The Merciless by Danielle Vega
The Merciless #1
Young Adult Horror
Release Date: June 12, 2014
Forgive us, Father, for we have sinned...
Brooklyn Stevens sits in a pool of her own blood, tied up and gagged. No one outside of these dank basement walls knows she’s here. No one can hear her scream.
Sofia Flores knows she shouldn’t have gotten involved. When she befriended Riley, Grace, and Alexis on her first day at school, she admired them, with their perfect hair and their good-girl ways. They said they wanted to save Brooklyn. They wanted to help her. Sofia didn’t realize they believed Brooklyn was possessed.
Now, Riley and the girls are performing an exorcism on Brooklyn—but their idea of an exorcism is closer to torture than salvation. All Sofia wants is to get out of this house. But there is no way out. Sofia can’t go against the other girls . . . unless she wants to be next. . . .
In this chilling debut, Danielle Vega delivers blood-curdling suspense and terror on every page. By the shockingly twisted end, readers will be faced with the most haunting question of all: Is there evil in all of us?
This book surprised me a lot! What I was expecting to get was a darker story about an exorcism, but instead, I got a very dark and gory story about three girls who torture a classmate because they THINK she is possessed. Now, this isn’t a bad thing because I actually found myself enjoying the story and read it pretty quickly, but I was kind of disturbed. I mean, the target audience of this book IS for the younger generation but it comes off a bit more mature due to the subject matter. At any rate, I will definitely continue the series because I enjoy this genre and there isn’t a ton of great book out there like this one. However, I do wonder how parents would feel about this book simply because it is a truly disgusting read.
Now, would I recommend the book? Sure, I would! Especially to those who enjoy a good horror story. But don’t be fooled when I say “horror”. I actually didn’t feel scared through most of the book until the very end when everything started to piece together. When I say horror for this book, I essentially mean that you should think of it in terms of a slasher movie/book because you get a lot of torture and blood. To some this is very scary. So read at your own accordance if you enjoy these types of books.