The Demonists by Thomas E. Sniegoski
Published by Roc (Penguin Putnam Inc)
Expected Publication Date : April 5th, 2016
Available as Paperback & eBook – 336 Pages
Source : NetGalley
There is more to our world than meets the eye—darker things, crueler things. Exorcist John Fogg and his wife, psychic medium Theodora Knight, know what lurks in the shadows. But even they’re not prepared for the worst Hell has to offer…
It was supposed to be a simple exorcism, a publicity stunt to firmly establish John and Theodora’s thriving paranormal investigation empire in the public eye. But something went wrong, leading to an on-air massacre that unleashed a malicious host of demons and left Theodora catatonic, possessed by countless spirits.
John sets out on a desperate quest to find a cure for his wife, but his obsession brings him face-to-face with an even more terrifying problem: Theodora’s possession is only one piece of a deadly plot that is threatening the entire world. Because an ancient evil is about to make Earth its battlefield—and without John and Theodora’s intervention, there is no chance for salvation…
The Demonists is a urban fantasy from Thomas E. Sniegoski, to be released in April. The story takes something everyone has seen and watched at least once in their life, a ghost hunter or supernatural hunter show and twists it. What if it’s real and what if something terrible happens because of these people poking about? Everyone has wondered about it, at least maybe I’m the sole weirdo who has so this was an unsettling and very appealing idea for me. John Fogg and his wife, a psychic medium Theodora are hosting their show when something terrible goes wrong and what should have been contained is released. Theodora is left in a coma and John is left in the center of a maelstrom of… let’s just say really bad stuff.
For me the beginning of this was the strongest part and then the story seemed to taper off and wander. I’ll be frank and say I read the first 20% then came down with a super nasty case of strep throat that kept me from reading for almost a week which could have something to do with this, but I had serious problems staying focused in on what was happening. I’d gain my footing back then my belief in the story would slip and I’d find myself rolling my eyes or growling in frustration. It simply stopped working. I was hoping for something fast, engaging, and maybe a little terrifying. I got that but almost as fast as it happened I lost it.
The overall plot for the story was something I am totally behind, and a few of the characters I really did enjoy. Our antagonist, The Teacher, has got to be one of the creepiest characters I’ve read in a while though his end game is something that I’ve seen done. Just because something is a bit of a trope doesn’t make it bad, and The Teacher was something that even in the wandering of the book I was sucked to. I loved his segments and they nearly always got a shudder out of me. I’m never eating candy corn again.
Most however, again, I had trouble believing. The more I’ve thought about it I think perhaps it was the frequency of the jumps. The story constantly leaps from one character to the next with little to no indication of the leaps – in fact the copy I had sometimes would start a new character’s view in a new spot with a simple paragraph break. Other times we would stay with someone past a double break. It made it confusing, and possibly aggravating.
For me this was disappointing, but it has promise. I think I’ll be giving it another go if I can find a copy in paperback (hopefully with some better editing) and when I can sit down and blaze through. If it’s something that does spark your interest, I’d say try it! Don’t try to spread your reading out, definitely get it for that long weekend when you’ll have the time to read. Fair warning as well, it may be a ‘read during the day’ kind of book.
***I was provided a free copy of this book for review from NetGalley by the publishers, thank you! My review is my own thoughts and opinions and not swayed in anyway.***