I genuinely enjoyed this book. For me, Andrew's writing style is a cut above the rest. He captures the audience right from the beginning, all the way up to the very end. He keeps the reader in suspense at the end of every chapter. I was gripped as I read on, I needed to know more.
We follow Benny as he arrives back in his hometown of New Mexico as he stumbles upon a car crash crime scene. As an aspiring filmmaker, Benny is eager to get a closer look, he needs to get the perfect shot.
What Benny doesn't know is that the more he digs, the more danger he puts himself in. This is, in fact, a case involving several brutal murders, corruption and incomprehensible dark forces.
From the beginning, right through until the very end this book will have you on the edge of your seat. With the end of each chapter, you cannot help but fight the need to read more. For me, Sacrifice has everything is everything a good thriller should have, it keeps you in suspense, it is full of interesting characters and it leaves you wanting more.
As with any book, there were things I loved and things I didn't. The synopsis drew me in with the promise of horror and an intriguing storyline of a mysterious cult. The author kept me reading with the astounding and gruesome imagery of the bodies being found. Sacrifice had that aspect of terror that struck fear in my heart and kept me wanting more!
The beginning of the book had a slow, confusing start for me. It did take me a while to get into it and I found that I was befuddled by the multiple storylines happening. Though they did join together for the ending, they were a little hard to follow. I also felt that some of the character flashbacks were a bit too long for the book and did not give me enough detail to develop the characters in my mind. The few things that I did not enjoy were enough to lower my book rating but were not enough to keep me from enjoying the book or recommending it.
I enjoyed learning about The Penitents, for it seems that they did exist. I'm not sure how much is fact and how much is fiction in the book's description, but it was certainly intriguing to read the story. I thoroughly enjoyed the horror aspect of the book. I have had many disappointments in the horror genre this year, so it was refreshing to read something that truly portrayed gore and fear. The twist of the plot and the ending were certainly worth reading and made up for the bits that I did not enjoy.
I would give this one a 3.5-4 star rating, or 4 faeries since it is not polite to cut a faerie in half. I would consider re-reading this to see if I can get past the confusion I felt, now that I know how the story ends. The ending had an awesome, gruesome plot twist in regards to the history of the cult, and it definitely added to the nightmare that was brought to life by the author.