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Heart-Shaped Box

Aging rock star Judas Coyne buys a ghost and it ruins his life.

I agree with zare_k; the first two-thirds of the book are far superior to the last third. The first two are scary as hell, with the two main characters caught in the house with the ghost. It's irrational and claustrophobic and sadistic.

Once they leave the house the story still works, but when I found out more about the ghost's motives and why exactly it was sold it trails off into cliche. I found myself thinking, "Oh geez, THIS old plotline again?"

Hill also suffers from the American tendency to be so desperate for a happy ending that he doesn't know when to end the book. The loose ends he ties up didn't need to be tied.

Because I'd say 80% of the book is such a great piece of horror though, I'll give it a "B".

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