Sorrow’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
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.
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.