Monday, 10 September 2018

Book Review | We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix

book review we sold our souls a horror bookMy Rating: 7/10
Published: September 18th 2018
Pages: 336
Genre: Horror, fiction
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'In the 1990s, heavy metal band Dürt Würk was poised for breakout success -- but then lead singer Terry Hunt embarked on a solo career and rocketed to stardom as Koffin, leaving his fellow bandmates to rot in rural Pennsylvania.

Two decades later, former guitarist Kris Pulaski works as the night manager of a Best Western - she's tired, broke, and unhappy. Everything changes when she discovers a shocking secret from her heavy metal past: Turns out that Terry's meteoric rise to success may have come at the price of Kris's very soul.

This revelation prompts Kris to hit the road, reunite with the rest of her bandmates, and confront the man who ruined her life. It's a journey that will take her from the Pennsylvania rust belt to a Satanic rehab center and finally to a Las Vegas music festival that's darker than any Mordor Tolkien could imagine. A furious power ballad about never giving up, even in the face of overwhelming odds, We Sold Our Souls is an epic journey into the heart of a conspiracy-crazed, paranoid country that seems to have lost its very soul...where only a girl with a guitar can save us all.'

When I saw this book being described as a paranormal horror with plenty of pop culture I knew I had to pick this up. If you didn't know, paranormal horror is one of my favourite genres and I have previously read Grady Hendrix's My Best Friend's Exorcism so I knew that I liked his writing style, We Sold Our Souls didn't disappoint!

I really enjoyed the plot, it was slightly ridiculous and over the top in the same way metal music can be, but it was also incredibly interesting as it drew a lot of parallels to real life which will really make you think. Grady Hendrix is very clever in his writing and there is one scene that is so claustrophobic my chest was incredibly tight the whole time I was reading it, the suspence and atmosphere he creates is fantastic. I do wish there were more scenes like this though, filled with suspence and terror because for a horror book I did find this slightly light on the scares.  

My only complaint with the writing is that there is a second character who I personally feel was not featured enough. I related way more to the second character but I feel like she wasn't featured enough in order to make the proper impact that was intended. I also very much preferred this character to Kris. I found Kris to be quite unlikeable as a character.

If you are a fan of metal (seriously this book is jam packed with band references) or horror you should 100% pick this up, even if you aren't I think you would still enjoy this book as it's thought provoking and quite fun. Be warned though, it is slightly gory in some parts so not for the weak stomached! 


1 comment

  1. Great review!! I definitely need to check this one out! I recently heard an interview with this author on Books in the Freezer podcast :-D

    Erica | Erica Robyn Reads


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