I have one word to describe my experience with HEART-SHAPED BOX: disappointment.
I was really looking forward to reading this book because there has been so much buzz about it. Joe Hill is the son of Stephen King and his book was picked up before word got out about his parentage. I'm not big fan of horror but I was in the mood for a good suspense/ghost story.
HEART-SHAPED BOX is about a rock star named Judas Coyne who seems to be modeled after Ozzy Osbourne. Judas has a large goth following and collects items with dark associations. His assistant sees a haunted suit for sale on an auction site. If you buy the suit, you buy the ghost. Judas can't resist. And that is how his problems begin.
Joe Hill is a good storyteller but he is not a good writer. The book feels more like a screenplay. (This is exactly how I felt about the DA VINCI CODE) Because the writing is so simplistic, the book goes very quickly. There are very few surprises. The foreshadowing is so heavy-handed that it is easy to figure out what is going to happen. It didn't feel especially suspenseful or scary. The violence towards animals really bothered me, so if you are an animal lover...be warned.
Overall, I felt as if this book was a waste of my time. I didn't really enjoy it and I didn't find it suspenseful at all. I have heard good things about Hill's previous collection of short stories so I may try that. Perhaps it will be better.