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Now a major Hollywood film starring Daniel Radcliffe: read it first, if you dare ... Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with one hell of a hangover, a raging headache ... and a pair of horns growing from his temples.Once, Ig lived the life of the blessed: born into privilege, the second son of a renowned American musician, and the younger brother of a rising late-night TV star, Ig had security and wealth and a place in his community. Ig had it all, and more - he had the love of Merrin Williams, a love founded on shared daydreams, mutual daring, and unlikely midsummer magic.Then beautiful, vivacious Merrin was gone - raped and murdered, under inexplicable circumstances - with Ig the only suspect. He was never tried for the crime, but in the court of public opinion, Ig was and always would be guilty.Now Ig is possessed with a terrible new power - with just a touch he can see people's darkest desires - to go with his terrible new look, and he means to use it to find the man 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.
Publisher: London : Gollancz, 2010.
ISBN: 9780575120693
Branch Call Number: FIC HILL
Characteristics: 437 pages ; 24 cm.


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Dec 26, 2017

I really enjoyed this book. It had a little different concept and wasn't just the same, tired storyline.

AL_LESLEY Nov 16, 2016

There was plenty enough here that was different from the film that I would encourage people to read it rather than just watching it.

Jul 30, 2016

This is the first Joe Hill book that I've read and I was a little disappointed. Though to be fair, I think I was expecting more because I am a fan of the works of his father. The book starts off as a page turner but seems to break down and get tedious as you keep reading. The supporting characters were more interesting to me than the main character and after a while I really didn't care why he grew horns. I did finish it but the ending was vague and unsatisfying. It wasn't so bad that I won't read his next novel but my expectations will be lower. I was looking for edge of your seat suspense and just didn't get it with this novel.

Jun 24, 2016

Amazing work. Good read -

Feb 29, 2016

I thought the idea behind this book was quite interesting, but reading it was a different experience. I didn't like any of the characters in this novel, especially the main character. Even the idea of the main character growing horns, trying to find out what really happened to him, and how people gave into their less than stellar impulses and desires when he was around, just didn't live up to how interesting it sounded.

Jan 10, 2016

An excellent story of a man stuck between light and dark. After the murder of his girlfriend, Ignatius Perrish a young man with a straight pointing moral compass grows horns and inherits the powers of the devil. It's interesting the way Joe Hill portrays the duality of good and evil. Also how the devil is viewed by religions and nonreligious people. Check this book out!

Aug 13, 2015

It was a 'cute' book, if one could use the word 'cute' for this type of subject matter.

Was a fairly entertaining read for the first half, chock-full of creative scenarios with suspense drawing towards the middle of the book.

Then it began to get a little confusing. Elements of mysticism, no doubt inherited from Joe Hill's father, Stephen King (for those of you who didn't know).

All in all it was an enjoyable read. The ending left me wanting the book to be better wrapped up, but I will not spoil anything.

This book does have sexual content. Some of it is graphic. However, I have read worse, so I would recommend this book for someone in their mid-teens looking for a pretty punk-y jaunt into the whole semi-horror genre. Joe Hill makes a lot of pop culture references that may go over the head of younger readers, but they are appreciated nonetheless (I am 24 and 'got' most of them anyway, so not all hope is lost there).

The movie is similarly good. I would rate both a B- for trying, but falling short in a couple of aspects.

JCLRachelC Sep 11, 2014

A year after the horrific rape and murder of his one true love, Ignatius Perrish got drunk, did terrible things, and woke up the next morning with horns growing from his forehead. Horns that compel others to confess their true, worst thoughts, and makes them seek permission to do the terrible things they always wanted to do. Ig may resemble a demon, but real demons reside everywhere, much to his horror.

I picked this book up on the suggestion of a friend, who said that I was the only person he knew who could appreciate how utterly twisted it was. And it is delightfully twisted. Horrific secrets come to light, no one is as you would expect, and even the timeline is twisted around in a series of flashbacks that keep the suspense rolling.

This is a good one for book groups, as there are a number of points for good debate, and given the upcoming movie featuring Daniel Radcliffe, this will probably get popular very soon.

KateHillier Sep 10, 2014

I cannot wait to see what they do for the film version of this.

Ig Perrish had a pretty decent life with his girlfriend Merrin until she was raped and murdered and he was blamed for it. He was never charged with anything but her murderer was never found and in the court of public opinion he is guilty beyond any shadow of a doubt.

One year later, Ig wakes up with horns growing out of his forehead and these horns come with some very specific powers - like making everyone near him want to tell him their deepest darkest secrets.

It's a horror story, a mystery, a thriller, and a meditation of grief and what happens when your life is ruined by not only the death of a loved one but being blamed for it. There's a fair amount of religious imagery and satire and meditations on good and evil too so even while the content can be outrageous there is still some deeper thought in here too as we watch what Ig becomes and wonder how much of this is actually his own choice.

pamcora87 May 14, 2014

This is a highly engaging book that explore various aspects of humanity. Ig's character features a complexity that is easily to relate to; a battle within ourselves to choose either good or evil.

After the death of his girlfriend Merrin, Ig finds himself in a world of trouble. He is blamed for her murder and must try to solve the crime to prove his own innocence. Little does he realize that sometimes, the people closest to you will do you the most harm.

The writing is superb, and the plot twists are excellently played out. The only think I particularly disliked about this book were the sometimes slowly paced flashbacks. Although most of them are relevant and necessary to the story line, I would have preferred the facts learned during these instances to be delivered in a more concise, fast paced, fashion.

All in all, a great book that will have you thinking about the ending and Ig Perrish for longer than you would imagine.

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Apr 03, 2011

Violence: Murder, blood, smashed skull, rape, drowning, death, killing, youth pranks, dangerous horseplay, dangerous stunts

Apr 03, 2011

Sexual Content: Teen sex, rape, sex, falashio

Apr 03, 2011

Coarse Language: Shit, fuck, slut, whore


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