Neil Gaiman is one of my very favorite authors. I have yet to read all of his books, but in the case of those that I have read I always find myself thinking that he couldn’t do better. And I am always wrong. His books are definitely not for everyone though, and I would not recommend them to just anyone. They are weird, and quirky and on occasion disturbing. In fact one of his books is called Trigger Warning. I am one of those who this works for. You might not be, and that’s okay. But you need to understand that he is my version of a celebrity, so that, perhaps, you’ll better understand why my family and I waited in line to see him for 8 1/2 hours.
We were all incredibly excited, though my mom possibly less so because she was tired and a bit irate, and in my case at least felt like it was a dream and Neil Gaiman wouldn’t actually be at the end of the line. But he was!
Title: The Merciless
Author: Danielle Vega
Published: June 12th, 2014
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
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?