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The Demonologist
Andrew Pyper

Simon & Schuster
March 5, 2013 / ISBN 978-1451697414
Supernatural Horror

Reviewed by Linda Morelli  

Literature Professor David Ullman’s wife is cheating on him. His melancholic nature has distanced them, and their eleven-year-old daughter, Tess, is so like her introspective father that David’s wife feels like an outsider. Tess lives in a world where psychic intuition foretells the horrors yet to come – horrors of which her father is not immediately aware. A foreign lady seeks David out because he’s a demonologist whose expertise in Milton’s Paradise Lost is necessary to investigate a “phenomenon” in Venice, Italy, and adds that his academic qualifications are what they seek. David, heavily in debt and heading for divorce, can use the fantastic sum of money she offers. 

David’s wife feels Tess is moody, that David and Tess share a darkness that has left her feeling stranded. So when David discusses going to Venice, his wife agrees that Tess can go as well. But once there, a demon possesses Tess. As she falls from their hotel room into a canal, she calls out to him to find her. David becomes all too aware of the demons and spiritual creatures that walk the world, and in a way, he becomes one as well. One who takes an emotional journey, wandering and determined to find his daughter – and perhaps himself? 

It’s been a long time since I've read a mesmerizing, excellent horror novel that had my heart racing and my nerves jumping at the slightest sound, but The Demonologist reached that rank and surpassed it.  Andrew Pyper has written a fast-paced, tense horror story and psychological thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat. Definitely not for the faint of heart, The Demonologist will keep you reading well into the night, too afraid to turn off the lights.

Reviewer Linda Morelli is the award winning author of three published romance novels.

Reviewed 2013