I love a good horror but it can be difficult to find one that will send shivers down your spine. Sounds familiar? Well then, I’ve just the book for you.
Fifty years ago, Father Leo Bonaventura, a young exorcist, cast a demon out from a young boy in Central America. The demon, Asmodeus, vowed revenge. Now the demon has returned, in the same town where Bonaventura is a retired priest nearing the end of his life. In a series of not-so-coincidental events, the possession of a young girl brings together an unlikely group of people, all of whom are linked in their pasts in some way: A group of paranormal investigators, including twin psychics. Robert Lockhart, a defrocked priest with a dark secret that only the twins know. A father whose dead wife was a college girlfriend of Robert’s and once conjured an evil spirit with him through a Ouiji board. Now they must all join forces and help Father Bonaventura rid the town not only of Asmodeus, but also the plague of poltergeists that have followed the demon into our world.
The second I saw “exorcism” and “Ouiji” board, I knew I was in. Still, even stories like this have the potential to go wrong. There was a point at the beginning when I was worried for The Wakening. There were a lot of different characters to keep up with across different chapters and I was losing track of what was going on. Thankfully, I brought myself up to speed fairly quickly and ended up loving this book.
The Wakening had me looking over my shoulder at night and questioning every noise I heard. I found the book that sent chills down my spine. Even when the plot wasn’t focused on an exorcism, the whole vibe of the town creeped me out. Think of Derry in It when strange things start happening everywhere. This entire book had me feeling uneasy.
It often happens in horrors that there is a disconnect between the plot and the characters, in so much that the plot completely overtakes everything else. In The Wakening, the author did a great job of character building and making the reader feel something for the characters they were reading. It made the book even more tense as you don’t want anything to happen to those you have built a connection with.
I really enjoyed this book and am excited to spread the word to other horror fans. You can pick up a copy of The Wakening here.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.