Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Devil's Labyrinth by John Saul

I finished reading The Devil's Labyrinth by John Saul.

When Ryan gets beat up at school, his mom follows the advice of her new boyfriend and enrolls him in a Catholic boarding school. No big deal right? But, who would have guessed the Devil was living underneath the school in a maze of tunnels.

Okay, well it isn't as dramatic as that. One priest decides to invoke the evil into a few of the youths. After a couple of failed attempts to control the demons within, he finally has success and attracts some interesting attention. The twist is mainly the discovery of the bad guys and their intended plot. The payoff is the strength of a father's love for his son.

I glanced through a few reviews and wasn't completely surprised to see it had some bad reviews. I was however intrigued by some of the things said. A few seemed as if the reader didn't read the same book as I did. But, with that said...

I will admit it wasn't one of his best. It did however invoke a few nightmares and more than one restless night as I lay awake listening to the bumps in the night. It is worth the read, but don't expect a scare from every aspect of the story. The exorcisms are the most disturbing aspect of the story.

I'd give the book at least 4 stars out of 5, but one of those stars are because it is John Saul. So, by any other author, I'd give it a three star rating.

What are you reading? Who would you recommend to a John Saul fan? Which John Saul book did you enjoy the most?


Terry W. Ervin II said...

It is interesting how the same book can cause such varying opinions and reactions from readers. Chalk it up to varied experiences and expectations.

Cher Green said...

Yes. We all look at the world differently, depending upon what we've seen and done before each new slice of life.

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