This is a very scary book! It concerns a college professor who specializes in teaching Milton's "Paradise Lost" to undergraduates, and giving his own interpretation as to who is the hero and who the villain in the piece. When the school year ends he is offered a seemingly simple job that pays quite well; going to Venice to see something and make a report. He takes his 11 year old daughter with him, as he and his wife are in the process of dissolving their marriage. When he arrives at the address where he is to make his observation, he discovers that there's quite a bit more to what's going on than he has been led to believe. Shortly after that, his daughter falls from the seventh floor of their hotel into the canal, and he leaves for home after her body is not found, believing that this incident is intimately connected with what he observed for his task.
The plot goes on from there and get stranger and much more frightening, as he is (somehow) led across the country to places in North Dakota, Florida, and also Canada. Part of the time he is accompanied by a female friend of his who is dying of inoperable cancer, and he is being pursued by someone who may have orders to kill him. All the while he is seeking clues to help him find his daughter, who he is convinced is somehow alive, but kept from him by malevolent demons.
There are a lot of frightening scenes and truly scary people (alive and dead) involved in this story, as the professor rushes to find his daughter before she is completely taken by the forces of darkness. I thought that the ending was a bit too abrupt, but it was a satisfying one. Caution: if you read books at night, as I do, you may want to leave the bedroom light on when you go to sleep to keep the demons away!
"The Demonologist" by Andrew Pyper starts off with great promise as an apocalyptic novel narrated by a loving father who has lost his daughter to a demon with an agenda. Even though the pace of the story never lets up, as the novel reaches its conclusion, the pent-up terror so carefully and initially wrought unwinds with the all-pervasive sense of melancholy and depression that hovers around main character David Ullman. Whether or not love conquers all, the joy of resolution and revelation is muted … more
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, March 2013: This supernatural thriller rises above its by-the-numbers plot to deliver a mix of creepy mood and engaging musings on good and evil. It’s still a light read despite author Andrew Pyper’s literary pretensions. The movie rights have been optioned, and the staging of some of the narrative seemed based more for big-screen bang than because it made sense. The story is told by David Ullman, a renowned Miltonian scholar whose knowledge of Paradise Lost draws him into a mystery in Venice that ultimately puts him in peril. Ullman has to fight both his internal demons and possibly some very real ones to save himself, his daughter, and maybe the whole world. Original? No. But The Demonologist still provides a bit of page-turning fun with some truly scary moments that had me shivering during a late-night read. --Aaron Knopf