Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Heart Shaped Box

I am a fan of a good horror story. Not the ones full of gore, but the ones with a little suspense. I recently read the Heart Shaped Box, and this is what I thought of the book.

The Story

Imagine being a rock star who can buy anything. And your tastes run to the dark side. And your assistant points out that there is a ghost for sale online. And it is something that you need for your collection of the darker things in life. But when you receive that heart shaped box you learn that the ghost is no joke. And that it will turn your world upside down.

What I Think

I enjoyed reading this book. I like that this book explored what can happen if you buy something you know should probably be left alone. I liked how the characters in this book are broken individuals in so many ways. Since Jude, the rock star, has tastes that are dark you would assume that he is totally uncaring. And at first you believe that is true, but as the story unfolds, you find that while he able to do some of the really rough things in life. He really does have a good side.

The story reminds me that following your instincts should be a rule of thumb. If Jude had followed his instincts and not allowed that gift from the heart shaped box he bought to be burned, the story might have been a little different.

The book also reminds me that everybody has some sort of moral compass. Even the rock star who owns a snuff film. And sometimes it takes some big events to move us towards doing what we already know is right.

I also like that this book does not depend on gore to develop the story. There are some gory moments, but it isn't the entire story. It's part of what is going on in the story.

Who Should Read This Book

If you are a fan of horror stories, you will probably like this book. It is scary to find that you buy an item at an online auction, and you get a little more than you bargained for. And if you have any connections with the goth or alternative world you will probably enjoy this book. The story has some great twists and turns that revolve around goth girls.


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