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Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Page Count: 397
Fiction Genre: Horror, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Dates Read: November 2-6, 2015
Reading Challenge: Alphabet Reading Challenge
Topic: #176: An author last name starting with "H".
Iggy Parish has lost the love of his life. Merrin was raped and murdered, and the whole town believes he did it. When a town believes you're the devil, you start to become one. Now with some unusual gifts at his disposal, Iggy is slowly learning the truth about Merrin, their relationship, and what happened during the last few hours of her life.
Let me start by saying, WOW, just WOW! This is the fourth book of Hill's that I have read. My first three were outstanding, and Horns is no different. Hill weaves together another story that is full of beautiful descriptions, heartfelt emotions, and great character development. This is easily Hill's best character development since Vic McQueen in NOS4A2. I hated nearly every character at the beginning of the book. Hill created some of the sickest, most despicable characters I've ever met, and I loved to hate them. But oh boy, did he throw a curve-ball later in this story though. Wait for it, it's worth it.
Admittedly solving the mystery was a pretty easy guess form me by chapter 2. However that did not ruin the story for me. Hill immerses you so in depth into the story that you forget about trying to prove your prediction right. Everything about this book was fabulous, the only thing I wish altered is that it would have ended differently, but this ending seems to be a signature of Hill's. I hope that if you have read any of his other books you understand what that means.
This book left me with some things to think about. What happens when we let one person consume our entire being? What happens when that person leaves in one way or another? I guess you could call this a dialog on love and happiness. We've all had those relationships and subsequent endings that leaves us sitting on our bathroom floor in nothing but our undergarments, eating ice cream with a plastic spoon, wondering "what do I do now?". Okay, maybe not EVERYONE ... Don't judge me to harshly. When my grandmother passed away 11 years ago, I watched my grandfather struggle with basic things he never struggled with before, like getting out of bed each morning and spending time with friends. My grandmother was his entire world, and when she left it, he didn't know what to do; he didn't know how to continue with his own life. It's painful to watch someone you care about suffer like that, and it's painful to be in that sort of situation, regardless of how long that relationship is.
I have gotten WAY off topic here, but I believe this is what Horns gets at. At the deep, dark, musty depths of this story is a character trying to rebuild his world after it fell apart around him. When you love someone more than life itself, your world stops when they're no longer a part of it. This is the story of Iggy & Merrin. The story of Iggy's world collapsing. The story of Iggy rebuilding and starting over. It wasn't over for him, and it's not over for you.
Now, go and read this book if you haven't already. If you have, leave a comment below with your thoughts about it.
Ratings (based on a 10 point scale)
Quality of Writing - 8
Pace - 7
Plot Development - 7
Characters - 8
Enjoyability - 9
Insightfulness - 7
Ease of Reading - 7
Photos/Illustrations - N/A
Overall Rating - 5 out of 5 stars