I've decided to brave the waters of book reviews. This will be a monthly addition to my blog. I hope you enjoy.
Blurb from book:
At first Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who was raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances. A mental breakdown would have been the most natural thing in the world. But there was nothing natural about the horns, which were all too real.
Once the righteous Ig had enjoyed the life of the blessed: born into privilege, the second son of a renowned musician and younger brother of a rising late-night TV star, he had security, wealth, and a place in his community. Ig had it all, and more—he had Merrin and a love founded on shared daydreams, mutual daring, and unlikely midsummer magic.
But Merrin’s death damned all that. The only suspect in the crime, Ig was never charged or tried. And he was never cleared. In the court of public opinion in Gideon, New Hampshire, Ig is and always will be guilty because his rich and connected parents pulled strings to make the investigation go away. Nothing Ig can do, nothing he can say, matters. Everyone, it seems, including God, has abandoned him. Everyone, that is, but the devil inside. . . .
Now Ig is possessed of a terrible new power to go with his terrible new look—a macabre talent he intends to use to find the monster 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. . . .
First Line: Ignatius Martin Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things.
What's not to like about this first line, right?
Iggy wakes up from a hangover after the first anniversary of his girlfriend’s brutal murder…with horns. The demon kind.
He sees it, feels it throbbing in his forehead. He does what any young man would do should he find horns growing out of his forehead, he goes to the doctor then a priest. Whoever sees him, and his sprouting horns, reveals deepest morbid secrets: the Doc, a possible pedophile, the priest with less than pure thoughts about Iggy. As a matter of fact, everyone believes Iggy to be guilty of his girlfriend’s murder, though the authorities couldn’t prove anything due to a suspicious fire that destroyed the evidence. The killer was never apprehended. Even Iggy’s parents reveal they believe that Iggy killed her. Except his brother who has his own truths of what happened the night she died and on impulse shares it with Iggy.
The story, told in present and flash back form, tells the story of a boy entranced in a love too good to be true. Twists and turns along the way lead to a heartfelt conclusion, amongst the jealousy, revenge and murders, of course. I found myself rooting for Iggy and his demon horns. Though the explanation behind the horns was unclear to me, it didn’t deter me from enjoying the story.
I decided to check out this author after a fellow blogger recommended him.
For a sneak peek go here.
Any thriller/horror books/authors you'd like to recommend?