Horns. What if you woke up and realized? Gee Whiz, I’m a demon! Well, that’s exactly how it was for Ig Perrish in Horns. One day he was the pariah of his town because everyone believed he murdered his girlfriend and the next day he’s got budding horns with magical demon powers!
Ig is loathed by everyone for being a rapist and murderer. There was only one problem: he didn’t do it. The lab that would’ve exonerated him with DNA evidence caught fire, leaving him as the likely suspect, but no physical evidence to convict or exculpate. His town and greater world hates him forever.
The horns start growing out of his head and give him powers to cause people to indulge and confess their darkest desires. When he uses the horns, people can see the horns, when he’s done, they’re no longer visible. He goes through the town getting people indulge and confess. He slowly realizes that xxxxxxxx was the killer. Ha! No spoilers! The killer figures out that Ig has discovered his identity so they begin a cat and mouse game that goes all the way to the climax.
The book elicits a visceral response because it deals with the key concepts of human existence: Betrayal, love, revenge, and envy. There are quite a few of the other deadly sins on display in the book as well. The only knock that I give the book is that it really obvious very early on who the real killer is. Nope, still not spoiling!
Is it worth reading? Yes. There is also a very fine audiobook with a voice actor who does a very good job. I highly recommend that as well. You can check out the trailer review for Horns by Arleigh here!