When Fiona Dunn is approached in a bar by a man who claims he’s the devil, she figures it’s just some kind of postmodern-slash-ironic pickup line. But a few drinks in, he offers her a wish in exchange for her immortal soul, and in addition, Fiona must perform a special favor for him whenever the time comes. Fiona finds the entire matter so absurd that she agrees. Bad idea. Not only does Fiona soon discover that she really was talking to the devil incarnate, but she’s now been initiated into a bizarre support group of similar “dead souls”—those who have done the same thing as Fiona on a whim, and who must spend their waking hours in absolute terror of that favor eventually being called in…and what exactly is required from each of them in order to give the devil his due. – Goodreads.com
I read another book by this author, Poe (review here) a few years back and adored it, so when I saw Dead Souls up for review on NetGalley, I quickly requested it.
Obviously, making a deal with the devil isn’t the best decision in the world, and Fiona has no idea what she’s let herself in for. The story leads the reader on a dark path of twists and turns and may not be for the squeamish, as some parts are a little grisly – something you should expect considering the subject matter. I found it both interesting and surprising what some of the characters trade their souls for – realizing after the fact maybe their wishes should have been worded differently.
Something that didn’t work for me was the relationship between Fiona and Justin – I never bought into it, but part of that could have been because I never cared for Fiona, feeling frustrated at her stupidity and lack of self-esteem. Maybe that’s what the author intended, as there were very few likable characters.
Dead Souls moves along at a brisk pace, offering an engrossing, horrific tale, not for the faint of heart. This book is scheduled for publication September 20th.
Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.