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Book Review #117: The Devil’s Prayer

Author: The Devil’s Prayer
Pages: 294
Genre: Horror Thriller
Publisher: Australian eBook Publisher

  • Ratings-

Cover : 2/5
Title : 3.5/5
Blurb : 3.5/5
Theme: 4/5
Story : 4/5
Characters : 3.5/5
Value for money : 4/5
Overall : 4/5

  • Blurb:

A nun commits suicide in front of thousands in Spain. In Australia, Siobhan Russo recognizes 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?

Explicit Content Warning: “The Devil’s Prayer” is a historical horror thriller that contains brutality, rape, sex, drug abuse and murder. Readers may find its content offensive and confronting.

  • Review:

The Devil’s Prayer by Luke Gracias is a fiction story of the horror thriller genre. The story begins in Spain with the public suicide of a nun who is later identified by an Australian girl named Siobhan Russo as her mother Denise Russo who had disappeared six years ago. In search of the truth, Siobhan travels to the convent her mother once lived in. It is secluded now and has a spooky vibe to it. However, Siobhan is able to unearth Denise’s final words which are a confession, or a plea of forgiveness from Siobhan. Apparently Denise had made a pact with The Devil wherein she wagered Siobhan’s soul to help her destroy the man she was to marry who, along with others, had oncs tortured her, raped her, and left her to die. But to get this wish of her’s fulfilled, Denise had to pay the price of her oldest Daughter Siobhan’s soul.

The book seemed too heavy on information in the initial few chapters and the narration style wasn’t helping either. Too much explanation at times decreased the charm of the narration.

Luke has connected three completely different aspects in a very unique manner to get the masterpiece that The Devil’s Prayer is, and beautifully so. Luke had researched the content thoroughly and that is evident from the depth in which the narration has been made. The book has some dark and shady parts which are definitely not for the weak hearted people. The story moves on fairly smoothly and appropriate amount of information is revealed at intervals. The mystery is sustained till the very end and the way two tales have been merged to create the climax is commendable!

  • Verdict:

A gripping tale for the brave hearts (4/5)

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