Heart-Shaped Box - Joe Hill

Heart-Shaped Box

By Joe Hill

  • Release Date: 2000-10-13
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Heart-Shaped Box book review score

4 Score: 4 (From 209 Ratings)

Heart-Shaped Box Joe Hill Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre: a cookbook for cannibals . . . a used hangman's noose . . . a snuff film. An aging death-metal rock god, his taste for the unnatural is as widely known to his legions of fans as the notorious excesses of his youth. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, an item for sale on the Internet, a thing so terribly strange, Jude can't help but reach for his wallet.

I will "sell" my stepfather's ghost to the highest bidder. . . .

For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. He isn't afraid. He has spent a lifetime coping with ghosts—of an abusive father, of the lovers he callously abandoned, of the bandmates he betrayed. What's one more?

But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost, no benign conversation piece. It's the real thing.

And suddenly the suit's previous owner is everywhere: behind the bedroom door . . . seated in Jude's restored vintage Mustang . . . standing outside his window . . . staring out from his widescreen TV. Waiting—with a gleaming razor blade on a chain dangling from one bony hand. . . .

A multiple-award winner for his short fiction, author Joe Hill immediately vaults into the top echelon of dark fantasists with a blood-chilling roller-coaster ride of a novel, a masterwork brimming with relentless thrills and acid terror.

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User reviews about this book

  • Yuck

    2
    By lki128s
    Hated it couldn’t care about any of the characters 😕
  • You can’t go wrong

    5
    By frankie170
    I have read this book 3x, this is by far the best book I have ever read. It keeps you on your toes from the first page, to the last! Joe Hill, You are an amazing Author! This was so scary and keeps you on your toes, thank you so much!!!
  • Wow

    5
    By Mbernard3
    Scariest book I have read in years. I love a book that I can't put down. Cant stop thinking about the characters, and what's going to happen next. This story pulled me in, and never let go. And when it did, I was bummed it was over. It was that good. All his books are. Joe Hill is an extremely talented writer. Definitely blood of his fathers blood. A+++++++
  • Heart Shaped Box

    1
    By Enjoying FV2
    I found this book to be quite boring. I am an avid Stephen King reader and fan; perhaps that makes me biased. I often found myself just closing the book and doing other more interesting things. This wasn't a page turner at all. I used it to make myself fall asleep!
  • Scary. Better than his father.

    5
    By Anuseater101rimjob
    He writes at a much faster pace and has the ability to make you jump. Fast paced and write very well. I recommend this book to everyone who's looking for a good creepy fix.
  • Amazing and very dark

    5
    By Wchter3
    This story was creepy and had all the darkness you would expect, what I didn't expect was the sheer sadness throughout this book. It really demonstrates how the suffering of those we deem 'less than' (poor, uneducated class of people in our country by the millions) a girl molested most of her life becomes promisucous and a drug addict as a direct result of what happened to her. Yet she blames herself for her misgivings. I felt for her through this book and I cried several times.
  • Loved it

    5
    By Cchristen
    Very good book. Hard to put down! Great images,feelings, and characters. Definitely recommend!
  • Heart-Shaped Box

    5
    By LiveloveLaughrelax
    Thrilling, suspenseful, lots of twist and turns. Kept me interested from the beginning to end.
  • Better than a 5 star

    5
    By Autumnjaz
    Amazing writing of mystery/ horror, really kept me on the edge of my seat. Look forward to reading another one of his books.
  • Loved it!

    5
    By Vickles22
    I really enjoyed this book and did not want it to end. I read Horns first and didn't care for it so I was hesitant to read Heart Shaped Box. But I found this novel to be a true horror story that persuaded me to put it down before nightfall! I read in daylight hours only and for me, that is the mark of a fine spooky tale!

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