live for that, I will let you know. In the meantime, why not get in touch and let me know what you’re reading at the moment? Or what book releases are coming up that are getting you excited?

Also if you’re an author and have a book you’d like me to review, then please do get in touch. You can reach me on here or on Twitter, just click on the icons to the right of the page.

Thanks lovely people, and until next time, happy reading fellow bookworms.

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Currently Reading.

Sometimes I think the book loving Gods are looking down on me. I was hoping to get something to read on my Kindle as it’s much lighter and convenient to carry around on my long commute to work every day, so I was happy when this came out of my TBR Jar.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

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I’ve heard so many good things about this, and I really enjoyed Sharp Objects, so I hope this lives up to the hype it has received. As usual I will post a full review when I am done, keep your eyes peeled.

Until then, happy reading! And remember, it’s ok to have more books than shoes!

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Book Review – The Promotion: A Novella by Jacke Wilson

The Promotion is the second novella I’ve read by the talented Jacke Wilson, and I didn’t think it was possible but I actually enjoyed it more than ‘The Race’

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It follows the story of a lawyer who is tasked with the job of recruiting new attorneys to join the firm he works for. From the get go we can see he’s not having the best of times. His wife who became addicted to gambling has left him and his work life isn’t much better. The new job role gives him a sense of purpose, or passion, to try and encourage people to join the business, only after a few odd lunches with two other colleagues Jennifer and Martin, he can’t help but feel that things aren’t going too well.

He becomes obsessed with a woman named Mina Meinl and soon it is all he can think about, almost like one last hurrah, if he can solve the mystery of her, his life will improve. But underlying all of this is the story of someone who has lost his or her way in the world. I’ve seen some people describe this mans decline into madness, but what I got was the slow, subtle cracks of someone falling into a depression.

I may have read it wrong but I wonder if Jacke was making us think the character was male, but is actually female. Either that or Mina represented a broken off part of the character. The final part of the book seems like the characters need to go back to simpler times, a search for some normality as the world crumbles around him. And the ending of life and death and the pounding on the door ended the book perfectly, the moment right before you know which path the character will take.

Another well-written novella, with many layers of thought threaded throughout. If you want something that you can read fairly quickly and keep you intrigued, this is the perfect book for you.

Star Rating out of 5: 5

Mina. Meinl. Me. Mine.

Happy reading fellow book lovers!

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Currently Reading.

Having read and enjoyed Jacke Wilson’s novella ‘The Race’ so much, I got in touch with him and linked him to my review and asked if he had anymore of his work he could send my way. So he sent me this and it’s what I’m currently reading.

The Promotion: A Novella by Jacke Wilson.

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As usual I will post a full review when I’m done, in the meantime if you would like to learn more about Jacke, you can head to his blog here; http://jackewilson.com/

Until next time fellow bookworms!

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