by John Searles

Reviewer Rating:
4

Review

I found this book a little off-putting at first. It has a certain dreary, distancing feel at the beginning that morphs into genuine creepiness rather quickly. The narrator, Sylvie, is trying to cope with the murder of her parents, a neglectful, angry older sister, and her uncertainty regarding what she witnessed the evening of her parent's murder. I was glad I stayed with the book, as I was genuinely surprised by several twists and turns in the narrative, something that rarely happens. I also loved the way the author made an ordinary suburban house feel like a gothic monstrosity. Creative, loaded with atmosphere, and highly recommended.

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Comments

Having just watched The Conjuring, I really enjoyed this novel which was clearly, loosely inspired by real life demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren.

A fun, dark read.

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