Author: Danielle Vega
Published: June 12, 2018
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars
The fourth book of the scream-worthy cult series The Merciless combines Stephen King level terror with true crime stories like the Amanda Knox case.
The ropes tighten on Berkley Hubbard’s wrists. Blood drips down her fingers and lands with a smack on the cold floor of the church basement. She’s trapped, bound, and petrified by fear. A knife punctures her fragile skin as Berkley’s captors search for the mark of the devil on her body. They say they want to save her–drive the devil away and cleanse her soul–but will she make it out alive?
When Berkley arrived in Italy a week ago, the last thing she expected was that she’d end up fighting for her life. After spending six months at the Institute, confined to a room with the dangerous-yet-alluring Sofia Flores, Berkley was certain that a vacation in Italy with her two best friends would be the perfect getaway. But Berkley is hiding a terrible secret, one that threatens to undo everything. As she’s forced to face her wicked past, she learns that the devil is always watching, and no one is coming to save her.
**Kim’s review for the first three books in the Merciless series is here.
This was such a great ending to a great series! The first 3 books got a little repetitive and predictable, so having a few weeks between reading them and the release of the 4th book was a good thing. But the 4th book was also different enough to stave off predictability. I liked how the story was resolved and more info was given about the demon moving from person to person. Plus, I just got back from Italy so I was feeling very nostalgic! 😉
There was a little drama that got annoying, but by the end of the story, I understood why it was included. The people that I was most fascinated by were the Italians! Europeans are usually more traditional and old school anyway, so superstition kind of goes hand in hand with that. Plus, the timeline goes between Berkley’s time in a mental institute and her vacation in Italy with her friends . . . how could it possibly get any better?? There is language, some adult themes, a lot of creepy, so probably not a good idea to give this book to younger readers. But if you love scary, creepy reads, this series is perfect!