Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

Aging, self-absorbed rock star Judas Coyne has a thing for the macabre -- his collection includes sketches from infamous serial killer John Wayne Gacy, a trepanned skull from the 16th century, a used hangman's noose, Aleister Crowley's childhood chessboard, etc. -- so when his assistant tells him about a ghost for sale on an online auction site, he immediately puts in a bid and purchases it. The black, heart-shaped box that Coyne receives in the mail not only contains the suit of a dead man but also his vengeance-obsessed spirit. The ghost, it turns out, is the stepfather of a young groupie who committed suicide after the 54-year-old Coyne callously used her up and threw her away. Now, determined to kill Coyne and anyone who aids him, the merciless ghost of Craddock McDermott begins his assault on the rocker's sanity.

I love this book. The characters are well developed. Jude is a  complex person. He has his reasons for being the asshole that he is. His assistant, Danny, acquires for him this dead man's suit. Craddock McDermott was into hypnotism and the occult and uses his knowledge to now haunt Jude. Georgia, Jude's current girlfriend, gets stuck by an invisible pin in the suit. Her health is now in danger along with Jude's sanity. 

Jude is taken on a wild ride. Anyone who has not read this book, needs to immediately do so now.

Heart-Shaped Box