I stumbled across this book when I was reading a pinterest post of books to read before watching the movie. I hadn’t even heard of the film version of Horns but it sounded intriguing so I grabbed the book from the library!
This book follows the main character, Ig over a few days of his life.
He wakes up one morning, after a drunken night, with horns. No one seems to question the appearance of these horns and they seem to have a mystical property. When people see the horns they admit their dark thoughts and secrets to Ig.
Ig himself is living a nightmare. 12 months previous his girlfriend, the love of his life, Merrin, was brutally raped and murdered. Ig was the prime suspect and due to a fire at the forensic investigation building the evidence was destroyed. So the case was never solved and Ig never proved his innocence.
The books splits between flash backs of Ig and his life with Merrin, the memories he sees from people he touches and the present time. Ig decides to use these powers to find Merrin’s killer, even though it leads him to places he wishes he’d never seen.
I have to admit I was a little unsure about the book, but I was proved wrong. The storyline was gripping. We slowly see Ig and Merrin emerge as characters and personalities. How they fell in love. How it all ended.
It was a painfully beautiful story of two young people in love growing up together.
Then we have the mystery part. We are fed elements of Merrin’s death, the suspects. We find out information about the people in Ig’s life that he would rather have never known. Your heart breaks with him.
The ending, for me, was perfect. This couldn’t be a happily ever after. Merrin was dead and nothing could change that. And actually Ig died with her, he merely stayed around so the devil could have his due.
It didn’t have a cliché, like the real killer is imprisoned and Ig is vindicated and the town hero. It was raw and real.
I would thorough recommend this book. If you like something a little dark, a little mystery this is the perfect book to read this year.
Get it here: Horns by Joe Hill
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