I enjoyed the book. Like his father, Hill does a pretty good job of making believable characters. There was a scene in the book I felt the protagonist acted out of character but overall it was a pretty good effort for a relatively new novelist.
I’ve read a fair amount of Hill, being a Steven King fan. “The Heart-shaped Box” reads exactly like a book that King would have written if he were his sons age today. By contrast, “Twentieth Century Ghosts” reads more like an homage to Matheson or Bradbury.
Harry Potter and Ginny are boyfriend and girlfriend. Ginny gets murdered and the town thinks Harry did it. Harry gets sad and drunk and bangs Lavender Brown. Next morning he wakes up and is growing horns out of his head which cause people around him to tell him their darkest desires–if he gives them permission they act them out. He decides to use his new power to find out who killed Ginny.
It was a decent murder mystery with supernatural elements crammed in for no reason at all. The horns and people acting all crazy around Ig was unnecessary. I never understood why he got horns in the first place. And then at the end he becomes an angel…only to turn into a horned devil again. I would have liked it better if it was just a dude hunting down his girlfriend’s killer.
It wouldn’t have been nearly as interesting if it was just a dude hunting down his girlfriend’s killer. The movie was interesting precisely because he became a demon, found the killer, was then redeemed through wearing her necklace (the bit in which he became an angel) but then rejected the redemption to avenge her murder (the bit in which he became a demon again).
This is how I felt about the movie. It’s not this great movie, but it was really well done. The mystery itself was pretty easy to figure out, but that really wasn’t the point.
The best part for me was when the bartender set his bar on fire and Ig walked out with the flames behind him, then when he went through the front door the smoke moved for him. That and the reporters fighting was funny as well.