Book Review - Golem by P. D. Alleva @PdallevaAuthor
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Detective. Angel. Victim. Devil.
A haunting tale of suspense, loss, isolation, contempt, and fear.
On November 1, 1951, war hero John Ashton was promoted to detective.
His first assignment: find the district attorney’s missing daughter.
But his only lead is Alena Francon, a high society sculptor and socialite committed to Bellevue’s psychiatric facility.
Alena has a story for the new detective.
A story so outlandish John Ashton refuses to heed the warning.
Alena admits to incarnating Golem, a demonic force, into her statue.
A devil so profound he’s infiltrated every part of New York’s infrastructure.
Even worse, he uses children to serve as bodily hosts for his demonic army, unleashing a horde of devils into our world.
When Alena’s confidant, Annette Flemming, confirms the existence of Golem, John is sent on a collision course where fate and destiny spiral into peril, and the future of the human race hangs in the balance.
The Devil Is In The Details!
What was it all about
A cop, John Ashton, was given the case of locating the missing daughter of the district attorney. What he came across was the story narrated by Alena. What he got to know was the existence of GOLEM.
How it made me feel
Cold icy shivers traveled down my spine as I read the book. Trigger warnings on the author’s website ought not to be negated. Some of the scenes were, to the core, horrifying. I had to stop and take a breather.
This was the horror that played with my mind where the writing brought the scenes directly to the forefront. As per the norm, I read the book in the night, not realizing some of the nightmares seriously would cling to me.
You have been warned.
When one is unknowingly surrounded by the corrupt, there is nothing one can do to make good on noble promises.
The writing was atmospheric where Golem’s presence could be keenly felt in the pages of the book, some of them would seem to bleed into real life. I didn’t think I would see this, if the book were to be made into a movie.
The book was fast-paced where all the characters started off innocent, but the author put them through their paces, so much so that they had to grow up. Fast.
Golem was a character worthy of mention so evil was he etched. He caused the horror of this book to skyrocket when he called forth the children. And yes, there are a few macabre scenes
I liked the book continued in the direction I expected from it, paving the way for the second book, if the author chose it.
The cover could have been better. It didn’t really speak horror to me.
Being quite a big book, some places had a lag, but the devil was in details, so I could let that go. Alena could be a bit more convincing. Sometimes I didn’t get the feel that she had gone through the darkness with Golem’s ministrations.
Despite knowing triggers, it could still invoke in me some amount of fear and a need to step away from the book. That could be both good or bad.
A true horror, well worthy of the genre it reflected.
Publication Date: October 2021
I downloaded the digital version of the book from an online retail, and this is my journey down its pages, straight from the heart. STRICTLY HONEST and UNBIASED.
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