Alriiiight, completed my first R.I.P. IX read! Joe Hill is a delightfully creepy dude.
Jude used to be a famous rock star. Now, getting older and tired of the rock star life, he’s just a guy who maintains a stream of out-of-state girlfriends, takes care of his dogs, and has a collection of weird. He has a trepanned skull, a noose from the 19th century, a snuff film. One day his assistant points out that a website has a suit-inhabited-by-a-ghost for sale, and Jude jumps at it. Of course, he doesn’t believe that the suit he purchases actually comes with a ghost. At first…
This was, weirdly, an enjoyable read. It creeped me the hell out at times, but it was evenly paced with enough really disturbing, anxious moments to keep me interested. Jude is a generally likable character, which I didn’t expect. He has a dark story, and despite his initial, kind of gross attitude towards women, I ended up cheering for him and wanting him to be happy. That’s asking a bit much when there’s an angry ghost after you and anyone who’s close to you. The ghost is that of Craddock McDermott, and he’s blaming Jude for his stepdaughter’s suicide. But things aren’t always what they seem, and Jude needs to figure out how to save himself – both literally, and figuratively.
Unfortunately, the coolest twists and the things that gave me the shivers are the exact things that I’m not going to mention, because it wouldn’t be as fun a read if you went in knowing so much. If you’re looking for something dark and haunting for Halloween-time, this is a good pick. The only reason I’m rating it as average is because it might be my least favorite Joe Hill so far – It’s hard to beat Horns.
Sarah Says: 3 stars