Title: The Merciless (The Merciless #1)
Author: Danielle Vega
Publication: June 12th 2014 by Razorbill
Format: Finished copy in Paperback
Source: Provided by the publisher
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?
I received a finished copy of this book from Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review. By no means have my review been affected and/or influenced.
The Merciless is a different kind of thriller that will make you stop and *cringe* with it’s vivid and uberly detailed story telling.
The moment I saw The Merciless, I immediately had second thoughts about reading it. But the cover got me really curious in knowing what’s it about. If I’m not already creeped out, I already knew that the symbol involves something “religious”. Also, I haven’t read a lot of books in that theme so I just had to give it a go.
The story started of as a normal contemporary with slight hints of weird. It then transitioned into a dark thriller loaded with gore. I really wasn’t expecting the detail loaded exorcism torture scenes. I did skip a lot a few pages because of how vivid everything was. The Merciless was more of a psychological thriller than a horror. It’s not really something that will not make you sleep at night but it’s something that will make you lose your appetite.
One thing I noticed in The Merciless though is the amount of cliché used in the whole story, particularly with the characters. There was the typical “new girl in school” set up that I wasn’t surprised to see and then there’s the almost Mean Girls spin off set of characters. I’ve been seeing a lot of reviews comparing it to the movie that I can’t help but think that it’s a spin off of Mean Girls.
Overall, The Merciless didn’t really scare me that much but it scarred my thoughts with it’s brutality. It’s a fast paced read with an ending you will not expect.