Hill, Joe. Heart-Shaped Box. NY: William Morrow, 2007
Hill, Joe. “Bobby Conroy Comes Back From the Dead.” Postscripts Autumn 2005
Beginning as an interesting horror mystery, the novel soon turns into a road trip as dreary as its dusty landscape. Along with two guardian dogs, Jude and his lover, former stripper Marybeth, drive to each of their respective childhood homes to put to rest both figurative and actual ghosts from the past. (With bought ghost in pursuit, though most of the time you wouldn’t know it.)
Note: I do wonder if the name Jude Coyne is a nod to John Coyne.
*meaning he is not as bad as Shobin. I need to clarify since a reader misunderstood and was as a result confused by my review of the The Unborn.