An aged rock star with a talent for driving people (especially women) away, his live-in girlfriend, and his two dogs contend with a supernatural plot for revenge and a journey that leads the main character on a harrowing quest to let go of his past and the darkness that dwells within his own mind. "Heart-Shaped Box", while being an enjoyable and at times thrilling read went in directions that I would consider cliche; the revenge driven antagonist, the theme of love beyond the grave, and especially the message that you must defeat the demons from your past before you can move towards your future all taste a bit stale as you approach the end of the novel. Hill didn't seem to be interested in taking many risks in this novel and it shows; however it is well written and you won't find many books or authors that can keep you quite as entertained. Overall, if you are looking for an enjoyable and quick read that doesn't step too far out of the "Horror/Thriller" box then I would be hard pressed to not recommend "Heart-Shaped Box" by author Joe Hill.
A collector of obscure and macabre artifacts, from a cannibal cookbook to a used hangman's noose, unscrupulous metal band musician Judas Coyne is unable to resist purchasing a ghost over the Internet, which turns out to be the vengeful spirit of his late girlfriend's stepfather. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.