Reviews

Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

peskydor's review against another edition

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dark mysterious sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75

mel_c_bell's review against another edition

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5.0

Haunting regrets and memories repressed all dressed up in black leather and Doc Martins set to a death metal soundtrack.

First of all, this book had no right sneaking up on me the way it did and having me ugly face crying over a scene with a Ouija board… 

Second, I can sum up this story with two words: Daddy Issues…

What I really enjoyed was the fact that the ghost stuff was introduced within the first fifty pages AND we didn’t have another 150 of the characters refusing to believe it. They were just like “Well, 💩 “ and got to business. Also, the whole swamp gothic revival vibe is 🤌🏼

I loved this book. Still, there is a bunch of trigger worthy content involved so 🤷🏻‍♀️ if you’re sensitive maybe sit this one out.

angus_mckeogh's review against another edition

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3.0

Pretty good stuff. You could definitely pick out the learning process in Hill’s novel. He was crafting and learning to improve his craft as you were reading along. It was creepy and well written and then there were points here and there where I felt the story could’ve been fleshed out a little better. But overall not a bad read at all. I still recommend Hill’s stuff. Thus far of what I’ve read of his, not my favorite, but certainly not the worst either.

mrgeof's review against another edition

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dark emotional mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

3.0

Well-executed King-style horror novel with little deviation. Some aspects were really well done, others could have been tidier. 

chocm's review against another edition

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adventurous dark tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25

debbarney's review against another edition

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5.0

Listened to this on audible and it took me through many hours of time at the track, mesmerized. There’s nothing like a great book to make you forget the heat and keep plodding. This book, (and the narrator), took me away to another place. A place where you can buy ghosts on EBay. I’ve read a few more Joe Hill books and they were good, but this was my favorite.

cheekme's review against another edition

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dark emotional tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75

jack_lightning's review against another edition

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dark fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.0

kimberlyf's review against another edition

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4.0

jude was kind of a jerk so maybe he deserved a ghost following him?? just sayin

erinbrook's review against another edition

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3.0

It was fine. I enjoyed the first half. It was spooky and kept me engaged. The second half started to get a bit too repetitive. This is the same problem I have with Stephen King Books, so it's no surprise I have the same luck with his son.