June 8, 2023

Novel Lives

Book Publicity, Reviews, Author Interviews, and Discussion Posts by Susan Crosby

Goodreads Monday– The Devil Made Me Do It

Goodreads Monday is hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners.  All you have to do is show off a book from your TBR that you’re looking forward to reading.
I have seen a few amazing bloggers that I follow feature this post on their site and so I wanted to give it a shot! And last week was a lot of fun! Today was supposed to look very different for Novel Lives. But… as a very wise man said, one that I was blessed to be exposed to from birth- Life is what when you make other plans- John Lennon. And speaking of which, his birthday just passed.
So, continuing with last week-  this is simple enough for me to do with everything else going on that I need to deal with a lot of fun… Plus I really need to read this book and I’ve been basically saying that since this blog started. So some of you will recognize it! BUT I MEAN IT- I had it check out from the library for a solid six months. And I pledge to buy it after my move to Colorado is complete. And so for your consideration… I give you…

The Devil’s Aspect By Craig Russell…

Devil's Apprentice

I don’t mean to make fun but I would love to know who asked this question on Goodreads: 

“Because of the subject matter, I’m wondering if this book has a lot of graphic violence?”

Publisher:  Doubleday Books
Release Date: September 2018
Genre: Serial Killer Thrillers, Historical Thrillers, WWII Historical Fictio
Prague, 1935: Viktor Kosárek, a psychiatrist newly trained by Carl Jung, arrives at the infamous Hrad Orlu Asylum for the Criminally Insane. The state-of-the-art facility is located in a medieval mountaintop castle outside of Prague, though the site is infamous for concealing dark secrets going back many generations. The asylum houses the country’s six most treacherous killers–known to the staff as The Woodcutter, The Clown, The Glass Collector, The Vegetarian, The Sciomancer, and The Demon–and Viktor hopes to use a new medical technique to prove that these patients share a common archetype of evil, a phenomenon known as The Devil Aspect. As he begins to learn the stunning secrets of these patients, five men and one woman, Viktor must face the disturbing possibility that these six may share another dark truth.
Meanwhile, in Prague, fear grips the city as a phantom serial killer emerges in the dark alleys. Police investigator Lukas Smolak, desperate to locate the culprit (dubbed Leather Apron in the newspapers), realizes that the killer is imitating the most notorious serial killer from a century earlier–London’s Jack the Ripper. Smolak turns to the doctors at Hrad Orlu for their expertise with the psychotic criminal mind, though he worries that Leather Apron might have some connection to the six inmates in the asylum.
Steeped in the folklore of Eastern Europe, and set in the shadow of Nazi darkness erupting just beyond the Czech border, this stylishly written, tightly coiled, richly imagined novel is propulsively entertaining, and impossible to put down.

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