Oh boy, where to start. I believe I need to start with Joe Hill's daddy, Mr. Stephen King, my all-time favorite author forever and ever.
When I found out King's son was writing novels, I was skeptical. I decided I had enough *new* Stephen King to keep me fed.
But then I was at the library and I saw the cover for NOS4A2 and I thought, "Hmmm, what if?"
So I brought it home and I cracked it open and Oh. My. Gawd.
I was not prepared. *no spoilers*
I was totally sucked in and I wasn't entirely sure I was comfortable.
This was my first go around and I wasn't sure if Hill could be trusted!
There were a few times I wanted off--I closed the book after a couple of
scenes and wasn't sure I was going to open it back up again but I'll
tell you when the whole thing flipped for me: I fell in love with the
protagonist, Vic. Not at first--it was a slow love. Hill brought in a
friendship that developed between two girls and I saw Hill's sweet side
(up until then, it was mostly gruesome and grim). The sweet side I
REALLY loved. Then Hill brought in two more characters that I fell head
over heals in love with--so much so I found myself mind chatting "I hope
he doesn't kill them, please don't die!"
I do this during King's novels too. I fall in love with people and pray that they don't die because my heart would burst.
story that Hill wrote is so imaginative, so original, I have never read
anything like it. It was disgusting, horrifying, fascinating,
I just straight up LOVED it. I have "Heart Shaped
Box" sitting on my night stand right now and that's going to get started
So just know that this book is not for the faint of
heart--it's not for people that can't handle violence or cuss words or
intensity. It's a horror novel first but it's also a great character
study and full of heart.I'm so excited to have found a new favorite
author and it thrills me that we're keepin' it in the family! <3 xox