Sorrow’s Point Review (Marker Chronicles #1)

Sorrows Point by Danielle DeVorSorrow’s Point: When defrocked ex-priest, Jimmy Holiday, agrees to help an old friend with his sick daughter, Lucy, Jimmy doesn’t expect the horrors that await him. Blackmoor, his friend’s new residence, rests upon the outskirts of the town of Sorrow’s Point. The mansion’s history of magic, mayhem, and death makes it almost a living thing – a haunted mansion straight out of Flowers in the Attic. Jimmy must decide if Lucy is only ill, or if the haunting of the house and her apparent possession is real.

After the house appears to affect him as well; seeing colors of magic when rooms of the house are warded by a witch and his voice taking on a power he doesn’t understand, Jimmy is met by a transient who tells him he has “the Mark”. Whatever being “marked” means, Jimmy doesn’t care. All he wants to do is help Lucy. Helping Lucy means performing the exorcism.

Jimmy knows the ceremony, but it’s belief that matters. And if a demon is using a little girl as a meatsuit, his faith had better be strong enough to kick it back to Hell. Otherwise, he might damn them both. -Goodreads Synopsis


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Sorrow’s Point Review

Okay, so I read this book at 11 p.m. the night before Halloween. Given how much of a colossal wimp I am, this was a horrible idea. Just sayin’.

In Sorrow’s Point, Danielle DeVor delivers a terrifying story of demonic possession and the valiant fight to save the child that will have you turning on all the lights in your house and jumping at the slightest sound. The reader is unceremoniously thrown into the deep end of this tale of terror that starts with a phone call at 3 a.m. and a worried father begging for help to save his daughter’s life, and its not until the very last pages that they’re thrown a preserver to keep them from never coming back up. 4 Star Rated Sorrow's Point Review

Sorrow’s Point is fantastically written. Right from the get-go the author set a line of tension that was steadily ratcheted up. No excess time or words were wasted on unnecessary details. DeVor does an excellent job of balancing the interactions and personalities of a handful of characters that, when combined with her flair for writing the spookiness, I couldn’t help but ‘see’ this book in my head as I read it. Her talent for the basic of a good horror tale, combined with her forthright addressing of problems faced in today’s society (investigation of molestation, pedophilia in the priesthood, etc), and unique twists to traditional elements, combines perfectly into a goose-bump raising tale.

The only reason I did not give this book a full five-star rating was because the author’s choice of a female minor for the child undergoing possession made it inevitable that I would be ‘seeing’ Regan’s face/body from The Exorcist in a few of the more dramatic scenes instead of Lucy. Yes, I know Lucy is much younger and blonde, but the mind works in mysterious ways, and the young female from that classic movie is … iconic … to say the least. So, in choosing a little girl to base her tale around, the author perhaps unwittingly set herself up for this issue, as it makes the whole thing ring  (very) faintly of an updated version of William Peter Blatty’s horrific tale.

Overall, I completely enjoyed reading this book, laughing at myself at times as I was reading it because I was so spooked. I am definitely adding this author to my list of “Read-More-From”. As for the comparisons to King? She’s as good, if not better in some ways. This is definitely a woman in horror that you need to read.

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Title: Sorrow’s Point | Author: Danielle DeVor (site) | Publisher: Crescent Moon Press (site) | Publication Date: 2015-12-15 (orig: 2013-10-5) | Pages: 241 | ISBN: 9780986251641 | Genre(s): Horror & Fantasy | Language: English | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Triggers: Pedophilia, Suicide (both mentioned, not seen) | Date Read: 2015-10-30 | Source: Received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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17 Responses to Sorrow’s Point Review (Marker Chronicles #1)

  1. This is my next book to read! (…although I just started a 600 page literature-y book and I’ll be finishing that first). I will give you an opinion when I am done, I promise. I know I always say I’m adding books from your reviews to my list, and I am, but my list is so long (and then sometimes life happens and I don’t do as much reading as I expected for a couple of weeks) that I still haven’t got around to any of them.

    • I know the feeling. So many on my TBR since I started book blogging! I am getting around to some of them though! Finally. lol.

      • I read it this afternoon!

        I mostly agree with what you’ve said. I think it was expecting the writing to be a little sharper, but overall I enjoyed it. The story was fast-paced and engaging; I read it in one sitting and wouldn’t put it down when my partner got home and tried to get my attention.

        Although it had a King-ish flavour, in my opinion comparisons to Stephen King are a bit hyperbolic … and kind of irrelevant when you get past genre and setting. I thought her cinematic to-the-point style was something else entirely to King’s slow-burn deep-character stories–not really comparable. But I suppose the Stephen King comparison is just what happens when you’re an up-and-coming horror writer.

        I liked the way it ended. It was interesting. (With the girl, I mean). That’s staying with me, and it makes me want to read the next book in the series (and I almost definitely will at some point).

        Next stop, Apocalypse Cow!

        • Glad you enjoyed it. You have some good points. 🙂

        • I know I already replied but having time to think I wanted to say that 1.) I noticed a couple things that second time I read the book that I’d overlooked the first time. I’d just easily sunk so quickly and enjoyably into it that I didn’t read very critically (still doesn’t change the fact that I absolutely loved it, but definitely acknowledging its not perfect.)

          I think we’ll have to agree to disagree on King, though admittedly I haven’t read as much of him as I have other horror writers, simply because he loses me with his 500 words where 50 would do style.

          • Yes, it’s a preference thing 🙂 I can see you have a distinct preference in wordiness and pacing, and that’s cool with me. I’m have such omnivorous reading tastes that I often I find it weird to compare things that seem different but good in their own ways. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever seen an author-comparison that I would be happy to agree with.

            Basically, I would make a terrible reveiwer.

            • *grin* I thought I’d make a terrible one because I don’t do great at dissecting or critical thinking. Turns out, people still like to hear my opinions!

              • Really? I think you’re great at it. I love having your blog to refer to when I want to populate my reading list with science fiction and horror (genres I only started reading properly over the last two years).

                • Its weird sometimes the difference between how someone views you and how you view yourself, I guess.

                  I look on with envy at the reviewers who can really break things down and talk on a higher level about the significance of certain things. I don’t get how they do it.

                  I feel like my reviews are very basic and ‘your average joe’. Which – though – is not necessarily a bad thing. I think I write like that one friend who constantly just talks casually about books.

                  • I guess you don’t do that sort of literary style review, but can I say thank God for that? I do sometimes enjoy picking apart books that way (depending on the book), but I’ve never liked reading reviews that do. What I want in a book review is someone to draw attention to books I may never have found on my own, give me an honest tip on what it does well and/or badly and tell me whether they enjoyed it. Which you nail.

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