rhia reviews | The Devil’s Prayer by Luke Gracias

29225318A nun commits suicide in front of thousands in Spain. In Australia, Siobhan Russo recognises that nun as her mother, Denise Russo, who disappeared six years ago.

In search of answers, Siobhan travels to the isolated convent where her mother once lived. Here she discovers Denise’s final confession, a book that details a heinous betrayal that left her crippled and mute, and Denise’s subsequent deal with the Devil to take revenge. In the desperate bargain Denise made with the Prince of Darkness, she wagered Siobhan’s soul.

As Siobhan discovers the fate of her soul, she learns that hidden within the pages of her mother’s confession is part of The Devil’s Prayer, an ancient text with the power to unleash apocalyptic horrors.

And now her mother’s enemies know Siobhan has it.

Can Siobhan escape an order of extremist monks determined to get the Prayer back? Can she save the world from its own destruction?

My Goodreads rating: ★★★★☆

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for providing me an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

There are only two possible explanations for what I just read:
a) it is part of a series and nobody told me
b) netgalley only gave me half the book.

I was expecting something more like THE DA VINCI CODE with this so I am a little disappointed. The action I wanted just isn’t there. Most of this novel seems to just be Siobhan reading her mother’s diarised “confession”, and just as it was starting to get really good, it ended. I’m really hoping there’s a sequel to this or something because I need more. I need to hunt it down in a bookstore somewhere and find out.

Siobhan’s journey in her mothers footsteps is fascinating, as is reading her mother’s confession – the things Denise has done are both amazing and awful to read. I loved the slow burn reveal of the truth of the matter – going from Australia’s Gold Coast to a remote Spanish convent, with many wonderful sights to see in between, and many twists and turns in plot.

I’d pick up the sequel in a heartbeat.

View this review on Goodreads.

Buy this book: Amazon UK | Amazon US

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