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The "New York Times"-bestselling author of "Heart-Shaped Box"--a major player in 21st-century fantastic fiction ("Washington Post")--returns with a relentless new supernatural thriller.
- ISBN-13: 9780061147951
- ISBN-10: 0061147958
- Publisher: William Morrow & Company
- Publish Date: February 2010
- Page Count: 384
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 91.
- Review Date: 2010-01-25
- Reviewer: Staff
In bestseller Hill’s compulsively readable supernatural thriller, his second after Heart-Shaped Box, dissolute Ignatius Perrish wakes up one morning to find a pair of satanic horns sprouting from his forehead. To the residents of Gideon, N.H., this grotesque disfigurement only confirms their suspicions that Ig raped and murdered his girlfriend, Merrin Williams, a crime for which he was held but soon released for lack of evidence. Ig is also now privy to the deepest, and often darkest, private thoughts of anyone he touches. Once Ig discovers through this uncanny sensitivity the true killer’s identity, he schemes to reveal the culprit’s guilt through natural means. Toggling between past and present, and incidents that range from the supernaturally surreal to the brutally realistic, Hill spins a story that’s both morbidly amusing and emotionally resonant. The explanations for Ig’s weird travails won’t satisfy every reader, but few will dispute that Hill has negotiated the sophomore slump. 6-city author tour. (Mar.)