Review: THE MERCILESS by Danielle Vega

by Danielle Vega
ISBN-13: 978-1595147226
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 336
Source: Publisher
Rating: ♥♥♥♥

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. . . .

In this chilling debut, Danielle Vega delivers blood-curdling suspense and terror on every page. By the shockingly twisted end, readers will be faced with the most haunting question of all: Is there evil in all of us?

My Thoughts:

I have wanted to read THE MERCILESS by Danielle Vega for quite a while. The very first time I read the synopsis I was instantly drawn to it's darkness and knew it was a read that I would devour in fear. AND I was not wrong.

THE MERCILESS quickly dives into the twisted as "new girl" Sofia begins to navigate her way through yet another school. She meets Brooklyn Stevens and believes to find and ally until she befriends Riley and her clique of friends. After a gruesome finding, Riley convinces Sofia to spy on Brooklyn, that she needs their help and Sofia believes that she can do this small favor because she is a good girl. When Sofia reports back to Riley with a scandalous finding that is when everything changes and soon Sofia finds herself in the middle of a tortuous exorcism that she cannot escape from. What happens in that house terrified me and the ending left me crying for my mommy.

I was instantly drawn to Sofia and I could understand her need to be accepted at any cost, yet I was always hopeful that she would have the strength to make the ethical choice. As for the Brooklyn and Riley, the presented the perfect balance of good and evil and found myself vacillating between the two until the very end.

Danielle Vega has done a brilliant job of creating a well paced story that intensifies with every page. THE MERCILESS was an adrenaline rush of pure fear and I could not put it down despite my intense need to do so. A true horror read. I would recommend this book to anyone that has a strong constitution for this book is not for the weak hearted. This book is twisted bloody and it will seriously mind fuck you. In the end you will question term evil and if it exists in all our hearts.

1 comment:

  1. Vega's debut novel is an alarming, terrifying ride that will keep you guessing until the twist ending. The story takes high school girl insecurities to a very creepy new level. After the surprise ending, I would love to read a sequel to see what happens to Sofia Flores...

    Great summer read!
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