From Internationally-published, award-winning horror writer Steven Deighan...
The life of a young woman turns upside down when demonic forces control her, and a trail of fatalities begins in her name. Can she get to grips with what is happening before Heaven tells her it’s too late?
It’s like a 'Carrie' meets 'The Exorcist' roller coaster ride....
“This is not a pleasant story…”
Intelligent, beautiful; 16-yearr-old Bethany Childs is now officially a young woman with her whole life ahead of her. But, that innocence is savagely taken away on the night of her birthday, and a part of her won’t let it go.
Under the wing of an age-old demon – who facilitates Bethany’s revenge by imbuing the girl with supernatural powers – Bethany reveals her story in a ‘no-nonsense’ fashion, apologizing not for her torment nor asking for sympathy, but pleading for an understanding of the demonic forces she employs, and the fatalities that ensue in her wake.
“It is not the future I saw for myself…” If Bethany is to believe in herself once again, and renounce Hell’s brutal, iniquitous ways, she will need to open her eyes and heart to a world that will never be the way she remembers. Only then can there be salvation in her name.
Average rating from 9 members
This was a fresh take on a possession story. Bethany is your normal teenage girl who is celebrating her 16th birthday on Halloween. Unfortunately for her, this night ends horribly at the hand of 4 boys dressed as skeletons. This opens the door for a demonic entity to give her powers to extract revenge.
I really enjoyed it but I'm not a fan of the religious aspect. Also, I'm going to be very disappointed when I don't see Gérard Butler at the beach!
First off, I want to thank Netgalley, BookBuzz.net and Steven Deighan for the opportunity to read this book in return for an honest review!
TW: Sexual Assault
Sweet and innocent Bethany Childs is trapped in an upstairs bedroom by four costumed strangers on the night of her 16th birthday/Halloween, she is sexually assaulted. This is the story of the revenge unleashed on her attackers with the help of a demon who calls herself "Amy"
Amy seduces Bethany with the promise of giving her the power to make her attackers suffer for their crimes, thus creating Bethany Chiller who is the evil darkness within Bethany that hungers for brutal revenge. Bethany's conscience fights against her darker side as she struggles with the person she is becoming and the trail of bodies she leaves behind.
This book was very entertaining and easy to read, I really liked Bethany's character and the internal struggle she fights throughout the story, she gave me a teen demonic Lisbeth Salander vibe when Bethany Chiller took over! I pictured a “BAMF” in mind whenever she would dress up and visit her attackers.
However, the story itself felt very short and rushed, it could have been fleshed out a lot more into a longer book to include more about Bethany's friends and families as they seem to play an important role in Bethany's life but are fleeting characters within the story. Also, there was no form of consequence for Bethany refusing to fulfil her part of the bargain she made with Amy, the story just ended, and it was all "Happily Ever After"
Overall, I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from Steven Deighan in the future.