Synopsis: A nun commits suicide in front of thousands in Spain. In Australia, Siobhan Russo recognises that nun as her mother, Denise Russo, who disappeared six years ago.
In search of answers, Siobhan travels to the isolated convent where her mother once lived. Here she discovers Denise’s final confession, a book that details a heinous betrayal that left her crippled and mute, and Denise’s subsequent deal with the Devil to take revenge. In the desperate bargain Denise made with the Prince of Darkness, she wagered Siobhan’s soul.
As Siobhan discovers the fate of her soul, she learns that hidden within the pages of her mother’s confession is part of The Devil’s Prayer, an ancient text with the power to unleash apocalyptic horrors. And now her mother’s enemies know Siobhan has it.
Me: Reading the first chapter of this I expected another Dan Brown style religious conspiracy but it’s nothing like that. The majority of the book is taken up with the diary of Denise Russo and how she ended up a nun in a remote part of Spain miles away from her native Brisbane, Australia. In that we have deals with the devil, murder, adventure, conspiracy and much more. It’s a rip, roaring fast paced story that you just can’t put down. It isn’t always pretty – the murder and a rape scene are pretty graphic but it doesn’t take anything away from the overall story.
I don’t really have many faults with the story. Mostly regarding Denise’s ex-fiance and why her would conspire to have her killed when he could have made millions just be marrying her after she wins $15m on a lottery ticket but to the books credit Denise herself asks that question several times. I didn’t find the answers very acceptable in the end but it’s a small thing and doesn’t detract from the rest of the book.
There’s so much going on I’m surprised that I read it in a day but it really is a book you have to keep going with. And then suddenly it ends! I had got to 96% on my kindle and we were only just getting to the end of Denise’s journal. How was Siobhan going to fight the devil and see if her sister really is the anti-Christ child in just a few percent??? The answer is we don’t. That part hasn’t been written yet which is a bit annoying because i really want to know what happens next.
I loved this book. Full stars…