Merrin Williams is dead, slaughtered under inexplicable circumstances, leaving her beloved boyfriend Ignatius Perrish as the only suspect. On the first anniversary of Merrin’s murder, Ig spends the night drunk and doing awful things. When he wakes the next morning her has a thunderous hangover…and horns growing from his temples. Ig possesses a terrible new power to go with his terrible new look–a macabre gift he intends to use to find the monster who killed his one true love. Being good and praying for the best got him nowhere. Now it’s time for revenge…
It’s time the devil had his due…
From the time they were fifteen Ig and Merrin were inseparable. Falling into an easy friendship and eventually an uncomplicated relationship, everyone thought Merrin and Ig were destined to be together forever. They were so connected and in love with one another that they even have shared adventures of which no proof or evidence can be found. When Ig is offered a job in London, Merrin encourages him to take it and decides it may be better for them to take a break from each other. Blindsided, Ig’s world begins to spiral hopelessly out of control.
When Ig awakens hungover on the anniversary of his girlfriend’s death, he is unable to remember the events of the night before and has mysteriously grown horns. Ig’s new appendages seem to have a curious effect on others, causing them to admit all of their most awful thoughts and demons. Slowly Ig begins to unravel the awful events leading up to Merrin’s death and when the truth comes to light, Ig becomes hell bent on having his revenge.
I couldn’t imagine being Ig and being put in this position. The things his friends and family confess to him under the influence of his horns are pretty awful and disturbing. But each confession brings him closer to the truth of what happened to his beloved Merrin, but also closer to becoming unhinged and letting his inner devil out. And although Ig plans to unleash a world of hurt on his girlfriend’s killer, he somehow manages to hold onto the core of who he is.
I LOVED this book. This story was so brilliantly pieced together. I loved how all of the details and nuances are dropped throughout the story. The author provides a detail here or there that can be written off as inconsequential. But then it comes back around to be an important or significant clue in the story.
The reader is drawn completely in as the author presents a story that perfectly mixes elements of fantasy, mystery, and horror. Awesome, awesome story and I will definitely be reading more from this author!
Fun Fact: Joe Hill is the son of Tabitha and Stephen King and brother of writer Owen King.
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