Review for ‘The Merciless’ by Danielle Vega
Synopsis: 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. . . .
The Review: I loved this one. I would like to say that even if you were not a fan of this author’s other book (‘Survive the Night’) you should still give this one a shot. It was an entirely different world and an entirely different kind of evil. If you are a fan of Danielle’s intense writing style as well as her painful and quick endings it will still leave you satisfied, though. Most of the action here takes place over the course of one night, but the book has other scenes and you get a good feel for the personalities of all of our main characters. Actually, one of my only complaints were the personalities of some of the girls in this book. Its a little hard to find the intense religious attitudes of Sofie’s friends believable. It wasn’t enough to deter me from reading, but there were times where I wanted to reach through the pages and strangle Riley and those who blindly followed her into the land of righteousness. Then again, it adds to the frustration we feel every time Sofia or the other girls do as Riley tells them to do. As the book progresses, the reader will really start to question what is truth and who is right or wrong. Be prepared for gore because there are certainly a few scenes with plenty of blood and pain. Its not what the entire book is based on (this author definitely works the psychological aspect of the plot) so don’t worry if you’re afraid that blood and guts is all it has going for it. This one ends quickly, right after a scene with plenty of action in it, but I personally find that part enjoyable because it leaves me questioning everything that I just took in. It also adds to the creepiness factor. If you can handle blood and gore, then this one is a great choice because the storyline is shocking and super interesting.
The Conclusion: Read this if you’re into: Psychological thrillers that leave you questioning everything you just read, demon possession, and when the bad guys win.
Don’t read this if you can’t stand: Blood and pain, religious tension, or when teenage girls blindly follow the leader of a clique.
The Rating: A bloody 5 out of 5 stars because this one did not end like I thought it would, and it really had me stressed out at certain points. Since it got my heart racing and I couldn’t guess the ending it won me over.
Author’s Goodreads Page: Danielle Vega Goodreads