"Buy my stepfather's ghost, read the e-mail." So Jude did. He bought it, in the shape of the dead man's suit, delivered in a heart-shaped box, because he wanted it - because his fans ate up that kind of story. It was perfect for his collection: the genuine skulls and the bones, the real honest-to-God snuff movie, the occult books, and all the rest of the paraphernalia that goes along with his kind of hard/goth rock.But the rest of his collection doesn't make the house feel cold. The bones don't make the dogs bark; the movie doesn't make Jude feel as if he's being watched. And none of the artifacts bring a vengeful old ghost with black scribbles over his eyes out of the shadows to chase Jude out of his home, and make him run for his life....More
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One of my Favourite Books EVER
I would and I have!!! Since purchasing Heart-Shaped Box over a year ago, I have listened to it over 5 times.
The book lures you in from the very first sentence. It is atmospheric and creepy without trying too hard. Stephen Lang is an excellent narrator, particularly in this book. His voice is gravelly and emotive, able to reflect the main character's feelings into every word and adding to the overall ominous feeling of the book.
The storyline is frightening and heart breaking and no matter how many times I listen to the book, I it grabs my attention 100%.
There are so many memorable moments in Heart-Shaped Box!
One of the most memorable moments that stuck with me were Jude's memories of "Florida". His selfish, aloof love for her and then the disintegration of his love to revulsion as she descended into deep depression. Joe Hill's depiction of depression was not trivialised in an emo-teen way, nor was it gratuitously dark and graphic. He managed to describe Florida's mental decline gracefully, and in a way that made your heart ache for her as he described her trying so hard to be "normal" and the woman Jude had once loved.
Again, there are many scenes that are my favourite, but the one that really sticks with me and sets my teeth on edge every time is the moment that Jude is on the phone with the woman who sold him the suit, only to find out it is the sister of his ex-girlfriend... who had killed herself shortly after they broke up. The phone call goes from politely mundane to tension filled shock so fast, it is jarring to the senses. It feels as though you are hearing the news in real life.
I think Florida was the most memorable character of Heart-Shaped Box even though her character only resided in memories. As the story unfolds and the pieces all come together, all you can feel is the same regret and sorrow that Jude feels, knowing that he could have helped her if he had only known what had been going on.
I just love this book!!! <3
- Natasha Zar