Book Review: The Demonologist by Andrew Pyper

The Demonologist tells the chilling story of David Ullman. A university professor whose lectures dwells on Satan’s rebellion against God. This of course is backed by the writings of John Milton’s poem, Paradise Lost. Despite delivering lectures on the matter, David is a non believer. But his views are challenged when he was deceitfully lured in Venice to examine an unusual “phenomena”.

Having very little knowledge about the author nor the book. I have minimal idea on what to expect, such as it may or may have some similarities with Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon series, with a professor being hired for an unusual case. Although there are bits that are quite similar, I can safely say that this is nothing like Brown’s books as The Demonologist dwells more into the supernatural rather than a large scale mystery.

That said, the author does an amazing job creating sequences that are incredibly haunting. There are times where I found myself avoiding to read this at night just to escape the eerie sensation that the book gives off. Contrary to this though is the dialogue. It can be quite perplexing at times for the characters frequently talk in forms of metaphors and analogies. Afterwards you would wonder what on earth were they talking about to begin with. This does affect the believability of the characters.

The book references a lot from John Milton’s Paradise Lost. A true to life poem written by John Milton in the 17th Century. Despite the constant referencing, the author does a great job explaining the references. This allows the readers to understand the extracts without reading the actual poem. However the extracts from the poem are written in such an intriguing way that one may find themselves wanting to read the poem as well.

All in all the book is average at most, the promising start and the incredibly creepy scenes were held back by the book’s middle part as it slows down tremendously. With the repetitive monologues of the protagonist, the second act was a struggling read. The pace does quicken upon entering the third act of the book. But even the third act was met with a disappointing climax. In conclusion, The Demonologist delivers in the horror section however falters on the dramatic side. That said it will still be a great read for audiences who just want to read terrifying scenes.

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