Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

Nov 3, 2010

heartshapedbox.jpgI started reading this book with a bit of trepidation. I expected the book to be pretty scary, or at least somewhat frightening. Initially I did find the story to be a bit creepy, but as the story continued, it lost its scare factor. Finding out the ghost is haunting Judas Coyne for a specific reason suddenly saps all the terror, and some of the events are pretty hokey: the ghost came with a suit, packed in a heart-shaped box that Jude stuck in a back closet. The ghost sends an email to Jude from the address box.closet.net. Truly un-scary and just too laughable. The plot is predictable, so there's not much excitement there either. For some reason, the characters are fairly likeable - you want them to win out, but mostly because the man who became the ghost isn't at all. Overall, I felt that the author wrote the book with the goal of it being made into a movie, which diminished the story immensely.

Reviewed by Hilary S.
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