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The Devil Stood Up Paperback – September 1, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
A word of warning - this novel is not for the easily squeamish. The murder the child is brutal and extremely disturbing. That being said, Christine has created a brilliant story with characters that come alive. Some you'll hate and some you'll love. The story twists and turns and keeps you guessing.
4.5 Stars! - Kate Farrell, from The Kindle Book Review
This is a very intense novel, that really isn't for the faint hearted, this is no urban fantasy. It is at times very brutal, too the point where I did consider putting the book away. It's been a long time since I've read an opening of a novel to rival Masterton's Dark Angel for sheer stomach churning unrelenting horror. I'll be honest, at times the book was too much for me, but Dougherty's writing was of a high enough standard to keep me going. This is a multi layered tale that mixes questions about morality, judgement and what the true nature of evil is, and it does this without becoming clunking.
There is a probably a lot more shocking stuff out there, but just to be shocking isn't enough, you need a well written, interesting plot to hold it all together. Without this all you are left with is shock for the sake of shock. And that doesn't float my boat. This book did float my boat, although I don't think I'd try a cross Atlantic crossing in it.
This may not sound like an overly glowing review of the book, truthfully this book has me in mixed feelings, yes it it is well written, I can see the merit of the the book, it's just some of the content wasn't for me. Would I read more of her work, probably.
for those of you who like the ore extreme end of horror then this book has a lot going for it, and you do a lot worse.
So why then 5 stars? - because the author is saying things that need to be said! This book is about truly terrible people doing truly terrible thing to others and (unfortunately) I have actually known people like this in my long life.
Any of you who read this review will also recognize people you know of who are bad like this, but not to the absolute extreme (at least I fervently hope not) described in this book. Many of us know of supervisors/managers/bosses that we say to ourselves "...you know, this person should never, ever be in charge or have authority over another human being". Well being a parent like this book's leading bad character is even worse - to the point where even the devil can be a 'hero'.
There is evil, distasteful animal abuse described, and again, as hard as it is to read this stuff I have actually known several people this bad. We take in rescued Great Danes and you would not believe some of the abuse. we have 2 right now that were starved to a point within a day or so of death. They couldn't even walk out of the pen and had to be carried - imagine a big breed dog almost a year old that weighs only 42 lbs and is just skin and bones - barely alive and unresponsive.
So, as difficult as it is to read this and it is of course a 'fiction' book, it does all of us a warning that bad things happen and bad people really do exist.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I got this book on a whim as the premise seemed similar to the tv show Lucifer, which I found enjoyable. Talk about a similar premise that plays out is a completely different way! Read morePublished 27 days ago by Paul M Raasch
Great read. I thought it was really interesting and cleverly written. I loved the book. It kept my attention. I couldn'tPublished 1 month ago by Countess Gamble
I feel madly in love with the story this book offers it's reader. I was a little unsure at first, what kind of story could possibly involve the Devil, and be worth reading? Read morePublished 6 months ago by Daydreamer1020
Thought it was a fun and easy read. Well edited and error free. Cute story. And love funny stories with the Devil!Published 12 months ago by Stephen
Another oh so awesome book. You feel ever goosebump and gasp. It here and it knows you know. I highly recommend this book to the people who understand that some things.. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Bayoumystic
loved it,this is the third book i have brought from this author and i will be getting more.I am not one of those reviewers that will give you the ducks guts of a story,only that... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Paul Moloney