Sep 16

Growing Horns? A Review

This month, one of the novels I’ve read is the thriller novel Horns by Joe Hill. After seeing the trailer for the movie, it was time to sit down and read the book.

Horns by Joe Hill This was an excellent read. I will go so far as to say that the son surpasses the father in regards to storytelling and character development. At least these days, anyway. (Don’t get me wrong, old school Stephen King is amazing. I just haven’t been all that impressed by his novels since the 90’s.)

The character development was very well done. I loved reading about the change to something not-quite-so-nice and then to see yet another change at the end. Excellent.

While I enjoyed it, it isn’t the happiest of books. What happened to Merrin was horrific, and honestly, I wanted the antagonist to be tortured to death in quite a number of slow and painful ways. The details of the plot are woven well enough to be quite realistic—realistic enough that I could believe our main character’s changes. And wish he’d done more to the antagonist.

If you like thriller, you’ll love it. Just be aware that it’s intense. Trigger warning indeed for rape/abuse victims.

4/5 stars.

About the author

Raven Oak

Bestselling science fiction & fantasy author Raven Oak is best known for Amaskan’s Blood, Class-M Exile, and the collection Joy to the Worlds: Mysterious Speculative Fiction for the Holidays.

She spent most of her K-12 education doodling stories and 500 page monstrosities that are forever locked away in a filing cabinet. When she's not writing, she's getting her game on, enjoying cartography, or staring at the ocean.

She lives in Seattle, WA with her husband, and their three kitties who enjoy lounging across the keyboard when writing deadlines approach.

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