Suspense Central: Horns by Joe Hill

This group meets on the second Monday of each month to discuss a specific mystery, horror, or intrigue novel. Join Moderator Aurelia Long as we discuss this month's featured selection, Horns by Joe Hill.

Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with a thunderous hangover, a raging headache . . . and a pair of horns growing from his temples. At first Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who was raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances. A mental breakdown would have been the most natural thing in the world. But there was nothing natural about the horns, which were all too real. Once the righteous Ig had enjoyed the life of the blessed: born into privilege, the second son of a renowned musician and younger brother of a rising late-night TV star, he had security, wealth, and a place in his community. Ig had it all, and more-he had Merrin and a love founded on shared daydreams, mutual daring, and unlikely midsummer magic. But Merrin's death damned all that. The only suspect in the crime, Ig was never charged or tried. And he was never cleared. In the court of public opinion in Gideon, New Hampshire, Ig is and always will be guilty because his rich and connected parents pulled strings to make the investigation go away. Nothing Ig can do, nothing he can say, matters. Everyone, it seems, including God, has abandoned him. Everyone, that is, but the devil inside. . . .Now Ig is possessed of a terrible new power to go with his terrible new look-a macabre talent he intends to use to find the monster who killed Merrin and destroyed his life. Being good and praying for the best got him nowhere. It's time for a little revenge. . . . It's time the devil had his due. . . .

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  • Ann-Marie

    This was an odd book. Lot of how? why? never get answered. Characters are unlikeable and kinda "made of stupid".

    March 13, 2014

  • JoAnn

    Best part of every book is the discussion group meetings for them 8) In this one I learned that Aurelia has unsurpassed sociopath-dar, Todd does EEEvil really well and Chris will be bringing Malton to *every* meeting from now on 8)

    March 10, 2014

    • JoAnn

      Oh, and Panera's chicken salad is pretty decent - thanks Aurelia 8)

      March 11, 2014

  • Ann-Marie

    and no! no you may not laugh :/

    1 · March 10, 2014

  • Ann-Marie

    I have this one read! Stop laughing Todd and JoAnn.
    The discussion for this should be interesting, odd story.

    March 5, 2014

    • JoAnn

      But you weren't there! 8( Can we laugh now??

      1 · March 10, 2014

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