So with a sub-headline of “Sooner or later the dead catch up…” you can reasonably surmise that this novel by Joe Hill is not a cute Valentine’s Day love story, though in a dark way it is…a very dark way. Middle aged hard rocker Judas Coyne has gone through the wild years, the loss of band mates and too many young Goth women. I imagine his character as Ozzy Ozborne without the permanent brain damage. Loving the macabre Coyne buys something on an on-line auction that arrives in a Heart-Shaped Box, also the title of the book, that more than lives up to his expectations and changes his life forever.
This novel is not one for the kids as it is very dark in its subject matter. Generally this type of “scary” book is not my type of novel, but author Hill kept the pedal to the metal the whole way through. As I read through the first third of the book I sensed that the book was ending and wondered how he would fill the final two-thirds of the pages. He did! Though it is in the genre of horror novels the only sleep that I lost was staying up late trying to finish it.