Jason finds himself in Hell after committing an atrocious sin. Surrounded by horrors and brutality, he is offered a second chance to live a life he could have had, free of pain, if he agrees to play a Demon’s game.
I think it’s safe to say, I have never read anything like this.
I ended up listening to this on audiobook and I think having such a fantastic narrator really helped. There are so many gruesome visuals, I’m talking beyond what you’re probably imagining right now, but somehow it wasn’t off-putting. I mean, what else could you expect from a novel that is set in Hell?
The writing itself was really enjoyable, and quite well done, from the prose to the dialogue. It wasn’t flowery, nor was it simplistic, it was very… real. If that makes any sense at all. I would pick up another novel by this author for the writing style alone.
The story itself had so many twists, turns, unexpected moments, and even some really touching moments, which made it really hard to put down! MacKillican really has a knack for writing a both plot and character driven tale, I found it to be a great balance of the two.
There are definitely some big trigger warnings, if you are sensitive to… well, any activity that could land someone in Hell, and then some. I’ll dot point some below which I think would be the most… important to be aware of. Definitely read with caution, even though this novel somehow keeps such heavy topics light.
I gave this 4/5 stars. Gripping, adventurous, horrifying.
- Implied CSA
- Domestic violence/murder