Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Devil's Prayer


The Devil’s Prayer by Luke Gracias

      Sometimes you pick up a book and don’t know why.  It’s not what you’d normally choose, it’s premise is a little different.  Sometimes you just turn to page one and find you don’t want to stop till you finish.  And then you might try to think how you would recommend it, what with the title and all. 
     I chose this book as an advance copy for my opinion.  I don’t know why but I did and after finishing it last week I find I’m still thinking about it.  Please don’t let the title slow you down.
     The book starts with a chase.  Cardinals chasing a nun who ends up committing suicide in front of thousands of people.  And that’s just the beginning.  On the other side of the world Siobhan Russo realizes this nun is her mother who has been missing for six years.  Siobhan travels to Spain in the hopes of discovering something about her mother’s life since she left. 
     There is a journal.  Siobhan finds it and begins reading about her mother’s life, the betrayal of her friends, her torture and the months spent paralyzed.  During those months Denise Russo has nothing but time and makes a deal with the devil that allows her to seek revenge and in that deal she wagers the soul of Siobhan.
      We spend time trying to understand how Good lives alongside Evil.  How there can’t be one without the other.  We spend time in the 13th Century, in ancient monasteries and among historical figures of the time who inflicted incredible evil on the world.
     I know this sounds like “hmmm…” but this book is a rousing page turner, written with an ease of style that will put you there with Denise.  And it will leave you thinking long after you regretfully turn the last page.

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