About the Book (from Goodreads):
Not all exorcists are created equal- especially those that are “marked”.
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.
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.
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.
Move over, Stephen King. Danielle DeVor is on her way!
let me say that this isn’t my usual reading genre, and that I haven’t
picked up a scary book in years. My kids know better than to try to take
me to a scary movie – I scream and flinch way too easily. But as a
teen, I devoured everything by Stephen King, read Edgar Allen Poe under
the covers with a flashlight, and read The Amityville Horror, Jaws, and
everything by V.C. Andrews over the same hot (scary) summer.
Point took me back to those days. A well-crafted classic tale of horror
and suspense, it reminded me of a combination of The Shining and
Amityville Horror rolled together, with a protagonist ex-priest that I
actually liked and rooted for, despite his personal shortcomings.
love the interactions between Jimmy and Tabby, and found the
juxtaposition of witchcraft, demonology and Catholic faith fascinating.
However, I wouldn’t recommend reading this at night, or if you’re alone
in the house. There are some seriously scary parts!
If you’re looking to scare yourself a bit with a well-crafted tale, pick up this book. You won’t be disappointed.