I have finished my first book for the Notable Books Challenge. This book was listed as a Publishers Weekly Best Book. The main character of the book is Judas Coyne, an aging death-metal rock star. He collects unusual and macabre items, such as a cookbook for cannibals, a used hangman’s noose, and even a snuff film. So, when he reads an ad on the internet for someone selling their stepfather’s ghost, he can’t help himself. For $1000, he purchases the dead man’s suit, which arrives in a black heart-shaped box. 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. The ghost sits waiting, with a gleaming razor blade on a chain dangling from his fingers.
I loved this book. I started reading it and really hated to put it down. Luckily I started reading it while I was on vacation, so that I could return every hour or so to read just a few more pages. This was not just your typical scary book, as Neil Gaiman said on the back cover review “A genuinely scary novel filled with people you care about.” The characters are fully developed and complex. The book is jam packed with events, I remember about half way through it, thinking that most books would have ended at that point, what more could he do for the second half of the book. But he kept taking it in twists and turns that I never grew tired of, it never dragged. A really good read and an excellent debut horror novel for Joe Hill. I look forward to reading more of him in the future.