This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.The Devil's Serenade by Catherine Cavendish
Release Date: April 19, 2016
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Purchase at: Amazon ◊ Barnes & Noble
Maddie had forgotten that cursed summer. Now she’s about to remember…
“Madeleine Chambers of Hargest House” has a certain grandeur to it. But as Maddie enters the Gothic mansion she inherited from her aunt, she wonders if its walls remember what she’s blocked out of the summer she turned sixteen.
She’s barely settled in before a series of bizarre events drive her to question her sanity. Aunt Charlotte’s favorite song shouldn’t echo down the halls. The roots of a faraway willow shouldn’t reach into the cellar. And there definitely shouldn’t be a child skipping from room to room.
As the barriers in her mind begin to crumble, Maddie recalls the long-ago summer she looked into the face of evil. Now, she faces something worse. The mansion’s long-dead builder, who has unfinished business—and a demon that hungers for her very soul.
This story has a very alpha and omega theme to me. Everything begins and ends with Nathaniel Hargest. He is as evil as the day is long. If you enjoy reading horror stories with suspense and without the immense gore, then this book is for you. It has a twisting turning story line that does truly keep you guessing. It has a few twisted characters that are satanic in nature. There is also the struggle between good and evil. I could absolutely see this book being made into a horror movie. I did not rate this book more than 3 stars because although it is a very good horror book, it did not grip me or spook me. In all fairness I am the kind of person that if put into a situation where a house was obviously inhabited by evil, I would soak it with gasoline and throw the match over my shoulder without looking back. No need to “know the truth” for me.
*Thank you to Samhain Publishing & NetGalley for this ARC of The Devil’s Serenade*