Author: Paul Sherman
Page Count: 116
My Rating: 4 TURTLES: A great read, I definitely recommend.
*I was given this book in exchange for an honest review
Inspired by the black magic novels of Dennis Wheatley. Esther’s eighth birthday. The day that her mother, Charlotte, had been fearing. As a teenager, Charlotte had gotten involved in a satanic cult and had made a promise to Satan that he could have her firstborn child. At the time, she really didn’t believe any of this was true. It was just a silly thing she did to fit in. But now… Can Charlotte save Esther from Satan’s grip? Or is she destined to fulfill that long-ago promise?
Satan’s Grip is a fast-paced, engaging, dark urban fantasy novella that I really enjoyed reading. Often when I read novellas it feels to me like the author is trying to fit a novel in around one hundred pages, which makes the story feel vey rushed. Satan’s Grip managed to steer clear of that, and still told a compelling story that fit comfortably between the pages present. I also really enjoyed the characters in this book. Charlotte is an unconventional, kick-butt mom who will do anything to get her daughter back. She’s strong, yet acknowledges her flaws, and wastes no time jumping into action. The men who help her get her daughter back are also both very intriguing characters, and I would have like to know more about them!
One thing that I wish I could have seen, though, was the tying up of a few loose ends. Without giving too much away, there was a character whose fate was left hanging and never spoken of afterwards. It would have been nice if even a line of dialogue or something had been thrown in that revealed what had happened to him.
I would definitely recommend this book to all fans of urban fantasy, especially if you’re looking for something a bit darker. Since it’s a novella it is also a very quick read, but jam-packed with action.
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