I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Devil's Prayer by Luke Gracias
Published by Australian eBook Publisher on February 19th 2016
Genres: Fiction, Occult & Supernatural, Horror
Reading Challenges: 2016 Horror Reading Challenge
Buy on: Amazon
A nun commits suicide in front of thousands in Spain. In Australia, Siobhan Russo recognises that nun as her mother, Denise Russo, who disappeared six years ago.
In search of answers, Siobhan travels to the isolated convent where her mother once lived. Here she discovers Denise’s final confession, a book that details a heinous betrayal that left her crippled and mute, and Denise’s subsequent deal with the Devil to take revenge. In the desperate bargain Denise made with the Prince of Darkness, she wagered Siobhan’s soul.
As Siobhan discovers the fate of her soul, she learns that hidden within the pages of her mother’s confession is part of The Devil’s Prayer, an ancient text with the power to unleash apocalyptic horrors.
And now her mother’s enemies know Siobhan has it.
Can Siobhan escape an order of extremist monks determined to get the Prayer back? Can she save the world from its own destruction?
The Devil’s Prayer by Luke Gracias was a very suspenseful novel. The story centers around a young woman, Siobhan Russo, who discovers that the mother who abandoned her ran away to become a nun, and is now deceased. Distraught over her loss, Denise travels to Spain for closure and stumbles upon a dark conspiracy. Denise was a very well-developed character, and I enjoyed reading about her. However, her mother wasn’t who I thought she would be. In fact, she was very complex, and party to some very disturbing situations.
Aside from a story of pacts made with the Devil, the story travels to some dark places. Murder, rape, and other forms of violence take place, and the subject matter may not be for everyone. However, the violent scenes were not for shock value. Instead, they were very integral to the plot, and gave some background on Denise’s past. This past was slowly doled out, but in a very wonderful way. With each page in Denise’s diary that Siobhan read, the reader learns more about Denise’s terrible secret.
This story ends on a cliffhanger, and I haven’t found information as of yet if there will be a sequel. So read at your own risk! I hope Gracias does write another novel, as I’m invested in this mystery, and would love to learn what will happen next. I recommend this novel for fans of the paranormal and occult, as well as mystery, suspense/thrillers, and historical fiction. Yet, be prepared. Gracias includes a lot of factually historical material as this book (The Devil’s Bible – The Codex Gigas) on which the mystery is based is very real. While I love this kind of stuff, I kind of felt like some parts of the book read as a big info dump.