It’s been a long time since I’ve picked up a horror novel. I love them but have to be in the right mood to read them. I was given a copy of J. Lincoln Fenn’s Dead Souls for review and I found it spine-tingling and twisted.
Fiona suspects her long-time boyfriend is cheating on her. While nursing her wounds in a bar, she’s approached by a man who claims to be the devil. He offers her a wish in exchange for her soul. Not taking him seriously, she wishes for invisibility to spy on her lover. When she wakes up the next morning owing the devil a favor to be fulfilled whenever he sees fit, she knows she’s in trouble. She joins a support group of other dead souls and watches in horror as their favors are called in. Can Fiona find a way out of the deal before it’s too late?
While Fiona wasn’t the most likable of characters, the story was engaging and fun to read. It was full of twists and turns from start to disturbing finish, and I never saw them coming. Certain scenes were ghoulishly macabre and the whole story had dark undertones. I had an absolute need to keep reading and find out what happened next. The story was believable which made it horrifying.
If you like your supernatural horror novels with a down to earth feel, this is the read for you. Fenn has a way of creating a world that fits so well inside our own that we believe it to be true.
4 out of 5 stars