The Devil’s Whispers
Author: Lucas Hault
Published: February 20, 2022
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: March 18- April 2, 2022
Jessica’s Rating: 2.5 stars
In a silent, sleepy castle, evil has awakened…
Famed British lawyer Gerard Woodward is summoned to an ancient Welsh castle to assist a dying lord in his final affairs. But as his host slips closer to death, Gerard begins to feel less like a guest and more like a prisoner. When he finds himself locked inside his room, he realizes he must escape.
After finding his way out of his room, Gerard begins to wonder if he was safer locked inside. The labyrinthine halls echo secrets. A terrible wail and the rattling of chains sets his nerves on end. Something sinister is happening within the walls of Mathers Castle, and when he descends into the dungeons, he discovers a horrible secret…
In nearby London, children vanish into the night, animals are horribly mutilated, and a savage creature stalks the shadows. When Gerard’s wife, Raelyn, becomes the creature’s next target, his need to escape reaches a fever pitch. He must get out alive so he can dispel the evil that threatens to destroy his beloved Raelyn… and the rest of us.
The Devil’s Whispers started with an interesting premise, but didn’t actually work for me. The novel is written solely in journal/ diary entries and letters, so we get each writer’s perspective of what is occurring. For a short novel it was a very slow-moving story. It seemed to drag for me and I know I missed some things while reading. Since reading, I have seen other reviews saying it is extremely close to Dracula but without vampires, but I can’t compare as I have not read that classic.
I tend to like novels with multiple narrators/ points of view, so I thought this novel would work for me. I was intrigued in the beginning, where Gerard was constantly locked in his room, but something was just missing for me as I read. Towards the end the novel did pick up and I was reading quicker. I could see this novel working as an audiobook with a full cast narration. That might truly bring it to life!
Maybe this book just came at the wrong time for me. I would give Hault another try if a future book sparked an interest to me. Many thanks to the publisher TCK Publishing, for sending me a copy to read and review. I just wish I had enjoyed it more. Though I do love the creepiness of the cover!
Author: Olaf Olafsson
Published: December 3, 2019
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 2.5 stars
A young nun is sent by the Vatican to investigate allegations of misconduct at a Catholic school in Iceland. During her time there, on a gray winter’s day, a young student at the school watches the school’s headmaster, Father August Franz, fall to his death from the church tower.
Two decades later, the child—now a grown man, haunted by the past—calls the nun back to the scene of the crime. Seeking peace and calm in her twilight years at a convent in France, she has no choice to make a trip to Iceland again, a trip that brings her former visit, as well as her years as a young woman in Paris, powerfully and sometimes painfully to life. In Paris, she met an Icelandic girl who she has not seen since, but whose acquaintance changed her life, a relationship she relives all while reckoning with the mystery of August Franz’s death and the abuses of power that may have brought it on.
I just want paranormal horror stories filled with evil and demons and nuns and priests and old churches and cemeteries… is that really too much to ask?? And it looks like this book would deliver at least some of those, right? Wrong!! This is a book about sexual misconduct in the Church. And don’t worry, I’m not giving anything away, that becomes pretty obvious relatively quickly. Oh and the nun is a lesbian. There, that’s the book. The writing was pretty good and easy to follow, but that’s about the only good thing. The cover is also nice. But I was disappointed. That’s pretty much all I’ve got to say … sad, I know.
Apples Never Fall
Author: Liane Moriarty
Published: September 14, 2021
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: December 7-16, 2021
Jessica’s Rating: 2.5 stars
The Delaney family love one another dearly—it’s just that sometimes they want to murder each other . . .
If your mother was missing, would you tell the police? Even if the most obvious suspect was your father?
This is the dilemma facing the four grown Delaney siblings.
The Delaneys are fixtures in their community. The parents, Stan and Joy, are the envy of all of their friends. They’re killers on the tennis court, and off it their chemistry is palpable. But after fifty years of marriage, they’ve finally sold their famed tennis academy and are ready to start what should be the golden years of their lives. So why are Stan and Joy so miserable?
The four Delaney children—Amy, Logan, Troy, and Brooke—were tennis stars in their own right, yet as their father will tell you, none of them had what it took to go all the way. But that’s okay, now that they’re all successful grown-ups and there is the wonderful possibility of grandchildren on the horizon.
One night a stranger named Savannah knocks on Stan and Joy’s door, bleeding after a fight with her boyfriend. The Delaneys are more than happy to give her the small kindness she sorely needs. If only that was all she wanted.
Later, when Joy goes missing, and Savannah is nowhere to be found, the police question the one person who remains: Stan. But for someone who claims to be innocent, he, like many spouses, seems to have a lot to hide. Two of the Delaney children think their father is innocent, two are not so sure—but as the two sides square off against each other in perhaps their biggest match ever, all of the Delaneys will start to reexamine their shared family history in a very new light.
I read The Husband’s Secret eight years ago and really enjoyed it, so I was looking forward to another of Liane Moriarty’s novels. I have one friend who adores her and reads all of her novels and was loving this one, the newest novel. I just wish I agreed with her.
Apples Never Fall has an interesting premise, but fell flat for me. It seemed too long and I was a little bit surprised with a couple of the twists, but not floored with shock. It just kind of seemed like “ok, next”. I will still be interested in reading Moriarty’s other novels and hope they work out better for me.