Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Before the Devil Fell! A big thank you to Harlequin Books and Hanover Square Press for the invitation!
I love an atmospheric novel, and Before the Devil Fell delivers multiple layers of atmosphere.
Will’s mother has been injured, and he returns home to the small village near Boston to care for her. Will has not spent much time at home since high school. Something horrific happened during one his mother’s hippie “spirit circles.” A close friend died.
Will thought that chapter of his mom’s life was over, but maybe it isn’t?
Will finds out that his mother wasn’t just a hippie finding her way, but instead, their family practiced witchcraft long before he’s been on the earth.
Will wants to find out what happened to his friend, but what he doesn’t realize is he’s put himself in a dangerous position.
Wow, as I mentioned, the atmosphere of this village is eerie and haunting. I could feel the suppression, and it was hard to breathe at times because it all felt so real. I loved the witchy coven elements and the mystery. There’s a creepy darkness, too.
Overall, Before the Devil Fell is a haunting story perfect for fall reading where you can almost smell the leaves burning.
I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.
About the Book:
“Hauntingly atmospheric and relentlessly suspenseful, this dark and compelling mystery reveals a shocking bedrock of buried secrets—and shows what can happen when traditional New England witchcraft meets the light of modern day. Before the Devil Fell will keep you guessing on every unpredictable—and unsettling—page.” —Hank Phillippi Ryan, author of The Murder List
Will Connor returns to his hometown, a village north of Boston, to care for his injured mother. He’s kept his distance from the town since high school, but once home he finds himself reexamining a horrific incident that took place during one of his mother’s “spirit circles.” His mother had embraced the hippie generation’s fascination with New Age and the arcane, but the unexpected death of a close friend put an end to the meetings of the modern-day coven.
Or did it?
As Will looks deeper into his family’s history he discovers that her practices weren’t so much a passing fad but the latest link in a long tradition of New England witchcraft, which still seems to hold a strange power over the town. Will hopes that unearthing the facts about the death will put his questions to rest, but there are those willing to resort to violence to keep those secrets buried.
Have you read Before the Devil Fell, or is it on your TBR? Happy Reading! ~ Jennifer THR