The Merciless by Danielle Vega Review!

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Title: The Merciless
Author: Danielle Vega
Release Date: June 12th 2014 
Publisher: Razorbill
Source: Bought
Rating: ★★★★

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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?___________________________________________________

My Review: 

The Merciless is the debut novel by Danielle Vega that came out last summer with much buzz attached to it. With its promise of stand alone horror and flashy hot pink cover with a gold pentagram on the top, could you blame everyone for being curious about it? The cover and the subsequent marketing campaign for this novel was brilliantly clever. 

The Merciless is definitely entertaining, the writing is sharp and imaginative and the story moves quickly throughout, without losing its pace. It's not an innovative horror novel by any means, sort of just a slasher flick as a novel.

This being a slasher flick, er, novel, it suffers from the same problems of it's film counterpart. The characters have little to no character development and most of them rely on archetypes and stereotypes. Sofia, the main character is painfullypainfully, unaware and naive, thinking that if she assists Riley in the torture of Brooklyn, just a little bit, that Riley will back off.

Sometimes, the author goes too far for shock value and it comes off as try hard. You can tell that the author wrote certain scenes with a certain glee since some readers can't handle more graphic scenes and it felt like 'look how far this story can go, look how crazy this is!'

The logistics of the ending weren't explained too well and any moral metaphor was also thrown out the window for a splashier ending.

This stand alone is entertaining and doesn't provide any sort of deeper meaning nor does it try to be, and as a lover of horror, it was pretty fun to read. If you don't like horror or any sort of graphic violence, I would skip this one. 

Danielle Vega's The Merciless is available here.

Have you read this novel? What did you think?




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