In the blink of an eye, Michael loses his family. As his life spirals out of control with grief, he is presented with the possibility that their souls might be trapped in Hell. Michael is a good man, a moral man, forced to do terrible things.
Thus begins an unimaginable and nightmarish journey to rescue his family from the depths of Hell, with the Devil as the puppet master pulling his strings.
I noticed this book on NetGalley classed under ‘Mystery and Thrillers’ and, although there was the following warning: ‘Graphic violence and profanity included’ I somehow didn’t pick it up. So, if you do decide to read this novella please take this into consideration otherwise it may come as a bit of a shock.
Nevertheless, once I started reading I was hooked because even though this is quite violent both in action and language it is a fascinating storyline with quite a heart wrenching tale. Well written, with good plotting and a nice twist at the end which I really liked.
Michael, the main protagonist, is not portrayed as a loveable character he is after all working for the Devil and committing terrible deeds but, by the end of the story, you will understand why he became what he did and why he did what he did. For all that he is in a very tough place and when the end is revealed well you may – perhaps, even will – sympathise, but can you agree? It’s a bit of a quandary and maybe the real mystery of this story.
It is fast-paced, gripping and a quick read this is not for the faint hearted but it’s not a scary book. Things in this book are not always what they seem and it challenges your way of thinking, it shows you that ‘judging a book by its cover’, as the saying goes, isn’t always the right thing to do. Although the cover of this book is terrific, don’t you agree?
I would like to thank Books Go Social for an eBook of The Devil’s Lieutenant via NetGalley in return for an honest review. I have not received any payment in relation to my review.
This book was also read as part of my #20BooksofSummer challenge, indeed it was the 20 read! However, I am still catching up with my posts with just two more to go.
Published: CreateSpace Independent Publishing
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Shervin Jamali: ‘I am a husband, a father and a writer; the allocation of said roles depends on the hour of each day. I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, but it wasn’t until recently that it just seemed to click. I’ve had stories locked away, but suddenly, and unexpectedly, they now need to get out. I am also an avid builder of Lego sets with my children!’